Phang Nga Map, and James Bond Island, known as Khao Phing Kan ( or Koh Khao Phing
Khao Phing Kan ( or Koh Khao Phing Kan ) is a two island pair located on the west
coast of Thailand, in the Phang Nga Bay, Andaman Sea. About 40 metres ( 130 ft )
from its shore lies a 20 metres ( 66 ft ) tall islet Koh Tapu pronounced Khao Tapu
The island is a part of the Ao Phang Nga National Park. Since 1974, when it was featured
in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, it is popularly called James
Khao Phing Kan means - Hills leaning against each other - in Thai, reflecting the
connected nature of the islands, and Koh Tapu can be literally translated as nail
or spike island, reflecting its shape. With Koh meaning island and Khao meaning
hill, the terms Koh, Khao, and Koh Khao are frequently interchanged in the naming
of the islands. After appearing in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden
Gun, Khao Phing Kan and sometimes Koh Tapu became widely called James Bond Island,
especially in tourist guides, and their original names are rarely used by locals.
Before 1974, the island was a rarely visited indigenous area. However, it was chosen
as one of the locations for the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun
as the hideout for Bond's antagonist, Francisco Scaramanga. After the movie release
it turned into a popular tourist destination that has gradually contaminated Khao
Phing Kan with household litter.
In 1981, the island became the most famous part of the newly established Ao Phang
Nga Marine National Park. Since 1998, it is forbidden for tourist boats to approach
Koh Tapu. This measure aims to stop erosion of the limestone rocks on and near the
islet that might eventually result in its collapse.