Arts + Culture

James Bond's Greatest Travel Moments

by Matthew Link

LONDON

In 2002's Die Another Day, Pierce Brosnan as Bond engages in a no-holds-barred fencing match, played the old-fashioned way: by drawing blood from the opponent's torso. (You probably remember the scene mostly for the cameo appearance by a leather-clad Madonna.) Bond and billionaire villain Gustav Graves nearly decimate the fictional club "Blades" in the process, slashing famous paintings, destroying glass weapons cases, and nearly slicing up a few onlookers. Some of the scenes were shot at the historic Reform Club in the neighborhood of St. James's, a gentleman's club that dates from 1841 and has only allowed female members since 1981. (Former members are a manly lot: Winston Churchill, Henry James, and H.G. Wells.) The privileges of joining don't include fencing, sadly, but do encompass billiard tables, a card room, and a library. But you don't need to know a member to gaze on the grand Victorian interiors: Free tour appointments are offered on weekday mornings.

Reform Club
Tel: 44 20 7930 9374

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