In the new James Bond film No Time To Die, the final showdown (no spoilers ahead – this is all in the trailer) has a frankly jaw-dropping backdrop. A dramatic landscape of sheer cliff faces, clattering waves and buffeting winds, it’s suitably epic – and enough to give us some serious travel envy.
The film describes the setting as a fictional island in disputed territory somewhere between Russia and Japan. But while those disputed islands do actually exist, it turns out that the final Bond scenes were actually shot in the Faroe Islands, just 300 miles north of the Scottish coast.
And the specific island in question? Kalsoy, a long, thin landmass nicknamed ‘The Flute’ by locals. With fewer than 100 residents – and no bridges or tunnels connecting it to other islands – it’s one of the Faroes’ smallest (and most isolated) isles. In other words, it’s the perfect spot for a Bond villain’s evil lair.
Along with flashy gadgets and glamorous women, escapism is one of the Bond films’ main draws. No Time To Die, the 25th instalment in the franchise, is no different, scooting between such dreamy locations as Norway, Italy, Jamaica and Scotland.
If you fancy visiting Kalsoy, the Faroes are an autonomous territory within Denmark and easily accessed via Vágar Airport. But be warned: if you plan on seeing the evil lair itself, you might be disappointed. It’s entirely the product of CGI, so you’ll just have to make do with Kalsoy’s dramatic crags, incredible hiking trails, flocks of cute puffins and otherworldly Northern Lights instead. Doesn’t sound too bad, eh?
Keen to find out where else they shot Bond 25? Here’s our essential No Time To Die travel guide.