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James Bond Slept Here

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March 21, 2004|Renee Vogel

Anyone harboring a James Bond fantasy can now rent the perfect backdrop: the Palm Springs modernist estate featured in the 1971 film "Diamonds Are Forever." The renowned Elrod/Lautner estate, named for the original owner interior designer Arthur Elrod and for the home's architect, John Lautner, is built into the boulders on a ridge overlooking the city and the San Jacinto Mountains. The 7,000-square-foot impeccably furnished abode has five bedrooms, the famous concentric living and entertaining area, the retractable ceiling, the 25-foot-high retractable glass door/wall and the pool where Bond frolicked with Bambi and Thumper in the movie.

The 23-acre property is available as a vacation rental through Time & Place Homes, which offers upscale apartments, houses and estates in 21 locations around the world. The 2-year-old company describes itself as a private hotel agency, specializing in providing all the amenities of a fine hotel to guests staying in private residences. Besides complimentary chauffeured airport transportation, the agency can arrange for concierges who will stock the kitchen, make restaurant reservations and book tours or tee times, private chefs, personal trainers, baby sitters, masseurs, cellphones and drivers.

The company's properties include homes on the National Register of Historic Places as well as several other houses with Hollywood connections. If James Bond doesn't do it for you, how about the Palm Springs Southridge house where Joan Collins stayed?

Elrod/Lautner house, $8,871 for three nights or $20,000 per week. Time & Place Homes, (866) 244-1800, www.timeandplacehomes.com.

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