Cinematic paradise isles

James Bond ends "You Only Live Twice"  in a raft (a sort of island) with Mie Hama.

James Bond ends “You Only Live Twice” in a raft (a sort of island) with Mie Hama. (

Financial Times architecture critic Edwin Heathcote offers readers a delightful romp island hopping down the halls of film history. Not every island paradise is paradise island, as you shall see. My own fascination with the architecture of evil in celloid futures is given full attention. Cinematic villains seem to prefer modernism, whether landlocked or surrounded by succulent seas. Not all of my balloons escape unpunctured from Heathcote’s history. And let’s not forget the subterranean subgenre of James Bond island hideaway control rooms, or of Bond and friend ending movie in raft. Enjoy.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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  1. Pingback: Where the good guys live | Architecture Here and There

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