The Architecture of James Bond

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As astute film fans, we know that a Bond movie isn’t a Bond movie without some exotic locales, an interminably long car chase, and, of course, plenty of spectacular architecture — the latter sometimes rendering even the most boring of movies watchable (we’re looking at you Diamonds Are Forever).

Strangely enough, Iam Fleming, the creator of the series, was a harsh critic of modern architecture, even going so far as to name Bond’s greatest villain, Goldfinger, after the English Brutalist architect, Ernő Goldfinger. Nevertheless, the films are littered with sculptural concrete and steel marvels, and we couldn’t think of 007 without them.

Guggenheim Bilbao
Bilbao, Spain
Designed by Frank Gehry
Featured in ‘The World Is Not Enough‘ (1997)

Photo: Roland Halbe

ESO Hotel
Cerro Paranal, Chile
Designed by Auer + Weber Architekten
Featured in ‘Quantum of Solace‘ (2008)

Festival House Bregenz
Bregenz, Austria
Designed by Dietrich and Untertrifaller
Featured in “Quantum of Solace” (2008)

Photo: Leland Y. Lee

Elrod House
Palm Springs, California
Designed by John Lautner
Featured in ‘Diamonds Are Forever‘ (1971)

Photo: Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Miami Beach, Florida
Designed by Morris Lapidus
Featured in ‘Goldfinger‘ (1964)

BONUS: Trellick Tower
London, UK
Designed by Ernő Goldfinger
Goldfinger’s name provided the inspiration for Fleming’s greatest villain.

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