Take a Turkey Sailing Trip into Cinema History
Russell Crowe’s recent directorial debut The Water Diviner certainly made the most of Kayakoy, Turkey’s so-called ghost town, but this was far from the first time that the country has been used on film. In fact, some of the most successful and critically acclaimed films of recent years have benefited from all that Turkey has to offer.
Although Turkish viewers of Liam Neeson’s action sequel Taken 2 were less than impressed with the film-makers’ portrayal of Istanbul, there was a warmer reception for the 2011 version of espionage classic Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Making the most of some of Turkey’s beautifully preserved streets, the location provided a perfect backdrop for Tom Hardy’s character to conduct his business.
But when it comes to spy movies, there really is only one name that counts: James Bond. With From Russia With Love and The World is Not Enough both listing Turkey amongst their filming locations, it is no surprise that Bond returned to the Mediterranean shores for Skyfall, the most successful of all films in the series.
In addition to seeing Daniel Craig’s Bond tracking down an adversary on the streets of Istanbul, Skyfall shows us a more tranquil side of life as the famed protagonist retreats to the peace and quiet of Fethiye. It’s a must-stop on any Turkey sailing holiday, and a visit here could see you walking in the footsteps of a cinematic legend.