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Israel’s tourism minister channels James Bond in promotional video

Judoka-turned-politician Yoel Razvozov wades through water shirtless and dresses in a tuxedo similar to Daniel Craig’s take on fictional British spy

Michael Horovitz is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel

Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov impersonating James Bond as part of a tourism marketing video. (Youtube screenshot, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov impersonating James Bond as part of a tourism marketing video. (Youtube screenshot, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov posted a James Bond-themed video to social media on Sunday to help attract tourists to Israel as the peak vacation season comes to an end.

In the minute-long video funded personally by the minister, Razvozov reenacts Australian actor Daniel Craig’s take on the fictional British spy in Casino Royale by wading through water shirtless.

In addition, clips show the minister — a former Olympian — impersonating the character by donning a tuxedo, drinking a martini and confidently walking through various tourist sites across the country.

In a tweet posting a snippet of the video, Razvozov writes: “The name is Israel. State of Israel,” playing off the famous catchphrase, “The name is Bond, James Bond.”

Explaining the video, Razvozov said: “I thought about how I can personally help the marketing of Israel and in spreading the good and beauty that we have here in Israel to the world.”

“Marketing Israel to the world is hard work and it’s important that the Tourism Ministry does this and invests in it,” he added.

In past social media posts, Razvozov has noted with amusement that he is sometimes mistaken for Craig while visiting foreign countries.

When photos of the 40-year-old minister at the beach went viral last year due to his muscular physique, he joked at the time that he was marketing Israel’s coastline.

A member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, Razvozov was in the past a successful judoka competitor, representing Israel at the European Championships, the World Championships and the Olympics.

He entered political life after a number of injuries ended his professional career, but is still a keen athlete and surfs regularly.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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