When it was released in 1953, Ian Fleming's book Casino Royale melded perfectly cultural touchstones of the moment: the global fascination with spying, the Cold War, and the shift from World War II austerity in design. There were secret meetings and indulgent settings, with spaces such as this in-the-round wine cellar.
There have, of course, always been James Bond girls, from his endearing MI6 helper Moneypenny to complicated characters such as Vesper Lynd, a feature of the 2006 film Casino Royale. Most kept pace with Bond's intelligence and design sensibilities, and few would have been out of place in swank bedrooms such as this. Full-length draperies add romance around the bed, too, while a lush hide rug provides subdued pattern.
Q is James Bond's tech-smart constant, the in-office agent who provides spy-worthy gadgets to assist Bond's almost-superhuman feats. In the movies, the tech has kept pace with current times, including false fingerprints and finger recognition on guns. Q would have taken great pleasure in this sleekly styled kitchen, with a deft intersection of marble and stainless steel on the island and a minimalist backsplash behind the surface range.
Swim, run, play cards, shoot pool -- as a fictional character, there's nothing James Bond cannot do. He famously entered a high-stakes poker game in Casino Royale against the quietly evil Le Chiffre -- and won. And if Bond ever were home, one could imagine he'd spend much of his free time in this elegant pool room, complete with mini bar.
There's allure to James Bond that crosses decades and cultures, which explains the enduring popularity of the movies -- 24 of them to date, including the newest, Spectre, in 2015. Bond would be perfectly at home in the luxe and broody decor of this bedroom.
Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond series, was a British Naval Intelligence officer during World War II and used some of his experiences as inspiration for the novels. Although there are some larger-than-life villains, Bond's boss, M, has always been the epitome of British reserve, a person who would be right at home in this modern living room.
In the movies, when James Bond isn't chasing -- or catching -- bad guys like Goldfinger, he's ensconced in luxurious locations. It's no stretch to imagine him relaxing, martini in hand, in this elegant space filled with contemporary finishes and furniture.
In Ian Fleming's backstory, James Bond was an orphan, and although he traversed the rarified halls of private schools in England, he was more at home in a rough-and-tumble world. He would have found respite in the sumptuous furniture in this elegantly appointed drawing room.
While villains have notably been men in the James Bond series, there's one exception: Pierce Brosnan's foil in The World Is Not Enough was Elektra King, played by Sophie Marceau. The Bond villains occupy equally beautiful spaces, such as this extravagant sitting room.
Beaches in Miami, racetracks in Britain, the pyramids in Giza, basilicas in Turkey -- the James Bond movies offer glimpses into little-seen places and worlds. There's always a good view, just like the one in this Bond-worthy condo bathroom.
Six actors have portrayed James Bond, and the film series ranks No. 2 on the all-time list of most successful franchises. While they've always been firmly of the moment in which they were released, the film sets and locales also exhibit a forward-thinking aesthetic, much like this glam-meets-contemporary kitchen.
There wasn't much of a backstory with James Bond until the 2013 film Skyfall. There, the villain, Raoul Silva (played by Javier Bardem), lured Bond to his family's estate in Scotland -- a place with secret tunnels, countless rooms, and, one imagines, a distinctive library such as this.
Many of the details in the James Bond series were pulled from Ian Fleming's life: He had an estate in Jamaica named Goldeneye. He worked with a female special agent, Christine Granville, who was the basis for Vesper Lynd. The spaces, too -- rooms that resemble the warmth and traditional feel of this living area -- have an aesthetic with which Fleming would have been entirely familiar.
Ian Fleming wrote 14 James Bond-focused books -- two of them are short-story collections -- before he died in 1964. There was also a short-lived TV series based on the Bond series. This luxe space -- all cushy fabrics, moody surfaces, and stylish accents -- would have been a perfect retreat for bachelor Bond.
Sean Connery played James Bond in seven films spanning three decades. From his first to his last, the series evolved in style, but Bond was always at home wherever he was. This Pop Art-influenced space would have worked equally as well in Dr. No (Connery's first, in 1962) to Never Say Never Again (1983).