Wednesday, 26 February 2014

007 Drink: Sambuca



Drink: Sambuca
Bond book appearance: James Bond, the Authorized Biography of 007
Experience of 007 Travelers: Ciampini Restaurant, Rome, Italy


Sambuca (Italian pronunciation: [samˈbuːka]) is an Italian anise-flavoured, usually colourless, liqueur. Its most common variety is often referred to as white sambuca to differentiate it from other varieties that are deep blue in colour (black sambuca) or bright red (red sambuca). Like other anise-flavoured liqueurs, the ouzo effect is sometimes observed when combined with water.

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"They walked around Rome, and Bond enjoyed the city. After taking Americano in Tre Scalinini they were hanging out at Pincio hill and ate dinner at Casa Valadier - in other words, ate very well. They drank Sambuca and Bond wanted to talk about Croxson and his report." 
John Pearson: "James Bond, the Authorized Biography of 007"




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Monday, 24 February 2014

007 Related Restaurant: Pizzeria Capri - Ristorante, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

PIZZERIA CAPRI - RISTORANTE


Location: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Address: Stará Louka 42
Bond connection: Daniel Craig had dinner here


Fresh seafood
* Original Italian cuisine
* Pasta, pizza, salads, steaks
* Wide range of cold and hot drinks

The pizzeria is a favorite of people now famous international Karlovy Vary film festival









See the whole travel story here

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007 Related Restaurant: Zortziko, Bilbao, Spain

ZORTZIKO


Location: Bilbao, Spain
Address: Calle Alameda Mazarredo, 17
Bond connection: Pierce Brosnan had dinner here (1999)


Bearer of a Michelin star and popular with critics, the restaurant offers traditional Basque cuisine, including local favorites such as Roast Baby Squid with Peppers and Scallops on a bed of Tomato Carpaccio. Zortziko offers three different dining rooms; one has a Versailles feel to it, another is English influenced, while the third has a more contemporary, laid-back vibe. The best option, however, is to dine in the wine cellar beneath, where you’ll be seated at a rustic wooden table surrounded by premium vintages. Just remember to book ahead; Zortziko is often fully booked weeks in advance.







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007 Restaurant: Casina Valadier, Rome, Italy

CASINA VALADIER

Location: Rome, Italy
Address: Piazza Bucarest
Bond book appearance: James Bond, the Authorized Biography of 007


After a long hiatus, this chic restaurant has reopened, and once again the glitterati of Rome are flocking here for the to-die-for cocktails, the superb cuisine, and the panoramic views of Rome. Placed on the site of the ancient Collis Hortulorum, the highest point of the Pincio district, the original building dates from 1816 and was the creation of the famous architect, Giuseppe Valadier. In its heyday, this restaurant was the most fashionable place in Rome, attracting people such as King Farouk of Egypt and Pirandello, Gandhi, and Strauss.

The best of the menu is a regionally based repertoire of savory dishes with imaginative, intelligent associations of flavors. Diners take delight in jazzed-up Roman classics such as rigatoni with bacon, onions, peppers, and pecorino; or a cherry- and sesame-encrusted pork filet. Start with a duck breast carpaccio or a warm ricotta cheese round with an olive and pistachio pesto. For dessert, dare you try the fried zucchini flowers stuffed with rice and served with cinnamon ice cream?




"Bond flew from Milan to Rome to meet Prenderghast. It was Bond's pleasure to him, especially after all the rumors he had heard of him... They walked around Rome, and Bond enjoyed the city. After taking Americano in Tre Scalinini they were hanging out at Pincio hill and ate dinner at Casa Valadier - in other words, ate very well. They drank Sambuca and Bond wanted to talk about Croxson and his report."

John Pearson: "James Bond, the Authorized Biography of 007"


























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007 Hotel: Villa Medici, Rome, Italy

VILLA MEDICI


Location: Rome, Italy
Address: Piazza della Trinità dei Monti, 1
Bond book appearance: Role of Honour

Villa Medici is a historical palace of the 16th century located on the Pincio hill, in the heart of Rome that it has opened its rooms to the public.
Seat of the French Academy in Rome from the XVIII century, Villa Medici is first of all a cultural institution, its core being the residency of fellows and the organisation of several cultural events such as exhibitions, conferences, festivals.
Villa Medici gives accommodation to guests, following specific housing requirements.

Historical rooms
The so called historical rooms are the old Villa Medici's apartments. The rooms are decoreted with Renaissance frescoes, works of the manierism of Jacopo Zucchi and his studio, as well as walls and forniture created by Balthus in 1960s. They are comfortable rooms of about 70 m2, equipped with a doublebed and a bathroom with a bathtub, with a view either on the city of Rome or the Villa Medici's gardens.


Standard rooms
The rooms of the gateway are former fellows' apartments served by a wooden gateway. They have a view on Villa Medici's gardens or on the gardens of the celebrated church of the Trinità dei Monti. They are comfortable rooms of about 40 m2, equipped with a doublebed on a mezzanine floor and a bathroom with a shower. Different smaller rooms (of about 20 m2) as comfortable as the others, are also available. They are equipped with a doublebed and a bathroom with a shower.

It is possible to book a room not earlier than four months in advance.

"They first flew to Rome and stayed for a week at the Villa Medici. Percy had never been to Rome and Bond enjoyed showing her as much as one can fit in seven short days." 

John Gardner: "Role of Honour"









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007 Related Hotel: Hotel Carlton, Bilbao, Spain

HOTEL CARLTON

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Address: Federico Moyúa Square, 2.
Bond connection: Pierce Brosnan has stayed here while filming "The World Is Not Enough"


Founded in 1926, the Hotel Carlton is one of the landmark buildings and the most majestic hotel in Bilbao. Declared an Architectural, Artistic, Historical and Cultural Monument, over its history the building has witnessed important social and cultural events.

Centrally located in the Plaza de Federico Moyúa square, one of the most important commercial and business areas of Bilbao, the Hotel Carlton has been totally refurbished and is also constantly being up-dated with new features, such as the free Wi-Fi service throughout the hotel.

The Hotel Carlton has 142 spacious, well-appointed guestrooms on 6 floors, featuring an elegant, luxurious décor that is sure to please even the most demanding of guests.








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007 Restaurant: H Club Doney bar of Excelsior Hotel, Rome, Italy

H CLUB DONEY BAR OF EXCELSIOR HOTEL


Location: Rome, Italy
Address: Via Vittorio Veneto, 141
Bond book appearance: For Your Eyes Only, the short story Risico

A contemporary meeting spot with a celebrated tradition, this is Rome's most lavish street café. Be it a table on Via Veneto or the lounge, the perfect place to see and be seen and the ideal choice for breakfast, informal lunch, aperitifs or after-dinner drinks. "BioèLogico" organic lunches and theme picnic hampers are available everyday from Monday to Friday.


"James Bond felt the inspection. The same surreptitious ex-amination had been going on since he had met the man two hours before at the rendezvous in the Excelsior bar. Bond had been told to look for a man with a heavy moustache who would be sittingby himself drinking an Alexandra. Bond had been amuzed by this secret recognition signal. The creamy, feminine drink was so much cleverer than the folded newspaper, the flower in the buttonhole, the yellow gloves that were the hoary, slipshod call-signs between agents. It had also the great merit of being able to operate alone without its owner. And Kristatos had started off with a little test. Then Bond had come into the bar and looked round where had been perhaps twenty people in the room. None of them had a moustache. But on a corner table at the far side of the tall, discreet room, flanked by a saucer of olives and another of cashew nuts, stood the tall-stemmed glass of cream and vodka. Bond went straight over to the table, pulled out a chair and sat down. The waiter came. "Good evening, sir. Signor Kristatos is at the telephone." Bond nodded. "A Negroni. With Gordon's, please." The waiter walked back to the bar. "Negroni. Uno. Gordon's."

Ian Fleming: "For Your Eyes Only", the short story "Risico"

 





























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Sunday, 23 February 2014

007 Restaurant: Grandrestaurant Pupp, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

GRANDRESTAURANT PUPP


Location: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Address: Mírové náměstí 2
Bond movie appearance: Casino Royale (2006)

The heart of culinary services at Grandhotel Pupp is the Grandrestaurant. Á-la-carte restaurant with French-style service will please your palate. You can choose from a summer and winter menu and fresh seasonal treats. The sommeliers will recommend the best vintages of wine. Everything to make your culinary experience unforgettable.
The Neoclassical interior features stucco walls and large windows providing views of the spa promenade.









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007 Related Hotel: Solo Sokos Hotel Torni, Helsinki, Finland

SOLO SOKOS HOTEL TORNI
www.sokoshotels.fi


Location: Helsinki, Finland
AddressYrjönkatu 26
Bond connection: Sir Roger Moore has stayed here in Suite No. 431 


Torni is a lively classic in the heart of Helsinki. As a Solo hotel, it is much more than a building and an address: it has unique character and personality. Torni's spirit is built on individual service, a comprehensive art experience and thousands of stories. Every room is a world of its own, with small details such as tile stoves, works of art and on bathtubs on claw foot pedestals. On the highest floors, impressive city views add a final touch. At the Torni Restaurant, delicious tastes meet striking visuality. The Ateljee Bar, American Bar and Irish-inspired O'Malley's are local meeting places, each with a special atmosphere of its own. 









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007 Restaurant: Savotta Restaurant (known as Smourazi in the Bond book), Helsinki, Finland

SAVOTTA RESTAURANT (known as SMOURAZI in the Bond book)

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Address: Aleksanterinkatu 22
Bond book appearance: James Bond, the Authorized Biography of 007

The Restaurant Savotta takes its guests directly from Senate Square to a nostalgic view of Finland from past decades. Both the authentic interior and the dishes, served in original style, have been inspired by the Finnish forests and thousands of lakes, with a dash of Finnish “sisu” and logging traditions. The restaurant pays homage to the thousands of lumberjacks and log floaters, the matrons and foremen at the logging sites, as well as the mill owners.

The old china designed by the world-renowned Arabia, the hundred-year-old floorboards, the old chairs and tables and many old artifacts have been brought from all over Finland. Each of them tells its own story from past decades and takes you back in time to the logging camps of the old days.

Savotta’s kitchen cherishes the Finnish food tradition. Savotta uses only Finnish ingredients from the pristine forests and lakes and from carefully selected small suppliers. The menu includes e.g. lake fish, game and berries, as well as traditional Finnish dishes with home-made touch perfected in the course of generations. In Savotta you can taste traditional Finnish delicacies e.g.  Karelian casserole, lamb in a wooden särä-dish and vendace pasty. Savotta also serves a good selection of Finnish beers including Lammin Sahti, which is strong traditional home-brewed Finnish beer.

"Bond enjoyed his first afternoon in Helsinki." 
"In the evening Birkin wanted to take Bond out for a dinner."

"They went to Smourazi, traditionally to the best Finnish restaurant in the city. It was opposite the Helsinki Cathedral, which is a massive building and its dome looks like a symmetric bold head. The restaurant was full, but the customers were mostly Swedish and somehow unwieldy ceremonious. Bond drank quite a few shots and stated that the crowd started to look more cheerful. Birkin wanted to order traditional Finnish food – savoury pie, Karelian casserole and reindeer tongue."
"The good side of the Finnish food is that gives you guts. (Finnish “sisu”) It is needed in the place like this. It´s a shame that you won´t be staying longer."

John Pearson: "James Bond, the Authorized Biography of 007"































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007 Hotel: Scandic Park Helsinki (formerly known as Inter-Continental), Helsinki, Finland


SCANDIC PARK HELSINKI (formerly known as INTER-CONTINENTAL)


Location: Helsinki, Finland
Address: Mannerheimintie 46
Bond book appearance: Icebreaker


Scandic Park (former Scandic Continental) hotel in central Helsinki has an ideal city location just opposite the beautiful Töölö Bay, and only a 10 minute walk from Helsinki's city centre.
The Scandic Park hotel is located only a short walk away from the city centre of Helsinki. It is the perfect base for exploring Helsinki attractions, such as the Olympic Stadium, Linnanmäki Amusement Park or Sea Life Underwater World. You can also enjoy ballet and opera performances in the nearby Opera House or go see a concert in the Stadium. Helsinki's best shopping streets and restaurants are also situated within walking distance.

Former names: Scandic Continental, Inter-Continental
92,00 euros / night, breakfast included (2014)

"In his room at the Inter-Continental Hotel, at the northern end of Helsinki's broad arterial Mannerheimintie, Bond tapped out the telephone number. It rang twice and a girl answered in Finnish.
Bond spoke in respectful English. - Paula Vacker, please.
Bond said he was at the Inter-Continental.
- Here? Here in Helsinki?' She did not bother to disguise her pleasure.
- Yes,' Bond confirmed, - here in Helsinki. Unless Finnair got it wrong.
- Finnair are like homing pigeons', she said with a laugh."

John Gardner: "Icebreaker"









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007 Hotel: Crowne Plaza Helsinki (formerly known as Hesperia), Helsinki, Finland

CROWNE PLAZA HELSINKI (formerly known as HESPERIA)


Location: Helsinki, Finland
Address: Mannerheimintie 50
Bond book appearance: Icebreaker


The Crowne Plaza Helsinki offers the discerning business and leisure traveller first-class facilities and personalised service. A completely new milieu, the good location virtually opposite the Finnish National Opera - easy access to City Centre and Helsinki Airport - as well as the customer-oriented solutions will guarantee guests' comfort.
The Crowne Plaza Helsinki won 'Finland’s Luxury Business Hotel 2012' award and was named 'Finland's Leading Hotel' in 2008-2011.

(Former name: Hotel Hesperia)


"Bond now took a cab to the Hesperia Hotel – a calculated choice. He wanted to do the journey to their RV on his own, and it was quite possible that Mosolov, Tirpitz and Rivke Ingber were, separately, already en route and in the Finnish capital. If any member of the group were looking for Bond, the Inter-Continental would almost certainly be watched.
With these thoughts in mind, Bond took great care about the way in which he moved – giving himself time to look around as he paid off the cab; waiting, for a moment, outside the main doors of the hotel; checking the foyer the moment he stepped inside.
"He swerved the car on to the Mannerheimintie, joining the sparse traffic heading for the Vantaa Airport road."

John Gardner: "Icebreaker"










See the whole travel story here


Saturday, 22 February 2014

007 Travel story: Helsinki (FINLAND) 2014


Pirita's ja Mika's own trip for two.

Hotel:
Scandic Park Helsinki, Mannerheimintie 46, Helsinki
92,00 EUR / 1 night, incl. breakfast, booked via booking.com


THANK YOU FOR CO-OPERATION:

Torni hotelRiitta Liikamaa and others

www.sokoshotels.fi











American Bar: Pekka Välitalo
www.sokoshotels.fi










Savotta Restaurant : Eero Kaitanen, Reija Etholen-Dalton and others 
www.asrestaurants.fi














Saturday 11th of January 2014

We arrived in Helsinki by train, we went to the hotel Torni to the reception, where the receptionist man was well aware of our arrival.

This time we didn't have to travel far, because this time our travel story concentrated on Helsinki, capital city of Finland, our homeland.



Mika in front of the Hotel Torni


He gave us the keys to Jugend suite No. 431, and we were allowed to go on our own to take pics and video footage of the room in which Sir Roger Moore had stayed during his visit to Finland in 2009. Jane Fonda has stayed in that same suite.






The suite has design furniture, beautiful lighting and exquisite stove of Jugend style.
The carpet, the curtains and the bed cover textiles are stylish, and the whole 40 m2  sized suite is tastefully decorated in the National Romantic style. The color scheme tones are white and beige or light brown, with the exception of precious -looking greenish side curtains of the window. The suite has a Cupsolo coffeemaker, concealed a 42-inch flat-screen TV with cable channels and there are art works on the walls. 


King-size double bed in "Roger Moore Suite"



Pirita @ "Roger Moore Suite"



The bathroom with a claw foot bathtub with shower and it has a so called English faucet. Hot and cold water have to be mixed in order to get the appropriate temperature.




Bathing products by Thierry Mugler


Hotel Torni was built in 1920s and it is within comfortable walking distance from the train station and the Esplanade Park. It has a Ateljee Bar in its 14th floor and from there one can have a great view over Helsinki. We went there to enjoy glasses of red wine and took some photographs from the roof terrace. We took some shots of e.g. Uspenski Cathedral and Helsinki Cathedral and naturally we went also to see the famous toilet, which also has a panoramic view over Helsinki.


Toilet with a view @ Torni


Then we went to the end of Mannerheimintie. In "Icebreaker", there is a scene where writer John Gardner describes the house where a Bond girl Paula Vacker lived. We came to the conclusion that the house in Esplanade Park might be the one Gardner meant, even though it's more red than green, which is the house colour in the book. The old door of the house seemed still to have old green paint. Snow started to come down from the sky just when we took a couple of photos in Esplanade Park.





"For no logical reason, Bond had imagined that Paula would live in a new and shining apartment block. Instead, he found her address to be a house four storeys high, with shuttered windows and fresh green paint."
"Two curved, half-timbered gables divided the house, which had a single entrance, glass-panelled and unlocked. Just inside the door, a row of metal mailboxes signified who lived where, the personal cards in tiny frames. The hallway and stairs were bare of carpet."




"Paula lived on the third floor - 3A - and Bond, slipping the buttons on his British Warm, began to make his way up the stairs."

According to the book description, the Espladade Park can be seen from the building.


Esplanade Park

"Paula lived in an apartment building overlooking the Esplanade Park, at the south-easterly end of the Mannerheimintie. It was a part of the city Bond had never visited before, so his arrival was one of surprise and delight.
The park itself is a long, landscaped strip running between the houses. There were signs that in summer it would be an idyllic spot with trees, rock gardens, and paths. Now, in mid-winter, the Esplanade ark took on a new, original function."

John Gardner "Icebreaker" 


(Did you know: Finland is mentioned in 1967 movie "Casino Royale")



Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC




After this we went to the appointment in the American Bar, where we got in a little before the opening time. There we met bartender Pekka Välitalo, who made us Vesper drinks. Pekka has been working in American bar about five years. We got all to the video, when Pekka made the drinks. Pekka told us also that Sir Roger Moore drank a Vesper drink here, while visiting in Finland. That drink was offered to him by his crew that was with him. Later in the same evening he came again with his wife Kristina "Kiki" Tholstrup this time and ordered Gin tonic and his wife ordered a Dry Martini.



Pekka Välitalo


See the video: Making of Vesper drinks here


Vespers by: Pekka Välitalo: Torni / American bar
James Bond enjoying Vesper drink in "Casino Royale" (2006)
Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC




















The we took a taxi and drove to the Senate Square, where Restaurant Savotta is located. It is just opposite of Helsinki Cathedral. We figured out that this restaurant was the closest to the description that author John Pearson gave about the Restaurant Smourazi, where Bond is having a dinner in the book "James Bond, the Authorized Biography of 007".







In the Bond book the restaurant is located opposite the Helsinki Cathedral. The décor of the restaurant Savotta is really old, all the furniture is imported and they are actually old, not just to make look like oldish.

The floors are imported from Central Finland, form some old barn. The building was begun to be built in 1762, and in 1890 it was transferred to the City of Helsinki from Burtz. The building has been the Helsinki Police Department with its dungeons and registry office. First three Inspector Palmu movies have been filmed here. Catering services began in the 1980s. Before Savotta restaurant there has been for example an Italian restaurant, and the current restaurant has been in operation for 8-9 years.(2014)





We met Eero Kaitanen, who has been working in Savotta for six years. One and a half of these as a chef. He graduated from the cooking school in the beginning of 21st century.



Eero Kaitanen

Eero was busy at the kitchen, so after we said hello to him, we went to the table downstairs and ordered Sisu shots for starters.


Sisu shots


Eero sent us greetings from the kitchen to the appetizer Puruvesi imported fried vendace , granny cucumber salad and melted butter with dill and salt. It was very tasty appetizer.



Vendace fish à la floaters' "Saihu" boat


We ordered Karelian casserole as a main course, which also Bond ate in "James Bond, the Authorized Biography of 007" book. Karelian casserole included lamb, beef and pork in a traditional Karelian stew, served with mashed potatoes and pickled salad of pumpkin and lingonberries.



Karelian casserole

They served meals from Arabia 140 - year anniversary plates. Pirita's plate was called "Helka" and Mika's plate "Ida".


The Helka plate

The Ida plate

The waitress Reija Etholén -Dalton showed us an old ski, which has holes for shot glasses.




Reija Etholén -Dalton


We were just finishing up with the casserole, when Eero was came to our table. He told us that he likes his work because of nice co-workers in Savotta. He told us that tourists mostly are from Asia and Russia. We asked about the taste of bear's meat. Eero told them to have a strong game flavor and they are served in pots. Maybe someday we will taste bear meat. 


Eero offered us also Sisu ice cream for dessert: Ice cream flavoured with Finnish Sisu-liquorice, served with berry compote, "sawdust" (cookie crumbles) and birch sap syrup.


Savotta's Sisu ice cream

Other staff offered us green currant liqueur called Mamsellin Makea (Mamselli's Sweet), which has been imported from Lepaa vineyard. We got more drinks, this time Uppotukki / Drunken Log- named drinks with moonshine and vermouth, and a piece of rye bread, served from a tin mug. It is said to be Savotta's Martini, where a piece of bread represents an olive, Reija told us.



Mamselli's Sweet (Mamsellin Makea)

Drunken Log (Uppotukki)

"Bond enjoyed his first afternoon in Helsinki." 
"That evening Birkin insisted on taking Bond out to dinner."

"They went to Smourazi, traditionally the best Finnish restaurant in the city. It was just opposite the old cathedral, a prim grey building with a dome like a symmetrical bald head. The restaurant was crowded but the guests were mainly Swedes and somewhat solemn. Bond drank a lot of schnapps and found the clientele improving. Birkin insisted on traditional Finnish food – kalakukko (Finnish fish cakes), Karelian steak (beef and mutton roasted together), and poronkieltä (reindeer tongue)."
"‘The point of Finnish food is that it gives you stamina. You need it in a place like this. Pity you're not staying longer.’"

John Pearson: "James Bond, the Authorized Biography of 007" 



After the meal, we noticed that it was snowing more. We took a couple of more photos of Helsinki Cathedral and the Christmas lights that covered the whole Aleksanterinkatu. Then we took a taxi and videotaped part of the journey towards our hotel in Mannerheimintie. Taxi driver became interested in our blog, when we told some background of it.



Helsinki Cathedral



We checked in to the Scandic Park Helsinki Hotel. Our room was in 6th floor and the room number was 639.




Rooms were renovated and they had a fresh look, lounge is mainly blue-coloured  and new blue toned rugs created nice atmosphere


Room 639





We went filming to the hotel's garage because in "Icebreaker" Bond visited there as well.






"They went down to the car park, heading for the Saab. About three paces from the car Bond turned.
- I have to take the keys from my pocket. Okay?
Kolya said nothing, just nodded, moving the big pistol inside his coat to remind Bond it was there. Bond took the keys, his eyes darting around.

John Gardner: "Icebreaker"


We had planned to ask a permission to take photos in Presidential Suite, which was the honeymoon suite in "Icebreaker". We were a little late though, because the whole 9th floor was under construction due to the renovations in the hotel. This will last for the end of 2014. We had hoped that there would be some members of the staff still working, who were there 30 years ago, when the author John Gardner visited in Finland, while writing "Icebreaker". But there were no more people from that generation working. In the evening we went to the hotel's restaurant, but we were so full of the dinner we ate in Savotta restaurant, that we took only some desserts and orange juice. After that it was time to go in to our room and call it for a day.



Pirita & Mika

"In his room at the Inter-Continental Hotel, at the northern end of Helsinki's broad arterial Mannerheimintie, Bond tapped out the telephone number. It rang twice and a girl answered in Finnish.
Bond spoke in respectful English. - Paula Vacker, please.
Bond said he was at the Inter-Continental.
- Here? Here in Helsinki?' She did not bother to disguise her pleasure.
- Yes,' Bond confirmed, - here in Helsinki. Unless Finnair got it wrong.
- Finnair are like homing pigeons', she said with a laugh."

John Gardner "Icebreaker"



Sunday 12th of January 2014


Breakfast was comprehensive. After checking out, we took some more shots outside of the hotel and also from Crowne Plaza hotel, where 007 also stays in "Icebreaker". The hotel was under the name of Hotel Hesperia at the time. We have stayed Crowne Plaza in 2012, in Club Room No. 908. After shooting we took a taxi to the railway station. Bond also drove by taxi to the Esplanade Park in the book. 





"Bond now took a cab to the Hesperia Hotel – a calculated choice. He wanted to do the journey to their RV on his own, and it was quite possible that Mosolov, Tirpitz and Rivke Ingber were, separately, already en route and in the Finnish capital. If any member of the group were looking for Bond, the Inter-Continental would almost certainly be watched.
With these thoughts in mind, Bond took great care about the way in which he moved – giving himself time to look around as he paid off the cab; waiting, for a moment, outside the main doors of the hotel; checking the foyer the moment he stepped inside.
"He swerved the car on to the Mannerheimintie, joining the sparse traffic heading for the Vantaa Airport road."

John Gardner: "Icebreaker"


Later the story of the book continues to the Helsinki - Vantaa airport, so we went there also. This airport is very familiar to us. From here we take off to our 007 trips.




"Officially Vantaa Airport is not open until seven in the morning, but there are always people about. At five o’clock it had that look you associate with the sour taste of too many cigarettes, constant coffee, and the, tiredness of waiting for night trains, or planes, anywhere in the world."



 "The big clock in International Departures stood at two minutes to eight-thirty."




"Keeping behind as much cover as possible, Bond edged his way past the kiosks, trying to position himself near the passage on the extreme left of the complex which led to passport control and the air-side lounges.
At the far end of this section of the departure area, set in front of high windows, was a coffee shop – separated from the main complex by a low, flimsy trellis barrier covered with imitation flowers. To the left of it, very close to where Bond now stood, was the passport control section, each of its little booths occupied by an official."

John Gardner: "Icebreaker" 





"Where are you, James?"
"I´m at the Helsinki airport. I´m coming to Paris. The plane leaves after thirty minutes. What do you think, would you like to go to a restaurant tomorrow evening?"


Sebastian Faulks: "Devil May Care" 


Yes! A Table reservation for 007 Travelers, please. So, next we are heading to Paris also.


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