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Anyone who's ever seen a James Bond film, or even read the books, knows that this fictitious spy has been all over the world, from the streets of London, England, to the shores of Ao Phang-Nga, Thailand. This year, the popular movie series is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Aussie travellers who want to retrace the steps of their favourite action hero can hop around the world. Their mission? Having a holiday unlike any other. Thankfully, Lonely Planet has compiled a list of the best places to visit for a 007-themed vacation.
First stop: Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
During San Francisco holidays, travellers will undoubtedly visit Fisherman's Wharf, which is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. It's also where a scene in "A View to a Kill," which starred Roger Moore as 007, was filmed. After reenacting the bit where Bond meets up with an American CIA agent, visitors should make their way to the nearby Golden Gate Bridge or enjoy a decadent scoop of ice cream at Ghirardelli Square.
Up next: Himeji Castle, Japan
Although the British actor Daniel Craig has certainly impressed the critics with his dashing good looks and youthful body, Sean Connery was the ultimate James Bond. His deep speech and fuzzy chest have been spoofed and revived ever since he first became the international spy, and in "You Only Live Twice," he travels throughout Japan, fighting the bad guys without losing any of his charm.
At the Himeji Castle, which is featured in dozens of other films, visitors can wander the grounds and reenact ninja fighting scenes or simply take a photo with their best Bond pose.
Last stop: Nassau, Bahamas
As the newest Bond, Daniel Craig has created an entirely new 007 persona. Unlike Roger Moore, Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, Craig is first and foremost an action hero. In 2006's "Casino Royale," Bond went all over the world, including France's Versaille, the Czech Republic and the tropical island of Nassau in the Bahamas.
As with any other holiday in paradise, Aussies can practice their best impersonation of Bond coming out of the water with little more than a tight swimsuit. Or, if they charter a speed boat, they can safely weave their way through the turquoise water and imagine they're being chased by some roughnecks.
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