The Bahamas is a classic Bond location: many Bond scenes have been filmed here, including for Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983) both starring Connery, Licence To Kill (1989) and Casino Royale (2006) and subaquatic scenes were filmed for You Only Live Twice (1965), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), For Your Eyes Only(1981) and The World Is Not Enough (1999).
Locals love to talk about Bond films, perhaps because the movies with scenes filmed here were shot when Nassau and some of the other 700 islands that make up the 180,000 square miles of the Bahamas were nothing like the tourist destinations they’ve become today.
Thunderball, the fourth movie in the Bond series, is set largely in The Bahamas. The Thunderball cinema poster is hung in the sky lounge onboard Yacht Sweet Escape.
Thunderball Grotto, located just west of Staniel Cay, is a fantastic underwater cave system that is great for snorkeling, diving, and wading. It is teeming with exotic marine life and a kaleidoscope of brilliantly coloured coral reefs and fish, like yellow-tail snappers, angel-fish, sergeant majors and the like. The Grotto's mystique is heightened by the small, almost hidden entrance. It is advised to enter at ebb tide (low or slack tide) and snorkeling equipment is optional, fins or flippers suggested. At high tide, however, diving equipment is necessary. Yacht Sweet Escape crew will be waiting at the exit for our guests, as the currents can on occasion be substantially stronger than anticipated.
The grotto got its name, i.e. Thunderball Grotto, from the 1965 James Bond spy film Thunderball, which was shot there. It was also the site of another James Bond film, Never Say Never Again in 1983, also based on the Thunderball novel.
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Combining two iconic Bond elements, celebrity photographer Annie Leibowitz shot a Louis Vuitton campaign in the Bahamas with Sir Sean himself posing on a dock with a Louis Vuitton bag. Sir Sean resides in The Bahamas and has had a love affair with golf since filming Goldfinger in 1964. Courchevel 1850 and neighboring Meribel, both have golf courses. The Bahamas has over 10 courses while you can hit eco-golf balls aft-deck Yacht Sweet Escape.
As it is Valentines Day coming up, hint hint, Yacht Sweet Escape suggests a gift of some new luggage that will be yacht appropriate, (a story for another time), and who can’t help but love the new Louis Vuitton Keepall 50. For the Pre-collection Spring-Summer 2019, The iconic Keepall Bandoulière readies for space tourism. First introduced in the 1930s, the Keepall is here fashioned from Monogram Satellite canvas with the classic LV Initials and Monogram blossoms on shiny silver canvas. Silver-color and blue-color hardware complete the journey.
The Best James Bond Ski scenes
Daniel Craig, Spectre, 2015
Roger Moor, The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977
George Lazenby, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 1969
Pierce Brosnan, The World Is Not Enough, 1999
Roger Moore, A View to a Kill, 1985
Timothy Dalton, The Living Daylights, 1987
Chalet Sweet Escape is located in the center of Courchevel 1850 and all of it’s high end shopping and art galleries. The photograph below of the waiters skiing epitomizes the grandeur of the ski scenes of the early 1960’s and just how fabulous it all was. This Slim Aaron’s photograph hangs in Chalet Sweet Escape as a simple reminder of a wonderful time.
While your charter may not allow much time in Nassau to fulfill your shopping list, try pre-arranging it to be onboard for arrival through our local contacts. Don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange for you the ultimate shopping concierge service from John Bull, including Cartier, Tiffany, BVLGARI, and Rolex of course. From ultra rare pieces, to the right sizes, John Bull has several locations in The Bahamas where the right piece may just be or be delivered to. They are in Atlantis, Albany and Bay Street while they also have boutiques through some Bahamas Islands. While your ski trip may include strolls along the Croisette and window shopping at the art galleries, Chelsea and Liam, (our team at Chalet Sweet Escape), can arrange your special gifts or treats to be delivered wherever, or however you like.