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Apr 30, 2024

Dan and Tom talk with Matt Sherman about the DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Las Vegas and OCTOPUSSY Utah filming locations.

Besides being a James Bond expert, Matt Sherman leads tours to many different James Bond filming locations – check his website

In this episode, we discuss what we experienced on Matt’s tour of two relatively close filming location areas for two movies, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (DAF) and OCTOPUSSY. 

Much of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was filmed in and around Las Vegas, Nevada in the U.S. For instance, the casinos, the desert, the mortuary, the car chase and more are all there.

Surprisingly, if you take a 2-hour drive from Las Vegas into southwestern Utah, you’ll end up in some key locations from OCTOPUSSY. Much of the OCTOPUSSY pre-title sequence was filmed in this stunningly beautiful part of the U.S. Some of the scenes toward the end of the movie were filmed here as well.

Some of the filming location questions we answer are:


    • What airport did James Bond arrive in when he came to Las Vegas?

    • How many locations were used when Plenty O’Toole was tossed from the hotel window?

    • Where is the location of the parking lot from the car chase?

    • Why is visiting the Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary & Cemetary not enough to experience the mortuary scenes? 

    • What game can you still play at the Circus Circus arcade area?


    • Where was the gas station that James Bond’s jet pulled up to when Bond said “fill ‘er up”?

    • How did they film the take-off and landing of Bond’s jet?

    • Where is the bridge the plane flies under?

    • Where did James Bond jump from his horse onto Kamal Khan’s plane?

    • When standing near the bridge, you can see places portraying what countries from what movies?

This is a fun discussion.  The next time you are in Las Vegas, go visit these sites.  You’ll be glad you did.

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