Movies | September 11, 2022 6:05 pm

You Can Stay at the Floating Palace James Bond Visited in “Octopussy”

Channel your inner secret agent

Taj Lake Hotel
Taj Lake Palace on Lake Pichola in Udaipur in Rajasthan on March 10, 2017 in India.
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There are plenty of reasons why countless people have lived vicariously through James Bond over the years. Trying to actually live one’s life in a Bond-esque fashion is more of a challenge — while the suits, watches and cars are certainly attainable with enough money, the daredevil stunts and espionage missions are a bit harder to come by, to say nothing of life-threatening.

But if you’ve ever wanted to visit some of the more visually striking locales that Bond has stopped by over the years — well, that’s a bit more feasible. Take 1983’s Octopussy, for instance — a film that’s largely (and infamously) remembered today for its bizarre choice to put Roger Moore’s Bond in a clown costume.

The film also features a setpiece in which Bond arrives at a floating palace via a crocodile costume. And, as it turns out, that very building is still going strong — and it’s a hotel where you can stay the next time you’re in Udaipur. As a recent article at Far Out reveals, the location featured in Octopussy is the Taj Lake Palace Hotel, with a history dating back to the 19th century.

While there doesn’t seem to be an option to get there inside of a robotic crocodile, the rooms themselves and the views from them all look pretty grand. It’s also continuing to get rave reviews from those who have stayed there, if this Condé Nast Traveler review is any indication. This looks like a piece of Bond history that’s worth revisiting in person.