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007 slept here...and here by Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

You will certainly recognise these handsome fellows (with the possible exception of the man second from the right). But if the six incarnations of James Bond appear a little waxen, that's because they're part of a new exhibition at Madame Tussauds which runs for two months before it sets off on a worldwide tour. Nothing new there, of course – can there be a corner of the globe 007 hasn't visited? We look back at a selection of the glamorous hotels that have welcomed Bond over the years.One & Only Beach Club, Bahamas

Who can forget the beach scene in Casino Royale, featuring Daniel Craig and a pair of tight swimming trunks? Casino Royale was Craig’s first outing as 007 and luckily for him, a large chunk of the movie was shot on location at One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. The location scouts did well: the Beach Club is one of the most beautiful resorts in the Bahamas, set on one of its finest beaches. The resort has recently opened a super-glamorous infinity pool overlooking the ocean – perhaps 007 should make a return visit before Craig finally hangs up his trunks?Hotel Cala di Volpe, Sardinia

Cala di Volpe, on the Costa Smeralda, featured in The Spy Who Loved Me. Built to resemble a traditional fishing village, the hotel oozes style and charm and is just the sort of place you would expect to find Roger Moore’s 007 (he arrives in a white Lotus Esprit). Curiously, instead of shooting the bedroom scene in an actual bedroom, the production team recreated a bedroom in the piano bar. We prefer the real bedrooms, which are simple but luxurious, featuring white-washed walls, local crafts and hand-painted furnishings. Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel, Buckinghamshire

Stoke Park has the distinction of hosting two James Bonds: Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies. But if the hotel had to choose a favourite Bond, we're betting it would go with Connery: the classic duel between 007 and Goldfinger (with Oddjob as caddy) on Stoke Park's golf course is one of the most exciting games ever filmed. It's even said to have sparked Connery's own enduring love of the game.Hotel Atlantic Kempinski, Hamburg

Remember the scene in Tomorrow Never Dieswhere Bond, played by Pierce Brosnan, climbs onto the roof of the hotel after he’s killed Dr Kaufman? The scene was shot at the Atlantic Hotel, overlooking Lake Alster, in Hamburg. The globe on the roof was real, but the elegant suite from which 007 made his unconventional exit was hundreds of miles away – in Stoke Park. Image ©Hotel Atlantic Kempinski HamburgThe Peninsula Hong Hong

Much of The Man with the Golden Gun, starring Roger Moore, was shot on location at The Peninsula in Hong Kong. To mark the general release of the new Bond movie, Spectre, the hotel has put together a themed package called All About Bond (from HK$ 8,740 a night; available throughout November), which includes six-course dinner, limited edition Bollinger Spectre Champagne, James Bond-themed cocktails and a helicopter tour of Hong Kong. The package coincides with an exhibition of Bond photographs by celebrated photographer Terry O’Neill. Read more about the exhibition

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