A picture taken on June 12, 2017 shows the Oriental Desert Express train en route from Oujda to Bouarfa in northeastern Morocco. (AFP / FrEdErique PRABONNAUD)
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Edouard Kunz knows timekeeping is important but the former Swiss watch precision mechanic admits that James Bond's Oriental Desert Express in remote eastern Morocco never runs on schedule.The train, made famous in the 2015 Bond movie "Spectre", trundles tourists between the town of Oujda and the former mining city of Bouarfa along a 350-kilometre-long stretch of desert. Exterior shots of the train making its way through the desert darkness were used in the Bond movie, a star-studded spy thriller with Daniel Craig reprising the role of 007 .The tourist train that Kunz hires from Morocco's national railway operator is not quite as luxurious as the one featured in "Spectre".The train moves at a top speed of 50 kilometers per hour, but this can often drop to 10 kph and sometimes the train has to come to a complete halt because of sand on the tracks.
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