James Bond in the Bahamas

The Bahamas, particularly Nassau, has played a significant role in the James Bond film franchise, serving as a stunning backdrop for several iconic scenes. The relationship between James Bond and the Bahamas began with the 1965 film Thunderball and continued with Never Say Never Again (1983) and Casino Royale (2006). All three films relied heavily on locations in and around Nassau & Paradise Island.

However almost every James Bond film with an underwater scene was filmed in the Bahamas. Due to the Bahamas water’s unique properties of shallow, crystal clear water, bright sunlight and accessible filming locations. Other films include: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977):, For Your Eyes Only (1981), The World is Not Enough (1999).

Consider booking a Nassau to Exuma Day Trip to visit the Thunderball filming locations in the Exuma Islands.

James Bond Filming Locations in Nassau

The Bahamas’ allure for Bond filmmakers lies in its exquisite natural beauty, turquoise waters, and the perfect blend of tropical paradise and luxury. The country’s government and tourism industry have actively promoted these Bond connections, further establishing the Bahamas as a premier destination for Bond enthusiasts and travelers seeking to experience the allure of the 007 lifestyle.

The Bahamas have become an integral part of the James Bond film legacy, featuring prominently in several films. The stunning landscapes, underwater scenes, and luxurious settings have made the Bahamas an iconic Bond destination, attracting fans and tourists from around the world.

James Bond in the Bahamas

Keep an eye out for our James Bond in the Bahamas information snippets which can be found in our Nassau Attractions that have James Bond film locations. Here we outline the three 007 films which featured most in Nassau:

1. Thunderball (1965): This Bond classic marked the Bahamas’ debut in the franchise. Nassau, specifically Paradise Island and the surrounding Exuma Cays, served as the primary filming location. The film prominently featured the stunning underwater scenes with Sean Connery’s Bond engaged in thrilling underwater battles, which showcased the beauty of the Bahamian coral reefs and crystal-clear waters. The iconic Junkanoo Festival, a Bahamian cultural celebration, also made an appearance in the film, adding to the local flavor.

2. Never Say Never Again (1983): Although not part of the official EON Productions Bond series, this film starring Sean Connery was filmed partly in Nassau. Scenes were shot in downtown Nassau Harbour and other locations around the island. The film contributed to the Bahamas’ cinematic Bond legacy, showcasing its picturesque landscapes and luxurious settings.

3. Casino Royale (2006): While not primarily set in the Bahamas, this James Bond reboot featured a memorable poker game scene at the Ocean Club, a luxurious resort on Paradise Island in Nassau. This location added an element of glamour and sophistication to the film, reinforcing the Bahamas’ association with the Bond franchise.