28 Sep 2014

Welcome to Cuba - Cádiz, Spain

-It seems Mr Zao has lost himself in Havana. If you find him, say goodbye from us..."

Die Another Day, Brosnan's last outing as 007, premiered in 2002, the year when Bond celebrated 40 years on the big screen in 2002. The film takes Bond from North Korea, via Hong Kong to Cuba, London and Iceland. After escaping a British warship in Victoria Harbour, Bond drys off at the Rubyeon Royale Hotel in Hong Kong, where he convinces the Chinese intelligence to send him to Cuba in pursuit of Zao. 

Bond is walking down the seafront promenade in "Havana". All the scenes in Cuba were actually filmed in Cádiz, a city on the Spanish Atlanic coast and that is where you find the beautiful coastline from the film. Parts of Cádiz was cleverly remodeled to look like the Cuba, and when you visit Cádiz you understand that it is not very far-fetched. The city could easily have been located in the Caribbean.

Brosnan is walking down the part of the seafront promenade that is located right next to the Cádiz cathedral. Parts of the cathedral can be seen behind Bond in the film. The cathedral was built during the 18th century but right opposite of the cathedral is the Iglesia de Santa Cruz. A smaller church that dates back to the 13th century. This building is not seen in the film, but it is on the roof of this building where Bond meets Raoul for the first time. The Iglesia de Santa Cruz will be covered later.

Cádiz is a beautiful and very interesting city that is well worth visiting. One of the oldest port towns in the world, as well as the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe, it is located roughly two hours north of Gibraltar. Not much else needs to be said about this amazing location, it simply must be seen. Walking or driving down the promenade is a memorable experience and Cádiz as a city is probably the most interesting location from Die Another Day. The scene with Brosnan walking down the promenade lasts for a few seconds, but will remain for generations.

Cádiz Cathedral as well as Iglesia de Santa Cruz are located right next to the "Brosnan walk".

After a 15 minute walk from the Cathedral you reach the beach, a beach that stretches several kilometers to the south and is considered to be one of the best beaches in Europe.

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