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Filming Locations of Classic James Bond Movies

Where was Quantum of Solace filmed?

Shot across six different countries, Quantum of Solace took in the sights of Italy at the beginning, with Bond taking Mr White to the hidden MI6 liar close by to Lake Garda. It starts close to the village of Malcesine, before continuing alongside the lake on the SS249 road, heading through Navene and Tempesta, passing through Salò, finally arriving in the Apuan Alps of Tuscany in the quarries of Carrara.

Below is some of the road shown in the film:

When Bond and M return to London and the flat of deceased double agent Mitchell, a 1960s high rise tower block called The Water Gardens, close by to Edgware Road, is used as the location.

MI6 is also found in a new address in London, with the Barbican Centre housing their famous HQ. Elsewhere in the capital, the Reform Club is the setting for the scene where the Foreign Secretary dresses down M. The keen-eyed may also spot the same location was previously used in Die Another Day.

Austria was one of six countries used during filming, which featured Lake Constance, where Bond follows Mr Greene to Bregenz and the Festspielhaus Bregenz opera house.

Where was Diamonds Are Forever filmed?

Sean Connery returned to the role that made him a star and he is seen heading off to Europe on a hovercraft from the now-defunct Hoverport situated in Dover, Kent, which was taken out of service in 2000. However, you can still see the hovercraft used in the film by visiting the Hovercraft Museum in Gosport, Hampshire.

Once Bond arrives in Amsterdam, the Skinny Bridge on the Amstel Canal is used to show the body of an old lady being dragged out of the water. Another location used in Amsterdam is a canal side apartment, which is on the third floor of Reguliersgracht 36.

Las Vegas was another major city used during shooting. When Bond is almost cremated by Wint and Kidd, two different filming locations were used. This includes the Palm Henderson Mortuary & Cemetery, while the Palm Downtown Cemetery features the garden of remembrance where Bond is knocked out before being placed into a coffin.

On the outskirts of Las Vegas you will also find the Johns Manville Gypsum Plant, which was turned into ‘Techtronics Missile Laboratories’ in the film.

The satellite launched by Blofeld happens at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, which is found in southern California.

Where was Octopussy filmed?

Filming locations for this 1983 film included America, UK, Germany and India. While the opening scene is said to take place in Cuba, it is in fact shot in Northolt Aerodrome, a West London Royal Air Force station.

Bond then makes his escape in a small plane after being spotted and he is seen flying over the Utah desert. Further shots in this sequence include the Virgin River Arch steel-arch bridge, which is also located in the city of St George in southwestern Utah.

On home soil in the UK, the Old War Office Building in Whitehall is set as the MI6 headquarters. Sotheby’s Auction House is also used when a Faberge egg is put up for auction, only referred to as ‘the property of a lady’ in the film.

Bond heads off to India in pursuit of Kamal, and while seen flying past the Taj Mahal in Agra, he in-fact lands close to Lake Pichola in Udaipur which is hundreds of miles away. Later, we see a tuk-tuk chase take place in a local market, before a showdown takes places in-front of the Jagdish Temple, one of the area’s most well-known and popular Hindu places of worship.

Over in what was then known as East Germany, the old crossing point of Checkpoint Charlie can be seen as Bond moves across the border in disguise.

Where was A View to a Kill filmed?

‘A view to a kill’ was filmed in Pinewood Studios in London, Iceland, France, Switzerland and the USA. This was Roger Moore’s last appearance as Bond.
What looks like Siberia is actually Glacier Lake on the southeast coast of Iceland.

M’s London HQ was the Old War Office Building which can be found in Whitehall, London as can the MI6 London HQ. Royal Ascot Racecourse featured which is in Berkshire.
France locations include the Restaurant Jules Verne which is an eaterie on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Chateau Chantilly can be found twenty miles north of Paris on the N16 in the Picardy region.

USA locations include San Francisco, where Bond meets CIA agent Chuck Lee at Fisherman’s Wharf on the bay. The State Office Building is actually San Francisco City Hall. The fire-truck was along Market Street to the Lefty O’Doul Drawbridge on Third Street. The beautiful home of oil heiress Stacey Sutton is actually Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate which can be found at 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, over the bay from San Francisco.

The abandoned silver mine in ‘Silicon Valley’ wasnt in California. It was actually part of a 36-acre, open-air Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre which can be found opposite Amberley Station in west West Sussex, in the south-east of England.


Here at Brit Movie Tours we have a number of James Bond tours available.  Our James Bond tour from London is for truly dedicated James Bond fans.  The tour lasts for 10 hours and takes you to 10 memorable James Bond film sites from Bond films Goldfinger, Thunderball, The Living Daylights, The World is Not Enough, SPECTRE and A View to a Kill.  The tour is led by a knowledgeable James Bond expert who will share with you behind-the-scenes information on how the films were made, show you movie clips as you pass the actual locations and give you the opportunity to discuss the books and your favourite moments from the films.

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