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James Bond in Ibiza

November 25th, 2008

james bond in ibizaThe name is Bond, James Bond. The steely-eyed British secret agent is back in the new film, The Quantum of Solace, striding across cinema screens, causing havoc in the name of queen and country while looking terrifically handsome in a suit. Revitalised by new Bond, Daniel Craig, the long-running franchise is in fighting form, doing what it does best: scattering bullets and brusque asides against a backdrop of exotic locations.

Over the years Bond has popped up all over the map – from Tangier to Iceland, North Korea to the Bahamas. But we were all ears when we heard that the opening scene of the brand new film mentions our very own island. Sadly, Bond himself doesn’t make it to Ibiza but the namedrop alone means it is on the production team’s radar, so to speak.

We don’t want to drop any spoilers, so we’ll leave you to discover the context when you see The Quantum of Solace yourself, but we think in future a great deal more could be made of the island than is done. To that end the Ibiza Now team has come up with a selection of iconic Ibiza locations that would be a perfect backdrop to some Bond action. Let us set the scene.

Grand entrance – DC10

Bond is on a private jet to Spain when through some nefarious activity the pilot is incapacitated. Instead of going down in flames, per the villain’s plans, Bond rushes to the controls and manages to steer the plane towards Ibiza. He bails out and – as the plane smashes spectacularly into the Salinas salt pans – drifts into the middle of a sea of writhing bodies at DC10.

No time to stop for banter here though, there are baddies on the ground and after a frenetic punch up on the dancefloor Bond is grabbed by a mysterious Italian beauty who whisks him outside where they make their escape on her moto.

james bond in ibizaBeach scene – Salinas

Bond and his rescuer lose themselves amidst the beautiful bodies lounging on Salinas. In order to ‘blend in’ they both have to strip down to the chic swimwear they just happen to be wearing as they stroll along the beach exchanging terse witticisms.

Though, since it is vital to cater for American sensibilities, this will be the only time in living memory that every woman on Salinas is wearing a bikini top.

Exotic urban locale chase scene – Dalt Vila

Bond makes his way to Ibiza Town where a spectacular, eye-popping pursuit occurs through the cobbled alleyways of Dalt Vila. Sprinting up steps, leaping from balcony to balcony, grabbing a bike and flying daredevil down precarious stone steps, Bond takes advantage of every gorgeous quirk of the architecture and ambiance.

A passing club parade of gorgeous dancers provides atmosphere and there is a classic nudge-and-a-wink Bond moment as the brawny hero causes a stir amongst the crowd of glossy gay holidaymakers hanging out at Angelo’s.

Boat chase – Marina Botafoch to Cala Jondal

james bond in ibizaNo Bond flick is complete without some high-powered boys’ toys and where better to ‘borrow’ a priceless racing yacht than from Marina Botafoch? The one he commandeers happens to have a beautiful woman on board who will undoubtedly turn out to be the current or ex-lover of the arch-villain.

She’ll be picturesquely outraged at the blatant piracy but swiftly, if rather improbably, won over by Bond’s rugged insolence and manly boatpiloting skills. He will have to narrowly avoid hitting at least one vessel loaded with adorable children, have one hair-raising scrape in which the baddy will come off worst and there will be an unforgettable sequence played out against the spookily splendid backdrop of Es Vedra.

The eye-wateringly expensive yacht will end up a boiling fireball on the rocky rim of Cala Jondal. James and his new admirer will swim to shore, where she will recline languidly on a day bed, sipping champagne and telling him terribly important secrets.

Cocktail scene – L’Elephant

When we next see Bond he is sporting a trademark impeccably cut suit and decorating L’Elephant’s stunning roof terrace. Russian cocktail waitresses with terribly long legs and terribly short skirts flit around, there will be at least three egregious product placements (Gray Goose vodka, someone wearing Gucci sunglasses at night and a flash of Bond’s new Omega, perhaps) and our protagonist will be rejoined by the nameless Italian beauty from DC10.

Nightclub scene – SuperMartXe at Privilege

There is someone, or something, Bond has to find and he goes searching at the biggest club in the world’s hottest night – SuperMartXe. The cameras lovingly capture the dazzling, strobelit, hallucinogenic splendour of beautiful people, barely-clad dancers and spectacular performance art as Bond works his way through the crowd. As the spotlight turns to diva Rebekah Brown, on-stage belting out a classic house anthem, a stranger slips something into his hand, we zoom in on 007’s piercing, ice-blue eyes for a moment, then fade to black.

By Cila Warncke

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December’s Ibiza NOW contents

November 25th, 2008

The contents pages for Ibiza NOW december edition:
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Ibiza NOW Magazine December edition

November 24th, 2008

December’s Ibiza NOW Magazine goes off to the printers this afternoon so here’s a sneak preview of December’s cover.

We have the usual features plus a reports on the ongoing Cretu saga, winter restaurants guide, a walk and history of Dalt Vila, winter activities, all the christmas fiesta details and since the new James Bond film name-checks Ibiza we’ve done a light-hearted look at the locations on Ibiza should the next Bond film relocate to Ibiza…

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Ibiza Photo competition

November 24th, 2008

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Tonights Ibiza Sunset video – 23-11-08

November 23rd, 2008

Tonights Ibiza sunset video:


Music is from Lenny Ibizarre from his new double album called “Selected Sessions” – Which you can buy from our online store here: www.ishopibiza.com. This is from the chill cd.

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Ibiza’s British Consulate

November 23rd, 2008

ibiza british consulateThe British Consulate threw open its doors to the public at the end of October to show off their impressive, newly extended suite of offices. It was, of course, also an opportunity to meet the charming Consular team with their hair down, so to speak, clutching glasses of wine to prove that they’re just as human as the rest of us, if not more so.

A very British affair, it was hard to hear yourself think above the hubbub of residents enjoying the very Britishness of the occasion by unloading all of their gossip upon one another in a noisy space without a Spanish word to be heard.

However, it was also an opportunity for the Consular team to remind us of their role in supporting British nationals abroad and updating us on changes back home that will affect us over here. Rather than regaling us with facts on what was, after all, a very social affair, we were each presented with an orange folder containing such nuggets as how the recent Pension Reform Act will affect us all and how, when and from whom we should each be claiming our pensions. Similarly included was the latest news on benefit entitlements and how to obtain them.

ibiza british consulateMany people here find it hard to get to grips with the fact that the Spanish national Health system is different to that in the UK. It is ‘contribution based’ rather than ‘residence based’, so those still hopefully relying on the long obsolete E111 will certainly find the seven pages explaining all of their options indispensable. It definitely makes sense to sort out your healthcare status before you arrive at the problem in an ambulance!

Slightly more depressing, but also more topical this year, is the information on returning to the UK, which is a task that should be approached with the same thoroughness and preparation you’d apply if you were moving abroad in the first place.

In addition to all of this comes a list of all of the notarial services now offered by our own fully fledged British Consulate. In addition to preparing certificates, attesting signatures (e.g. for banks, wills, power of attorney etc.), legalizing documents for their use in Spain and translation services for birth, marriage, death and divorce certificates, they also keep lists of English speaking lawyers and translators available online.

Let’s face it – if your lawyer comes recommended by the British Consulate he’s hardly likely to let you down?
In similar vein, another page within the orange pack urges us all to register with our local British Consulate and sets out how this makes it easier for them to help us, particularly in times of major catastrophe.

Since many ex-pats are clearly very shy people and haven’t done this yet a new confidential online registration service has been set up called Locate – www.locate.fco.gov.uk/locateportal/

For the life of me I can’t understand how anybody can be so shy that they wouldn’t want to pay a visit to Helen Watson and her charming team down at their shiny new office on the Avenida Isidoro Macabich 45, 1B.

Don’t all turn up at once though. This one of the UK’s busiest Consulates so, as usual, they’ve had a long and busy summer…

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Tonights Ibiza Sunset video – 19-11-08

November 19th, 2008

Tonights ibiza sunset video:


Music is from Lenny Ibizarre from his new double album called “Selected Sessions” – Which you can buy from our online store here: www.ishopibiza.com. This is from the chill cd.

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more from the World Travel Market

November 19th, 2008

(middle 3): Pepa Mari (Tourist minister), Juame Ferrer (President Consell Insular de Formentera), Josep Mayans (Conseller Turismo)

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Our Ibiza Blog is now Iphone compatible

November 19th, 2008

With now over 14 million iphones sold and in addition to our dedicated iphoneibiza.com website, we’ve converted this blog and ibizawinter.com to be iphone compatible:

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Activities in Winter on Ibiza

November 17th, 2008

One of the big adjustments to Ibiza for those of us from chillier Northern Europe is the idea that winter is a time for enjoying the outdoors – not hiding from it.

In our native climes winter is often an excuse to hunker down and hibernate. We wrap up tight in big coats, drape ourselves in metres of woolly scarves and pull on gloves. Not coincidentally we turn to comfort food and, often, even the most dedicated outdoor-lovers avoid anything but essential walking.

The whole polarity is reversed in Ibiza though. Summer is hot, frenetic and hectic. Roads are packed, beaches are overrun and the gyms are full of dancers and sun-worshippers buffing up their bodies for the season. Winter, when everything turns down a few notches, is the perfect time to reconnect, reinvigorate and renew your active life.

If you enjoy running, biking or rollerblading bright winter afternoons are the perfect time to practice your sport. I’m a runner and the mixture of bright sunshine and fresh breezes over the last few weeks have been bliss, as is the selfish pleasure of running on perfectly empty beaches.

You can read the rest of the article at ibizawinter.com

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