Everlasting Bond at The Peninsula Hong Kong
This November, the world celebrated the highly anticipated release of the newest James Bond film – Spectre, which saw Daniel Craig return for the fourth time as the notorious, enigmatic agent 007. Similarly alluring with its rich history and storied past, The Peninsula Hong Kong hosted a series of James Bond-themed events, marking this cinematic event with a legacy worthy of Ian Fleming’s most famous literary creation.
The festivities began with an exclusive exhibition held in collaboration with world-renowned British photographer Terry O’Neill. Titled All About Bond at The Peninsula, the show featured photographs of Bond throughout the years; O’Neill has been credited with capturing some of the most iconic actors as they fulfill the role of 007, along with a range of illustrious Bond Girls. While the exhibition offers insightful perspective into Bond’s journey through cinematic history, The Peninsula crowned the event with an exquisite six-course “License to Thrill” dinner at Gaddi’s featuring Bond’s bubbly of choice – Bollinger Champagne. Playing guest of honour at this exclusive VIP dinner on 4 November, O’Neill himself delivered an artist’s talk that charted his celebrated career as one of Hollywood’s most elite photographers.
Overnight experiences were redefined with “A Bond-Worthy Stay”, which fetes the opulent tastes of the British secret agent. Guests were treated to the delectable “License to Thrill” dinner, Bond-certified shaken-not-stirred cocktails, luxurious round-trip Rolls-Royce transfers, and a bottle of the coveted, limited edition Bollinger Spectre Champagne.
The Peninsula’s timely celebrations harked back to a past that has been interwoven with the Bond franchise since 1974, when the hotel played host to the cast and crew of The Man with the Golden Gun. Director Guy Hamilton praised the service and luxurious amenities of the hotel, and even gave her a guest appearance through the exteriors and suites which can be spotted in the film, not to mention The Peninsula’s iconic, brewster green Rolls-Royces. Bond Girls were not immune to the hotel’s charm either, with two-time vixen Maud Adams naming The Peninsula, “The best hotel in Hong Kong”.