"Fleming liked to travel. In his book Thrilling Cities (1963), published close to his eventual death in 1964, Fleming recalls traveling to 13 cities including Hong Kong, Las Vegas, New York, Berlin, Venice and Vienna. Many of these cities were to feature in his Bond novels and later in the films," says geopolitics professor Klaus Dodds at Royal Holloway, University of London.
"Once the films started to be released in 1962 onwards, geography became an even more important element in the narrative arc of the film. From Dr. No (1962) onwards, a patchwork of places provided an essential element in the development of the story. His visits to M’s Office in London were one such element in the geography of James Bond. Reassuring stable, and rather old fashioned, Bond learned of his impending mission. In From Russia with Love (1963), Bond is quickly dispatched to Istanbul, which serves to highlight well both the exoticism of the Oriental city and the fault-lines of the Cold War. We sometimes forget that airline travel was only for the very privileged in the 1960s so filmmakers had a certain license to stereotype."
Here the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey, lights up with restaurants and trendy cafes under the Galata bridge spanning the straits of the Golden Horn. In the background the Yeni Cami (New Mosque) in seen in the historic center, classified as a World Heritage by UNESCO.