Who am I to argue with 007?

Daniel Craig, the man with a licence to thrill millions of movie fans as James Bond, the world’s greatest secret agent, has described Glencoe as “one of my favourite places”.

“We got the chance to go up to Scotland and it’s a great backdrop,” said the actor, after shooting the climactic scenes of the new Sam Mendes-directed blockbuster, Skyfall, in the Highlands. “I mean it’s so beautiful, it’s amazing up there.”

Scotland has a long association with James Bond, going all the way back to Sean Connery’s first appearance as the super-suave spy in 1962’s Dr No. Author Ian Fleming was so impressed by the Scot’s performance in the central role that, in his very next Bond novel, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963), he wrote that the character’s father, Andrew, hailed from Glencoe.

We also know that one in five visitors to Scotland are encouraged to enjoy a holiday in this country after seeing it on film or television. That is why we will be screening our Surprise Yourself advert in cinemas ahead of the 23rd James Bond film.

The advert, which includes Glencoe and Eilean Donan Castle, which doubled as MI6’s Scotland headquarters in Die Another Day (1999), will be seen by more than 1.5 million James Bond fans over the coming weeks.

Making his third appearance as 007, Daniel Craig shot scenes with Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 at Glen Etive, while the car is seen driving on the A82 near the peak of the striking Buachaille Etive Mor.

The stunning scenery of the Highlands, both in our Surprise Yourself advert and in Skyfall, is surely one of the only things capable of upstaging Bond and his iconic Aston Martin and I’m sure it will leave audiences on an all-time high.

So what are your thoughts on the filming of the film in the Highlands? Let us know about your visits to the locations mentioned and what you enjoyed doing there – post your comments below!

 You can view VisitScotland’s Surprise Yourself advert here: