Last week, we shared the secret roulette system James Bond used when he was playing the tables in Las Vegas.
This week, here’s a rundown of some of the places secret agent 007 liked to frequent when he was in the Big Apple.
The literary version of James Bond visited New York City on a number of occasions; leaving his mark with more than just crumpled bed sheets and empty Martini glasses.
Sadly, however, many of the legendary establishments Bond mentioned in 1963’s 007 in New York have since gone out of business, changed hands or been demolished – including the stunning Astor hotel he stays in at Times Square.
But Bond fans can still get a taste of how 007 experienced the city. Some of the spots mentioned in 007 in New York still exist – giving you the opportunity to eat, drink and sleep just like the legendary secret agent did.
- The Carlyle – Only one of the many hotels James Bond mentioned in 1963’s 007 in New York remain – the stunning Carlyle on Madison Avenue. Incredibly luxurious, this hotel is still going strong – and was actually voted Condé Nast Traveler's 2011 Readers' Choice as Best Hotel in New York. If you can afford a room or suite, you’ll enjoy stunning views of Central Park. Otherwise, just enjoy a dry martini (shaken, not stirred) in the Bemelman’s Bar downstairs.
- The Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station – Throughout the many James Bond books, our favorite secret agent expresses a consistent preference for eating station food. He takes this to extremes in the Big Apple; dining in style in the city’s most famous Oyster Bar, located in the heart of stunning Grand Central Station. Bond enjoyed Oyster Stew and a Miller High Life. These days, you might prefer fresh blue points on the half shell and a glass of 2008 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.
- Bond 45 – James Bond famously enjoyed the “jungle” of Times Square – and got a kick from seeing a gentleman’s tailors that shared his name have BOND written in neon letters “a mile high.” Today, that storefront retains its name, but has been reinvented as a classic seafood steakhouse. Their Prohibition Bar is another great place to score a dry martini.
- Central Park Zoo – In 007 in New York, James Bond was on a secret assignment to warn an agent that her new boyfriend was a Russian spy. They arranged to meet at the reptile house in the famous Central Park Zoo – only for Bond to realize, too late, that there wasn’t one! That’s a mistake that has since been remedied; and the lovely little zoo in the heart of New York City boasts an exhibit dedicated to “the scaly wonders of the reptile world.”
- The Unisphere – When James Bond touches down in New York for the first time, he notes that the Van Wyck Expressway is being torn up and rebuilt. That was for the 1964 World’s Fair, held in Queens. The stunning legacy of that world famous event – the 12 story tall Unisphere – still remains in Corona Park and the 900,000lb steel structure is certainly worth a visit. It's as impressive as any supervillain’s secret lair.
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