We all have watched James Bond throughout the years and not until Skyfall did we really learn about Bonds background and especially his Scottish birth in Edinburgh and his upbringing at the large estate of the same name. Where was it filmed, well we all know its suppose to be Scotland but was it? Well of course it was it was filmed on Dalness Estate which is part of the stunning scenery of Glen Etive.
At the north end of Glen Etive lie the two mountains known as the "Herdsmen of Etive": Buachaille Etive Mòr and Buachaille Etive Beag. Other peaks accessible from the Glen include Ben Starav, located near the head of Loch Etive, and Beinn Fhionnlaidh on the northern side of the glen. The scenic beauty of the glen has led to its inclusion the Ben Nevis and Glen Coe National Scenic Area, one of 40 such areas in Scotland. A narrow road from the Kings House Hotel runs down the glen, serving several houses and farms. This road ends at the head of the loch, though rough tracks continue along both shores. The River Etive is one of Scotland's most popular and challenging white water kayaking runs. It provides a multitude of solid Grade 4 rapids with a variety of falls and pool drops.
The story of Bond is not the only story from this region another goes bake many centuries and thats the myth of the In Scottish folklore the fachan is a monster or giant described by John Francis Campbell in Popular Tales of the West Highlands as having a single eye in the middle of its face, a single hand protruding from its chest instead of arms, and a single leg emerging from its central axis. It has a single tuft of hair on the top of its head, regarding which Campbell says "it were easier to take a mountain from the root than to bend that tuft." Campbell draws attention to the possible influence of creatures from Arabic tradition such as the Nesnas or Shikk, described as "half of a human being" and hopping about on one leg with great agility.
The World is not enough.
Like all James Bond films they are filmed all over the world but I think in World is not enough many people are seeing what is the iconic Scottish castle which has been used by the film industry many times and it gets called the Fairy Tale Castle and most people which to sleep in it to owning it and that is Eilean Donan Castle, not only the castle is stunning but the surrounding scenery is. Your host has been to this castle on many occassions and every time take his breath away. In the James Bond film the castle served as the headquarters of MI6, where Desmond Llewellyn (in his final appearance as the legendary Q character) shows off an array of gadgets to Pierce Brosnan’s Bond including bagpipes that double as a machine gun.
Eilean Donan is part of the Kintail National Scenic Area, one of 40 in Scotland. In 2001, the island had a recorded population of just one person, but there were no "usual residents" at the time of the 2011 census. Eilean Donan, which means simply "island of Donnán", is named after Donnán of Eigg, a Celtic saint martyred in 617. Donnán is said to have established a church on the island, though no trace of this remains. The castle was founded in the thirteenth century, and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and their allies the Clan Macrae. In the early eighteenth century, the Mackenzies' involvement in the Jacobite rebellions led in 1719 to the castle's destruction by government ships. Lieutenant-Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap's twentieth-century reconstruction of the ruins produced the present building. More information can be found here
The Spy Who Loved Me
This next place is not really open to the public as its home of the UK nuclear submarines andthey just don't just let anyone walk through the gates for a look around. Faslane Naval Base home to the Scottish headquarters of the Royal Navy, here we learn of Commander Bond’s naval background as he’s briefed on a missing submarine. Several real-life British Navy vessels would appear throughout the Bond franchise, with scenes in Tomorrow Never Dies and You Only Live Twice among others, but fortunately this particular missing submarine, the HMS Ranger, is entirely fictional.
From Russian With Love
The boat chase in the second Bond film is said to have taken place in the Adriatic off the coats of Turkey , but it was filmed on Loch Craignish as Sean Connery to escaped the bad guys. Loch Craignish lies between Oban and the Crinan Canal. Its opens into the Sound of Jura and provides a safe anchorage for small craft. Several islands lie within the loch, the largest being Eilean Rìgh, Eilean Mhic Chrion and Island Macaskin. The village of Ardfern lies on its northwestern shore. Why it was moved from sunny and hot Turkey well the weather was to bad for filming!! Sometimes it is better to be in Scotland.