Attack of the Clones : Italy

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For the second prequel to Star Wars (Attack of the Clones), Anakin marries Queen Padmé in the end. Not in a galaxy far away on Naboo, but in the European country of Italy. The building used is Villa del Balbianello and is located near lake Como.

Highlander (1986) – Conwy

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For the final scene of “Highlander” (the 1986 movie), the crew did nof return to Scotland for filming. Instead the scene was shot in Wales, Conwy. Sychnant Pass provided the mountains needed for the scene (although somewhat less impressive then those that can be found in Scotland, maybe the production ran out of money?).

Sherlock Holmes (2009) – Liverpool

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For the 2009 version of Sherlock Holmes (with Robert “Iron Man” Downey Jr.), the crew went all over the UK to film at the most beautifull locations. While a lot was filmed in Manchester, the scenes at the dock (an explosion) and some scenes at Regent Road where they set off to see Blackwood are recorded at Liverpool. CGI was added to enhance the scene.

In 2011, “Captain America, The First Avenger” also used these docks.

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them (2016) – Liverpool

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In “Fantastic Beasts..” a bank plays a prominent part in the film. It is where two main charaters meet and a lot of havoc happens.

While in the story, the bank is located in New York, the film was recorded in Liverpool. A real Bank was used (known as “The Grasshopper”).  At 4 Water street, Martin’s Bank provided the location for the shoot.

Somewhat further down the road, St. George’s Hall and the Cunnard building were also used for filming.

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them (2016) – Liverpool

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While most of the film “Fantastic Beasts” was recorded at Leavesden Studios in London, some scenes were recorded in Liverpool. In the early days, there used to be a shipping route between Liverpool and New York (where the film takes place). Therefore the archetecture of Liverpool looks a lot like New York.

One of the buildings that was used is the interior of St. George’s Hall. It is so large, it made no sense for the production team to build it as a set piece. They just dressed the real building.

Photo: James Maloney

 

Also the Cunard Building was used.

James Bond – London – MI6 Building

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For several James Bond movies, the real British Secret Intelligengen Service building (well, not that secret it seems) was used in the film. In 1999 it can be seen in “The World is not Enough” and much later it gets blown to bits in “Skyfall” (2015). If you would like to see it, you can still visit London and see the real thing. There are also many Bond locations in the area should you be interested (have a look at the London map in Citymaps section).

The World is not Enough – London

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Where else can a Bond movie be filmed then London. For “The World is not Enough” (1999), there is a scene with an exciting boat chase. The Glengall Bridge can be seen in the climatic scene where the bridge closes.

The “Isle of Dogs” where this is recorded has been used in more film and TV productions, including other Bond films.

 

Broadchurch (S03) – Little Bredy

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For season three of the popular Brittisch Drama Broadchurch, the story takes us away from the iconic Cliffs. Instead DI Hardy moves to a countryside crime scene. A large manor is the backdrop for this season’s story. The location is in the small town of Little Bredy. The house, Brideshead, is a private building and unfortunately not open for visitors.

NASA Michoud Assembly Facility

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Former NASA Facility, but closed after the Space Shuttle program was canceled, now houses the Big Easy production company. Many big blockbuster films have been recorded here over the years. A complete list can be found on the website here.

To name a few: “Planet of the Apes”, “Jurassic World“, “Logan” and “Terminator genesys”.