See the spectacular set of No Time To Die

See the spectacular set of No Time To Die

September 24, 2021

The world is not big enough! Soak up the spectacular scenery as the production team take you on location of No Time To Die

  • The exotic locations always add to the glamour of a Bond film, and No Time To Die takes us from the heat of Jamaica and Cuba to the desolate ice of Norway – although not all of the locations are quite what they seem 
  • Filming took place in London, Jamaica, Italy, Cuba, Norway, Faroe Islands and of course Pinewood Studios
  • The film, out this Thursday, is the 25th in the franchise and the last with Daniel Craig as James Bond

The exotic locations always add to the glamour of a Bond film, and No Time To Die takes us from the heat of Jamaica and Cuba to the desolate ice of Norway – although not all of the locations are quite what they seem…

JAMAICA

‘Jamaica is the spiritual home of the Bond series as it’s where Ian Fleming wrote all the novels,’ says Barbara Broccoli.

‘The first film was made there and it felt right for this, the 25th. When you look at the beauty of the place and the people and the culture, you understand this was the world Ian Fleming’s Bond wanted to save. It’s astoundingly beautiful.’

We find Bond enjoying a tranquil life here after leaving active service, and for this film a house was built on the island’s northern coast near Port Antonio. ‘Bond is like a fish out of water,’ says production designer Mark Tildesley.

‘It’s almost as if he’s planning an escape. He has maps and books lying about pertaining to where else he can test himself.’

New Bond girl Lashana Lynch, who plays Nomi and has Jamaican heritage, says we see a different side of Bond and Jamaica in the film. ‘Bond is very chilled, eating and drinking. You really get to see the people, the colours, the vibrancy and the nightclubs – but then danger creeps in.’

We find Bond enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service, and for this film a house was built on the island’s northern coast near Port Antonio

ITALY

The stunning historical hillside city of Matera, one of the oldest inhabited places in the world where people have lived in caves for thousands of years, is the backdrop to the first big action sequence of the film – a super-charged car chase involving Bond, Madeleine Swann and his trusty Aston Martin DB5.

Two classic DB5s and eight stunt replicas were used, along with other cars, in the action sequence which took six weeks to film.

Matera’s inhabitants had to close their doors and windows for hours on end as filming took place so they wouldn’t be seen, with special effects supervisor Chris Corbould recalling, ‘Everyone was watching from inside their houses and every time we did a shot there was a round of applause. It’s a city with such a rich history and it looks amazing.

Then throw the car into the equation – which is doing more than it’s done since Goldfinger in 1964.

For it to come back in all its glory and have a spectacular sequence again, the audience will love it.’ Filming for the Italian sequence also took place at a train station in Sapri.

Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 features in a car chase in the Italian city of Matera. The stunning historical hillside city of Matera, one of the oldest inhabited places in the world where people have lived in caves for thousands of years, is the backdrop to the first big action sequence of the film – a super-charged car chase involving Bond, Madeleine Swann and his trusty Aston Martin DB5

Bond in Matera with Madeleine Swann at Sapri train station. Two classic DB5s and eight stunt replicas were used, along with other cars, in the action sequence which took six weeks to film

Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 features in a car chase in the Italian city of Matera, Daniel Craig is pictured in his final outing as Bond in Italy

NORWAY

For Madeleine Swann’s childhood home, the producers searched for a house in Norway that was totally isolated – a house suitable for an assassin and his family.

While they found a forest they liked just north of Oslo, they couldn’t find the right house so they built one – on top of a frozen lake (above).

‘The existing structures weren’t quite right in terms of the geography and the layout of the scene that our director had in mind,’ says location manager Charlie Hayes.

‘So we built one on the lake rather than alongside it. The Norwegian team we were working with were initially a little bit confused by this request.’

This is hardly surprising, particularly as temperatures started to rise and the ice thinned beneath the house.

‘It was safe, of course, but it was a strange thought to get your head around.’

An incredible car chase was also filmed on the stunning Atlantic Road, a five-mile stretch built on several small islands off the west coast of Norway, although parts of it were filmed in the Scottish Highlands and in woods near Windsor Great Park.

For Madeleine Swann’s childhood home, the producers searched for a house in Norway that was totally isolated – a house suitable for an assassin and his family

FAROE ISLANDS

The production team studied the work of Sir Ken Adam, the godfather of Bond design, with the aim of recreating the magic of some of his baddies’ lairs on films like Dr No and You Only Live Twice.

They decided to create a fictional island for Safin and to shoot the exterior of his secret hideout, they used the Faroe Islands in the northern Atlantic.

‘The geography is spectacular,’ says location manager Charlie Hayes.

‘But it was a difficult place to take a film crew. We had to make sure we had enough rescue personnel to allow them to work safely.’

The production team studied the work of Sir Ken Adam, the godfather of Bond design, with the aim of recreating the magic of some of his baddies’ lairs on films like Dr No and You Only Live Twice. They decided to create a fictional island for Safin and to shoot the exterior of his secret hideout, they used the Faroe Islands in the northern Atlantic

CUBA

When Bond is called back into action he travels to Cuba where, aided by an agent called Paloma (Ana de Armas, above), he infiltrates a lavish ball hosted by SPECTRE.

Jamaica fills in for some of the Cuban scenes while a huge Cuban set, including a stunning Art Deco theatre, was built at Pinewood Studios.

‘I went to Cuba for reference,’ says production designer Mark Tildesley.

‘It was at one time this burgeoning playground for the Americans and was really wealthy and exotic and wonderful, but now it’s lost and crumbling, though there’s tremendous beauty in what remains.’

When Bond is called back into action he travels to Cuba where, aided by an agent called Paloma (Ana de Armas, above), he infiltrates a lavish ball hosted by SPECTRE

Bond meeting old CIA pal Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) in a bar on the island in the part of the film set in Cuba

Jamaica fills in for some of the Cuban scenes while a huge Cuban set, including a stunning Art Deco theatre, was built at Pinewood Studios. Pictured is Bond’s home

LONDON

Bond returns home, but it isn’t the same. ‘He’s not quite as comfortable and secure as he’s been before,’ says location manager Charlie Hayes.

‘We see him open his old lock-up and dust off his old things. He goes back to his old place of work where he’s given short shrift.’ Familiar places in the capital include Hammersmith Bridge, where he meets M, and Whitehall.

As well as being granted permission to shoot the exterior of the Ministry of Defence building, a troop of the Household Cavalry star in the background as Madeleine Swann walks across The Mall.

Filming also took place aboard the Royal Navy’s HMS Dragon, one of the most advanced warships in the world, which plays a crucial role in the film.

Bond returns home, but it isn’t the same. ‘He’s not quite as comfortable and secure as he’s been before,’ says location manager Charlie Hayes. Filming also took place aboard the Royal Navy’s HMS Dragon, one of the most advanced warships in the world, which plays a crucial role in the film

…AND NOT FORGETTING PINEWOOD STUDIOS

The huge studio complex in Buckinghamshire has been the home of 007 since the first Bond film Dr No in 1962, and for this movie it housed a huge water tank (used to shoot the scene featuring a sinking trawler) and the interiors at MI6, in Cuba and at Safin’s lair.

‘There’s a lot of glamour in the different locations but there’s something special about Pinewood,’ says Rami Malek, who plays Safin.

‘You see the 007 emblem all over the place, wherever you are. The craftsmanship, the technicians are all extraordinary people who have worked on many of the Bond films. It feels historic.’

The huge studio complex in Buckinghamshire has been the home of 007 since the first Bond film Dr No in 1962, and for this movie it housed a huge water tank (used to shoot the scene featuring a sinking trawler) and the interiors at MI6, in Cuba and at Safin’s lair

Daniel Craig with director Cary Joji Fukunaga and Lashana Lynch (Nomi) in villain Safin’s lair at Pinewood Studios in in Iver, England

Ralph Fiennes as M with Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) in the film. Naomie Harris’s Moneypenny may have given up her gun after accidentally shooting Bond in Skyfall, but she’s happy to get stuck into the action if it involves helping James

 

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