Bond connection sees Bognor bookings soar

Previous Bond films have utilised exotic destinations such as Jamaica, Brazil, Cuba and Thailand, but the 23rd instalment – scheduled for release in November – has made do with the traditional resort, which has been home to a Butlin’s holiday camp since the Sixties.

It first became a popular holiday resort in the 19th century, while King George V travelled to the town to convalesce in 1929. Following his stay, he was asked to add the suffix “Regis” to the town’s name. When a petition was presented to the King by Lord Stamfordham, his private secretary, he is said to have famously replied “Bugger Bognor”.

Nevertheless, Lord Stamfordham told petitioners “the King has been graciously pleased to grant your request”.

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