Contest Directions: Photoshop this image of James Bond Island in Thailand (Ko Tapu) any way you wish. Some examples are: re-shaping the James Bond Island, making Ko Tapu appear in unusual tourist locations, putting some famous tourist attractions on the James Bond Island, using this James Bond Island image in advertisements, movies, paintings, etc. These are just some ideas.
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Khao Tapoo / Ko Tapu (Thai: เกาะตะปู) is a small island in the Phang Nga Bay, northeast of Phuket.
Ko Tapu is a 20m high formation whose basement is narrower than the top. The island is covered with bushes.
Ko Tapu became widely known after the movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ which gave him an informal name of James Bond Island and made it a popular tourist attraction. However, the island is currently not available for tourists and the excursion boats are onlyallowed to approach the island within certain distance due to the high possibility of the basement destruction.
In 1974 the Phang Nga Bay was chosen as a primary location for filming the movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, best remembered for three things: the weapons (made of gold), the enemy of the humankind (Scaramanga) and a small island of an unusual form next to which Scaramanga kept his secret weapons.
This beautiful shaped island is officially called Khao Tapoo, but is known to people all over the world as James Bond Island has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand not due to the amassing landscapes or stunning beaches and wonderful weather, but due to the name it received in cinematography
The Phang Nga Bay with its unusual beautiful islands was unknown to the worlds until 1974 when the famous English actor Roger George Moore (best known as James Bond) came to the island to play in the movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. The mission of agent 007 was to find and disarm a professional killer Scaramanga who was paid 1million dollars to kill people from the gun loaded with golden bullets. James Bond finds Scaramanga on an island in Phang Nga Bay where the bad guy was hiding his laser weapons - which George Bush would call ‘weapons of mass destruction’ – in order to use it for terrorist purposes.
As a matter of fact, there are two islands located close to each other which compete to be called James Bond island. The first one is officially called Khao Phing Kan which means ‘Hills leaning against each other’. It is the island that hosted the final scene of the movie about Kames Bond. It has a shape of a butterfly and in fact consists of two islands with steep edges covered with trees joined by a sandy isthmus. It received its name from the huge rock leaning towards the other rock. There are a number of caves on the island and two sandy beaches – on the south-west part of the island and between the islands. During high tide the water level rises by 2-3 metres so the major part of the island is covered by water and some caves can be accessed only during low tide. A massive crack in the rock can be observed from the northern part of the island which is also shown in the film.
A local legend explains the formation of the Ko Tapu as follows. Once upon a time, there lived a fisherman who would bring home a lot of fish every day. However, one day he could not catch a single fish despite the numerous attempts he was only able to pick up a rusty nail with his net. He kept catching the nail and throwing it back into the sea. Horn-mad, he took his knife and cut the nail in half. One half of the nail bounced off into the sea and stuck into the bottom of the ocean where it remained until today having formed the Ko Tapu island.
According to the scientific version of Ko Tapu formation, there was a barrier reef in this area during the Permian period. Then under the influence of tectonic movements of the Earth's crust it was split in two parts which were lifted and then flooded by the rising ocean. The wind, waves, water currents and tides gradually eroded the island thus forming unusual and original shapes such as Ko Tapu. Tide-related erosion is visible at the bottom of the rock.
Khao Phing Kan – the shelter of the evil Scaramanga and Ko Tapu located nearby are often called James Bond Islands by the locals as well as by tourist guides. Up until 1974 Khao Phing Kan was rarely visited even by the locals. Remote and unknown before the film it is now flooded with tourists, who are willing to take an 86 km bus trip to the nearest city Phuket followed by a little boat trip in order to see the James Bond Island. The island became the most photographed object, despite the fact that there are many other beautiful islands located in this area.
James Bond Island has become the most popular tourist attraction of the national park of Phang Nga created in 1981. Since 1998 boats have been forbidden to approach it in order to reduce the erosion of limestone rocks of the island which may eventually lead to its full destruction. Experts are working on the problem of increasing the strength of the basement of the tiny rock in order to save one of the most beautiful nature attractions of Thailand - Ko Tapu which most of the tourists still call The James Bond Island believing that it is the real island of agent 007.