Arts + Culture

James Bond's Greatest Travel Moments

by Matthew Link

THAILAND

Phang Nga Bay, with its otherworldly, sliver-shaped limestone islands, was nearly unknown when Roger Moore traveled here in 1974's The Man With the Golden Gun. His mission: to search out three-nippled hit man Scaramanga, who charges $1 million to assassinate people with his golden bullets. Moore discovers Scaramanga's surreal, fun house–like base of operations on an island in Phang Nga Bay, where the bad guy is developing the "solex agitator," a powerful tool to harness the sun's power to destructive ends. In reality, the Thai government has gentler plans for the area: It moved to protect the bay in 1981 by creating the Ao Phang Nga National Park. These days visitors can stay overnight at simple bungalows on the mainland and board a junk or kayak to visit Scaramanga's lair, officially called Khow-Ping-Kan but better known nowadays as James Bond Island.

Ao Phang Nga National Park
Tel: 66 7641 1136
Email: reserve@dnp.go.th

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