With a lot of UK filming locations, photos have been leaking out pretty regularly from the set of the latest Bond film “Skyfall”. Now one of those key locations, Hankley Common in Surrey, witnessed one hell of a scene the other night according to MI6 HQ.
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After several weeks of filming at that location, a full scale Scottish manor house constructed for the production was blown up to simulate an attack on the location. Early last week came reports of a scene in which Bond brings down a helicopter that crashes into the estate.
The manor was made to replicate actual locations used in Glencoe, Scotland for filming earlier this year which, understandably, couldn’t be damaged or destroyed.
A few weeks ago it was revealed that the manor is doubling as ‘Skyfall Lodge’ in the film, the name to be given to Bond’s family estate where he and M will flee to midway through the film.
A grave site was also constructed for Bond’s parents Andrew Bond and Monique Delacroix who died in a climbing accident and are mentioned in scenes between Bond and M before Javier Bardem’s villain Silva attacks the estate.
A classic Aston Martin DB5 was also seen last week being prepped for explosions.
Shooting in the UK has wrapped for the moment with the production moving to Adana and Istanbul in Turkey starting this week before returning back to the UK to film scenes at Pinewood Studios.
The Varda Railway Bridge in the Taurus Mountains will be the site of a previously discussed elaborate ‘train rooftop chase/fight in a ravine’ action sequence which turns out to have been originally planned for 1995’s “Goldeneye” until the set piece was shelved.