The James Bond Tour of New York City
Hi all, just a quick round up of some fun Bondian things to do whilst you’re in New York. Matt Spaiser of The Suits of James Bond was kind enough to show me around.
The Voodoo Shop from Live and Let Die is no longer a jewellers but a hair salon. This can be found on 33 east 65th street.
Calling in on Sean
A few blocks down you can find Sean Connery’s New York apartment. We hung around for a bit but sadly no show from Sean.
The apartment is an 1869 town house at 173-175 East 71st Street that has been declared a landmark; it was converted into two condominiums in 1986. Full story on that has been covered by the New York Times.
Sean is rarely there. According to Matt Sean’s son is the occupant and Sean only comes to town for the US open.
Are you coming back as James Bond?
The Stephen Colbert show where Danny Boy announced his return (seems so long ago now doesn’t it?) is hosted at the Ed Sullivan Theater at 1697 Broadway.
You can apply for free tickets here.
Property of a Lady
A visit to the wonderful The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York you’ll find some Faberge Eggs. The pictures don’t do them justice I’m afraid but they are truly things of beauty up close.
When you buy tickets to the Met you also get free entrance to the other connected museums, the Cloisters and the Breuer.
We went to the Breuer but sadly, the only thing we can recommend there was the coffee. It was all a bit weird and abstract for our tastes. Gave my girlfriend nightmares.
Hop on hop off
I’d recommend getting the Top View Bus tour tickets for these we purchased down in the financial district, same place you’d buy tickets to get the ferry to see The Statue of Liberty.
We found just asking the locals and people at kiosks was the best way to get info. Some very friendly and accommodating people in NYC.
The tour will take you for an entire lap around New York, the Meat Packing District and Central Park up into Harlem where you’ll see famous Apollo Theatre. Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane have all played there.
Interestingly this used to be a ‘whites only’ venue, until the Harlem Renaissance housed a lot African Americans and they opened the doors to capture the market or colourful musicians and actors that were living locally at the time.
You can also listen to Matt Spaiser and I talk about the Suits of James Bond on the From Tailors With Love podcast. New episodes every fortnight on Wednesday available on iTunes.
This week we spoke to Jany Temime, costume designer for Skyfall and Spectre about her career and working with Daniel Craig.