What It’s Like: With sophisticated interiors by award-winning designer Jeffrey Beers (think custom silk wall coverings and mod chandeliers), Fifty is equal parts casino, restaurant, bar, and nightclub. Top French-American chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten curates the culinary experience, and British celebrity mixologist Salvatore Calabrese oversees the bar.
The Bond Factor: Current Bond actor Daniel Craig has been spotted off-screen “throwing dice” at the glamorous casino.
Price Tag: Annual membership: $1,165. Or, book an event or large dinner party for entrance without dues.
What It’s Like: Bond likes to travel in style. Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class cabin features fully flat beds (at 79.5", they’re the longest of any airline in business class) with turndown service; state-of-the-art wide-screen entertainment system; and “Freedom” dining (order salmon fillet with dill mustard crust—or anything else—when you want it). Complimentary Cowshed toiletries and bar service round out the VIP treatment.
The Bond Factor: In Quantum of Solace, Bond orders a Vesper martini (invented by Bond himself and named after his lost love) at the swanky onboard bar.
Price Tag: Average round-trip price from New York City in November: $4,100.
What It’s Like: For more than a century, the 135-room Ritz London—a historic landmark on Piccadilly in the heart of London’s West End—has been home away from home for everyone from Edward VII to Julia Roberts.
The Bond Factor: Until December 30, 2008, the Ritz is offering a “James Bond Experience” package that includes breakfast; overnight accommodations for two; dinner for two in The Ritz restaurant; two tickets to the “For Your Eyes Only” exhibit; pre-dinner cocktails at its bar, Rivoli; and temporary membership to the hotel’s exclusive gaming club.
Price Tag: The “James Bond Experience” package is priced from $1,453 for a junior suite.
What It’s Like: Bond always looks effortlessly dapper in a fitted suit. Founded in 1906, Anderson & Sheppard sets the standard for bespoke tailoring (even Tom Ford is a current customer). It offers an array of fine fabrics, like tweeds from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland—many exclusive to the store.
The Bond Factor: While Ian Fleming intentionally never said who James Bond’s tailor was, Anderson & Sheppard is rumored to be an inspiration; the century-old boutique was even referenced in Fleming’s novel Thunderball (1961) as being frequented by Count Lippe, one of Bond’s adversaries.
What It’s Like: Bond likes (and needs) his toys. Spymaster in London’s Portman Square—the largest store in the U.K. specializing in communications and surveillance products—services spies, companies, and run-of-the-mill government officials. “A visit to the Spymaster store is better than seeing Q’s headquarters!” says store director Julia Wing.
The Bond Factor: Who can forget the “glass-shattering ring” in Die Another Day or the flamethrower/machine-gun bagpipe in The World Is Not Enough? Here, would-be secret agents will find popular “Bond” items like video sunglasses and wristwatch walkie-talkies.
Price Tag: Video sunglasses priced from $1,625; wristwatch walkie-talkie from $162.
What It’s Like: Life in the fast lane is Bond’s usual modus operandi, and speedboat chases are de rigueur. Flying Fish Tours’ 75-minute speedboat ride on the Thames offers fleeting views—at speeds of 40-plus mph—of landmarks and attractions along the shoreline, including the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The Bond Factor: For a nail-biting Bond-style speedboat chase on the River Thames, check out The World Is Not Enough (1999).
What It’s Like: Bond embraces aerodynamics, whether skydiving or being shoved from a speeding plane. At the newly opened Bodyflight, the world’s largest—and U.K.’s first—skydiving wind tunnel, visitors have a chance to simulate a free-fall jump indoors (with quick training and proper gear like helmet, goggles, earplugs, and flight suit, of course). In the 26-foot-tall tunnel, wind speeds reach 170 mph. Bodyflight is located in Bedford, approximately 50 minutes from London by train.
The Bond Factor:Quantum of Solace star Daniel Craig and costar Olga Kurylenko shot the film’s skydiving scene here; in the movie, the duo—with the help of the visual effects team—look as if they’re free-falling out of a real plane.
Price Tag: Five minutes of flying time (four “flights”) start at $107.
What It’s Like: It’s no secret that Bond prefers his martinis “shaken, not stirred” (Goldfinger, 1964). Renowned for its well-executed cocktails, the Millbank Lounge in central London is a great place to sample his signature drink—a Vesper martini, made with six parts gin, two parts vodka, and one part Lillet.
The Bond Factor: Here, Bond can sip martinis and keep his eye on spies at the same time: the MI5 security agency headquarters is directly across the river in Vauxhall, and next to MI6, the U.K.’s intelligence agency.
Price Tag: For those who want to master the art of a good martini, cocktail classes at Millbank Lounge start at $77 per person.
What It’s Like: Since the 18th century, fashionable Old Bond Street (no relation between the street and 007), in the trendy Mayfair district, has been a mecca for luxury goods. Home to many of the city’s top clothiers and jewelers, Bond Street is where any stylish agent finds elegant accessories: cuff links, bow ties, and watches.
The Bond Factor: Bond’s watch of choice is the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean—made of stainless steel and bejeweled with an embedded, single sapphire crystal. Look closely: Bond wears the watch in Quantum of Solace, as he has in the past five films.
Price Tag: A limited-edition Seamaster “Quantum of Solace” watch retails for $3,890.
What It’s Like: To be Bond, you must be prepared to jet off to a different country at any moment. In the new film, the secret agent takes off at a moment’s notice to Austria for an assignment at the Bregenz Festival. Against the backdrop of Lake Constance, this 6,880-seat architectural wonder features a “floating stage” (the largest in the world) and showcases international concerts, plays, and operas.
The Bond Factor: The opera theater eye (built for a Tosca production) takes center stage in Quantum of Solace in a thrilling chase through the alpine town of Bregenz.
Price Tag: The popular Lord of the Dance musical (one of 30 monthly performances) debuts in November; tickets priced from $70.