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Find your license to thrill at the real casinos behind the Bond movies

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Think James Bond, and you probably think casino. The multi-million-pound 007 movie franchise is responsible for some of the greatest casino scenes in cinema history. That’s why, to celebrate filming of the 25th Bond movie currently underway in London, we’ve teamed up with the guys at bgo.com, to pick out our favourite casinos visited by the fast car-driving, dry martini-sipping secret agent himself.

First up is the Casino de Monte-Carlo. Located in the Principality of Monaco, this gambling and entertainment complex has long been linked to Bond. Rumour has it that the casino’s grand Bella Époque architecture and opulent interiors inspired the creation of ‘Royale-Les-Eaux’ in Ian Fleming’s first Bond spy novel from 1953. Since then, it’s been used in the filming of not just one, but two Bond movies: Never Say Never Again and GoldenEye.

Next is the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Rewind to 1971, when it went by the name of The International Hotel, and this place was being used for the external shots of Willard Whyte’s ‘Whyte House’ casino in the movie Diamonds Are Forever. These days, it’s better known for its 54,295-square-foot casino floor, which houses 38 gaming tables and almost 600 Slots machines.

For more real casinos behind the Bond movies, including Les Ambassadors in London, check out the guide below.