Next weekend, 20-22 January 2012, I will visit Venice for the first time.
A good person to ask for travel advice is my old mate James Bond.
He has already been to this beautiful city three times, the first time in 1963 in “From Russia with Love“. James Bond and Soviet spy Tatiana Romanova leave the Orient Express between Zagreb and Venice, hijack a truck, drive to a dock and embark on a speedboat with destination Venice, not without having to fight off a squadron of boats manned by the criminal organisation SPECTRE:
(I know, some of these old clips are dreadful to watch now. But the last clip from “Casino Royale” will compensate you for the ordeal.)
James Bond returned to Venice in 1979 for “Moonraker“. Bond went to Venice to investigate a laboratory used to manufacture biological weapons, and to team up with astronaut and CIA agent Dr Holly Goodhead. Inevitably, Bond is chased around the canals in his gondola:
(Yes, I also find the hovercraft gondola silly.)
The last time that James Bond was in Venice was in “Casino Royale” (2006), in my opinion one of the best James Bond films of all times.
Here is the scene in which James Bond and Vesper Lynd come to Venice in their yacht:
But he should not have taken Ms Lynd with him. Because Bond later finds out that she stole the money that he had won at the poker tournament in Montenegro. The following clip (unfortunately without dialogue) shows part of the finale in which Bond pursues Ms Lynd and her co-conspirators. They end up in a building under renovation which is being kept from sinking by inflatable supports. In the gunfight, the supports are punctured and the building eventually sinks.
Don’t worry, Venice. I will try not to destroy any of your buildings during my stay.