In Never Say Never Again, Fatima Blush kills Bond’s ally Nicole, agent 326, and escapes in her Renault 5 Turbo 2 through the streets of Villefranche-Sur-Mer and Menton. Bond pursues Fatima on his motorbike supplied by Q. A large part of the motorbike chase was filmed in the beautiful town of Menton on the French Riviera.
As Bond is driving up some steps in the old part of Menton, the side of a church is briefly visible at the top of the steps. The church visible in the background is the Basilique Saint Michel, a Catholic basilica located in Menton’s historic city centre.
The construction of the basilica begun in 1619 at the request of the Prince of Monaco, Honoré II, who was the son of Hercule, Lord of Monaco between 1562 and 1604. The basilica has been a historic monument since 1947. If you are walking down the steps back to the city centre, you will find a lot of nice restaurants and small shops. For instance, Place aux Herbes is a perfect place for a spot of lunch.
Bond is coming down Rue de Palmier with the motorbike and continues up the steps to Place de la Conception in front of Basilique Saint Michel. From the top of the steps you will have a beautiful view over the sea and part of the Menton coast line that leads to Italy.
Very briefly seen behind Bond, as he drives down Place de la Conception, is another chapel visible, namely Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs, also known as Chapelle de la Conception. The chapel is facing the sea.
|Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs in the background and Basilique Saint Michel visible to the left|