James Bond Island is now a World Heritage Site

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Tuesday , 07 July 2015
James Bond Island is now a World Heritage Site

A deserted island that was featured in the 2012 hit James Bond adventure Skyfall has been named as a United Nations World Heritage Site.

Hashima Island, off the coast of Japan, was abandoned in the mid-1970s after the undersea coal mine it serviced closed. Its crumbling ruins doubled as the lair of Bond villain Raoul Silva, played by Javier Bardem.

It has now emerged that the location, also known as Battleship Island, has become a tourist attraction in recent years, and has been given protected status by the United Nations for its historical significance.

A statement from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said, "The site bears testimony to the rapid industrialisation of the country from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century, through the development of the steel industry, shipbuilding and coal mining. The site testifies to what is considered to be the first successful transfer of Western industrialisation to a non-Western nation." 

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