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Monaco Wikipedia - Monaco

 

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Motion pictures set in Monaco:

- Monte Carlo Story (1957) Wikipedia - Monte Carlo Story - Shot entirely on location in Monaco, including some interiors.

- Grand Prix (1966) - Extensive footage all along the circuit.

- That Riviera Touch (1966) several scenes around the foyer and entrances of the Hôtel de Paris in Casino Square.

- Monte Carlo or Bust (1969) Wikipedia - Monte Carlo or Bust - The final scene is in Casino Square, opposite the entrance to the Hôtel de Paris

- The Persuaders! (1971) Wikipedia - The Persuaders! - The first act for the first episode has exterior shots in at the Hôtel de Paris in Casino Square.

- Goldeneye (1995) Wikipedia - Goldeneye (1995) - Exterior shots in Casino Square as Bond's Aston arrives - Many establishing shots of the harbor.

- Die Falscher (2007) Wikipedia - Die Falscher - Exterior shots at the Hôtel de Paris

- Taxi 4 (2007) Wikipedia - Taxi 4 (2007) features several good establishing shots.

- Oceans 12 (2004) features long shots of the interior of the Casino and a shot of the exterior approach.

 

From Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman by Stefan Zweig Wikipedia - , the woman in the title relates a visit to the Casino at Monte Carlo.

I repeat, in my own special way, the way my dead husband had once taught me when, tired of watching, I complained of the tedium of looking at the same faces all the time: the wizened old women who sat for hours before venturing a single jetton, the cunning professionals , the demi-mondaines of the card table, all that dubious chance-met company which, as youll know, is considerably less picturesque and romantic than it is always painted in silly novels, where you might think it the fleur dlgance and aristocracy of Europe. Yet the casino of twenty years ago, when real money, visible and tangible, was staked and crackling banknotes, gold Napoleons and pert little five-franc pieces rained down, was far more attractive than it is today, with a solid set of folk on Cooks Tours tediously frittering their characterless gaming chips away in the grand, fashionably renovated citadel of gambling.

 

 

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HÔTEL DE PARIS

 

From The Man with the Golden Typewriter by Fergus Fleming, Ian Fleming's letter to Somerset Maugham, who had lived at Cap Ferrat from 1929:


    TO W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, ESQ., Villa Mauresque, St. Jean, Cap Ferrat, A.M., France
   9th April, 1954
   Forgive me for dictating this letter but since it is half business I want to be able to remember what I said.
   First of all thank you for my wonderful day off in the sunshine and for my night out amongst the bright lights with dear Alan2 who really is the most enchanting companion.
   Even my two hours’ wait at the airport was not wasted as I sat behind Mr. Orson Wells [sic] in the buffet and eavesdropped on his views on the wide screen cinema which, for your information, he says is a hopeless shape for an intelligent producer.
   Annie hung on my words when I got home and she sends you her love in exchange for the Avocados which I insisted we should take down to the country tonight and eat by ourselves.
   As for the “Big Project”,3 Kemsley continues to be vastly enthusiastic, and I went and had a talk with Frere4 this morning who is equally so.
   The only trouble is going to be the technical problem of finding space in the paper. We want to dress each extract up attractively and give it plenty of air and typographical embellishment, all of which eats into the page [. . .]
   Having carried things so far I shall now bow gracefully out of the scene and leave the rest of the machinations and negotiations to the “Sunday Times”.
   And it only remains to thank you again for having received me so kindly and for having allowed yourself to be persuaded to cast a generally favourable eye over the project.
   By the way, the Kemsleys are going down to Monte Carlo next Wednesday and they will be staying at the Hotel de Paris. Perhaps you might like to invite them to call on you.

 

Grand Prix (1966)
Grand Prix (1966): Casino square is up to the right.

Monaco, Hotel de Paris, 1977, photography by Slim Aarons
Monaco, Hôtel de Paris, 1977, photographed by Slim Aarons. That's not a great lens, Slim.

 

That Riviera Touch (1966)
Hôtel de Paris Wikipedia - Hotel de ParisLink - Hotel de Paris, Monaco, Monaco, from That Riviera Touch (1966)

That Riviera Touch (1966)
Casino Square, looking past the Hôtel de Paris Wikipedia - Hotel de ParisLink - Hotel de Paris, Monaco (left), Monaco

Sean Connery and Micheline Roquebrune on their honeymoon at the Hotel de Paris, Monaco, 1975
Sean Connery and Micheline Roquebrune on their honeymoon at the Hôtel de Paris, Monaco, 1975. You can see the towers of the Casino visible frame right. This suite is toward the top of the semi-circular frontage of the seaward elevation of the hôtel.

 

 

+ RESIDENTS

- Emporer of chefs-de-cuisie August Escoffier Wikipedia - Auguste Escoffier lived his retirement in Monaco.

 

- HÔTEL METROPOLE

- - Ian Fleming's mother lived in a villa in the grounds of the Hôtel Metropole, having previously been staying at the Hôtel Mirabeau in 1961. When Ian visited her in 1962, she would take a daily walk 200 yards downhill but her doctors had forbidden her to walk back up the hill and so her aged Rolls-Royce had to be brought up in order to return her to the hotel. During the journey back to London via Wagon Lit, on which Ian would accompany her, she would take fourteen trunks of luggage.

 

HARBOR

 

Monaco Harbor showing original harbor wall, 1957, and expanded harbor wall, circa 2000s
In the above comparison, the old harbor wall as it was in 1957 in Monte Carlo Story (1957) versus how it looks now. The red bar shows the position of the harbor wall in the lower frame.

 

Monaco harbor 1966: Peter Sellers in his Riva with Britt Ekland
Monaco harbor 1966: Peter Sellers in his Riva with Britt Ekland

 

Monaco harbor 1966: Peter Sellers and Britt Ekland in their Riva

 

Monaco Harbor: Prince Albert Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco with their children in a Riva
Princess Grace Prince Albert and their children in their Riva

 

Goldeneye (1995)
From Goldeneye (1995) The harbor at Monaco in 1995. Notice that at time of filming the new harbor mole, which extends out to allow cruise ships to dock, as not been built.

Monaco Grand Prix 1950s - Ladies in evening dress look out from a hotel balcony down on to the harbor as the racing cars go by underneath
Monaco Grand Prix 1950

 

Monaco Harbor showing harbor wall in 1957, 1995, prior to expansion
The harbor at Monaco before reconstruction in the late 1990s

 

HELMUT NEWTON PHOTOGRAPHS NADJA AUERMANN FOR BLUMARINE, 1994

 

The location was on the western arm of the harbor wall, on the seaward side. In this frame from Monte Carlo Story (1957) you can see both the harbor wall and the loose blocks below it which appear in the frames shot by Helmut Newton. The large loose blocks are there to absorb the incessant power of the wave action.

Helmut Newton photographs Nadja Auermann for Blumarine, Monaco Harbor, 1994

 

Helmut Newton photographs Nadja Auermann for Blumarine, in Monaco Harbor, 1993
The location of Helmut Newton's Wikipedia - Helmut Newton shoot with Nadja Auermann Wikipedia - Nadja Auermann for Blumarine, in Monaco Harbor, 1994.

 

Helmut Newton photographs Nadja Auermann for Blumarine, Monaco Harbor, 1994

 

Helmut Newton photographs Nadja Auermann for Blumarine, Monaco Harbor, 1994
The location of Helmut Newton's Wikipedia - Helmut Newton shoot with Nadja Auermann Wikipedia - Nadja Auermann for Blumarine, in Monaco Harbor, 1994

 

Nadja Auerman photographed by Helmut Newton, Monaco Harbor
Nadja Auermann photographed by Helmut Newton from the 1970s building above the harbor. You can see the old harbor walls in the background.

 

Monaco Harbor satellite image showing the position of Helmut Newton's photoshoot locations
Monaco Harbor. You can see the position used in Helmut Newton's photoshoot but the actual old wall of the harbor has been demolished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riva NI 51007 in Monaco Harbor by Helmut Newton
Riva NI 51007 (Nice registered) in Monaco Harbor. Photography by Helmut Newton

 

 

Suzy Parker, for Dior, at the Casino in Monaco, 1954.
Suzy Parker for Christian Dior, the Casino at Monaco, 1954

 

Grace Kelly in a Cristobel Balenciaga suit above the harbor at Monaco 1963
Against the same wall visible in the above frames: Grace Kelly Wikipedia - Grace Kelly in a suit by the great Cristóbal Balenciaga Wikipedia - Cristobal Balenciaga above the harbor at Monaco, 1963

 

A Riva pulls away from the harbor at Monaco
A Riva leaves the harbor at Monaco

 

Monaco: The harbor showing Riva tenders lined up with the Hotel de Paris and Casino in the background
Monaco: Riva tenders lined up in the harbor with the Hôtel de Paris and the Casino in the background.

 

NATO TPC F2-D France section Riviera Marseille to Monaco

 

NATO TPC F2-D France section Riviera Monaco St Tropez

 

 

 

 

 

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+ SEE ALSO

- Links for use on the French Riviera

- Links for use in Paris

- The Italian Lakes

- Destinations

- Hôtels

 

+ EXTERNAL LINKS

 

 

+ BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

 

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