It’s not every day that I wake up in Montenegro. We have been driving to the lovely town of Kotor by the bay. The country is very beautiful, even though many people likely cannot even find Montenegro on a map.
It almost had its fifteen minutes of fame in Casino Royale from 2006, where Bond visits a picturesque town in “Montenegro”. But unfortunately no scenes were actually shot in Montenegro, and the town on screen was in fact Loket southeast of Prague. The Hotel Splendide visited by Bond and Vesper can be found in the town of Karlovy Vary in western Czech Republic, with real name Grandhotel Pupp.
The country did however manage to get a bit of Bond, since Pierce Brosnan shot a few scenes of his latest movie November Man in nearby Perast and Herceg Novi last year.
One would almost think that all this secrecy was made on purpose to keep the hordes of tourists away. Let them all perish in the crowds of Dubrovnik while the people of Montenegro can enjoy their beautiful country on their own. Or something like that.