Arts + Culture

James Bond's Greatest Travel Moments

by Matthew Link


In what may be the most famous beach scene ever, Ursula Andress arose from the Caribbean in 1962's Dr. No, singing "Underneath the Mango Tree" in a white bikini—complete with knife sheath belt. Sean Connery looked on and then joined her in a duet. Ian Fleming himself was impressed enough to mention Andress by name in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the novel he published the following year. (Andress also played the role of Vesper in the 1967 Peter Sellers spoof Casino Royale—a role reprised by French actress Eva Green in the 2006 version.) The scene was shot on the stretch of sand known as Laughing Waters in St. Ann, Jamaica (near Fleming's own house, Goldeneye), but it stood in for Crab Key, the island hideaway where Dr. No controlled U.S. rockets using an atomic-powered radio system. Laughing Waters—just west of the more familiar swimming hole Dunn's River Falls—was heavily damaged by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, but was restored by the Jamaican government, which now owns the area.

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