You know the drill: sexy cars, impossibly gorgeous scenery, sparkling jewels, edge-of-your-seat espionage and just the right amount of romance to round things out — served with a martini, stirred, not shaken. If you’ve ever fallen under the spell of a James Bond film, you’ll love the new collection of private, 007-inspired travel experiences paying homage to dazzling locations from the film franchise — all curated by U.K.- and U.S.-based Black Tomato (official partner of EON Productions) in collaboration with Globe-Trotter, a British luxury travel lifestyle brand and maker of handcrafted luggage and fine leather goods collections.
“We’re incredibly honored to be working with the James Bond team in this first-of-its-kind travel partnership for the 007 brand,” said Tom Marchant, co-founder, Black Tomato. “It’s part of Black Tomato’s DNA to take inspiration from other cultural phenomenon outside of the traditional travel space, and to have the opportunity to work with arguably the biggest film franchise of all time is a huge privilege and special milestone for the company. Curious by nature, it was important for us to take an inquisitive approach to this collaboration and in bringing to life the James Bond world, and we can’t wait to introduce this initial bold and breath-taking new itinerary to clients and discerning fans.”
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Timed to commemorate this year’s James Bond 60th anniversary, each of the 60 limited-edition trips is planned with the expertise of a team, including seasoned James Bond location scouts, and is designed to be an immersive and luxurious plunge into the world of Bond.
While full itineraries and details will be divulged in March, travelers can allow their wanderlust to be titillated by these previews:
Behind the Scenes at Chantilly
Journey from Paris to the countryside and charming Chantilly, the location of the Château de Chantilly, which served as the fictional estate of über-villain Max Zorin in A View to Kill (1985). Bond’s curiosity over the remarkable success of Zorin’s racehorses will be explored via a guided horseback riding excursion through Chantilly Forest, exclusive access to Les Aigles racetrack with a tour and a private tete-a-tete with professional jockeys and trainers. The trip also includes a guided tour through the chateau and its film locations.
A Lake Como Adventure
Water ski along the shore of Moltrasio from the private dock at your hotel, then board a private seaplane to soar above Bellagio and Varenna to Villa La Gaeta, the lakeside home of SPECTRE agent Mr. White from Licence to Kill (1989). Next, return to terra firma to board an oh-so-Bond wooden Riva boat for a bottle of 007’s favorite label, Champagne Bollinger. Refreshed, speed away to Villa del Balbianello for a private tour of locations from Casino Royale (2006).
Monaco by Night
A visit to Casino de Monte-Carlo, a pivotal location in GoldenEye (1995), comes with VIP access and the chance to try your own luck at the tables in an elegant and exclusive private gambling room that’s usually a no-access zone for the public. Not a pro? You will be after a private lesson in the game of your choosing.
“I am thrilled that EON Productions are partnering with the creative travel minds at Black Tomato, who have storytelling at the heart of their brand and have proven expertise in bringing iconic stories and literary adventures to life,” said Ali James, location manager. “Having had the privilege of scouting international locations on Spectre I know first-hand how destinations play a pivotal role in the production process of the James Bond films. It’s been a pleasure to see Black Tomato’s vision for transporting travelers into the world of 007 so that people can experience Bond’s rich travel history for themselves.”
Lock in one of the exclusive trips — including a Globe-Trotter attaché case — for $10,000, or any multiple of $10,000. The stunning case arrives with a trip voucher for the cost of the trip, redeemable against the trip once full details and itineraries are revealed. In the event the itinerary doesn’t work with your schedule or other plans, this amount may be refunded or used for another Black Tomato expedition. Each of the custom attaché cases comes with an unobtrusive commemorative metal plaque displaying both the case number and number associated with the upcoming trip (001 of 060). The swish case is embellished with black, silver and gold dots venerating the iconic opening title sequences of the Dr. No (1962) film produced 60 years ago by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman.
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