Working backwards through the events of the film, the first stop on my Bond itinerary was the Pont Alexandre III that spans the River Seine. James Bond jumps from this bridge on to a boat in pursuit of May Day, who has herself just landed on the vessel after parachuting from the Eiffel Tower. A boat very much like the one Bond encounters was passing underneath the bridge as I looked over the side, and though I wasn't tempted to emulate Bond, I did consider the practicalities of Bond's jump. Not as easy as it looks, I decided.
|The Pont Alexandre III in A View To A Kill (top) and now|
|Bond approaching a barrier on Quai Branly (top). The site today (bottom)|
|The steps at Pont d'Iena in A View To A Kill (top) and today|
|View of Quai Branly from the Eiffel Tower (some of which is replicated in the film's Paris poster)|
|Terminus Nord, Bond's favourite Parisian hotel|
For the James Bond fan on the look-out for Bond-related locations, Paris has a lot to offer. Not only can you visit some of the places seen on the screen and mentioned in the pages of Bond's adventures, but you can also experience something of the James Bond lifestyle by staying in the hotel Bond stays in or eating or drinking in Bond's favourite restaurants. Just don't go borrowing any taxis.