Arriving in Côte d’Azur

In Never say never again, Bond travels to the south of France in pursuit of Largo and his yacht. He arrives with British Caledonian airways to the tones of Sophie Della’s ”Une chanson d’amour” and the camera pans over Monaco and port Hercule to show Bond’s arrival to the Riviera (followed by the stupid and badly written ‘Felix Leiter scene’ at the airport). 
In the next scene we see Bond’s plane land at the airport in Nice Côte d’Azur. That makes this view contradictory since Bond’s plane would not fly over Monaco coming from London. But perhaps director Kershner wanted to picture a classic, beautiful view over the Riviera and Monte Carlo is a convenient site and definitively well recognizable. 

Monaco has changed a little since 1983 but almost all the buildings on the ‘front row’ are still recognizable. The biggest change of course being the expanded pier, a construction that took place in 2001 in order to accommodate lager cruise ships. 

Not much more needs to be said about this fabulous location. Monte Carlo is definitively one of the most beautiful Bond locations in the world and a personal favorite of mine…

Sophie Della’s song of love is the perfect soundtrack for flying into Nice. It is truly a remarkable approach when you’re flying alongside the coast and finally lands, with this music in your ipod.

Happy landings! 

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