Craig Sera Sera, that’s a wrap from the 12th Bond.. and he’ll sure miss those exotic missions.
So which countries has 007 visited most, other than England where he works?
Well of the 50 he’s been to, Italia would seem to have been his favourite with the spy having touched down in Il Bel Paese eight times.
And this time it’s the European City of Culture for 2019, Matera, which is getting its place in the sun this time.
With its houses. built into caves, cobbled streets and high arches a dramatic backdrop for the opening scenes.
And Felice Giorni for Matera with the town’s mayor, Raffaello De Ruggieri, predicting its association with Bond will be worth $20 million to the local economy.
In truth this is probably the highpoint of the movie, and all before the credits and Billie Eilish’s disappointing dirge of a soundtrack.
As Daddy’s Little Girl rightly pointed out the best bits were the locales.
Live and Let Spy
With Britain and America enjoying that much feted special relationship it is unsurprising that The Oo Es of Eh is his next favourite stop-off.
And we particularly enjoy his forays into Florida and its keys… whose pleasures I had to put off on the outbreak of Covid but where I intend to fulfil just as soon as.
Ski another day
Next up might be less predictable, Austria, but then we have to remember its stunning snowscapes and Bond’s love of winter sports which of course we share.
Although we have never seen him on the slopes of Soll while we have enjoyed skiing alongside some dapper fancied-dressed folks.
And we look forward to seeing a penguin-suited Bond on the piste some time soon.
For Bond anoraks it’s an easy question but which is the only country in a film title?
The spy who came in from the Red
Yes, the old Soviet Union, or Russia as we knew it in shorthand.
And as well as the titular film From Russia With Love, Bond turns up in Fabergeland another three times.
It has been the crossroads for espionage since first the first looked out over each other at either side of the Bosphorus.
Three’s a charm
And the West Indies’ biggest island is where we first fell in love with Bond on the Laughing Waters beach in Ocho Rios.
Or Sean Connery to be more precise, even if you were a red-blooded bloke, you actually wanted to be him.
And be with Ursula Andress.
There was much fuss too about Daniel Craig with his take on coming out of the water, ripped and in a pair of budgie smugglers.
Only thing is a budgie has more charisma.
Craig Sera Sera… whatever will be, will be.