Arts + Culture

James Bond's Greatest Travel Moments

by Matthew Link

ORIENT-EXPRESS

The most celebrated train in the world, the Venice Simplon–Orient-Express played a major role in Bond's life (and his near-death) in 1963's From Russia With Love. He and Russian spy Tatiana Romanova hopped aboard at Sirkeci Station in Istanbul, making love as they sped through Belgrade and Zagreb, before being duped by Soviet spy Red Grant (played by a bleach-blond Robert Shaw, better known as the quirky sea captain from Jaws). Luckily, 007 disposes of Red out of the train's window. That scene—and, of course, the Agatha Christie murder mystery—hasn't scared travelers away from boarding the luxury train's blue-and-gold carriages, which still rumble between Venice and Istanbul by way of Bucharest, Budapest, and Vienna. The adventure is more subdued than what Bond experienced, but the romance—with the help of French silverware, heavy crystal, and polished brass—is still very much in place.

Orient-Express
Tel: 800 524 2420
$7,840 per person for five nights, meals included

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