I always think movies have a considerable power in establishing a location in people’s minds. If I see a movie that depicts a region with stunning scenery and amazing landscapes, I often find myself adding it to my list of dream destinations – which is now basically the length of a phone directory.
We often get requests for tours that directly mention destinations that the traveler has noticed in a movie – inquiries for Bali certainly took a noticeable jump when Eat, Pray, Love was released for example.
One such iconic destination made famous by the silver screen is Koh Tapu – now known as James Bond Island. The idyllic Thai island was thrust into the world’s consciousness because of the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun staring Roger Moore as 007.
The tiny isle captured the imagination of viewers, and since the movie – which was used as the location for the evil villain ‘Scaramanga’s’ hideout – the island in Ao Phang Nga National Park has been named ‘James Bond Island’, perhaps to make it as plainly obvious as possible for travelers to find it!