The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) – Den Haag

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Samuel L. Jackson has to testify against Gary Oldman  in 2017’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”. While some scenes are filmed in the canals of Amsterdam (not like the Dutch movie “Amsterdamned” where the canals of Utrecht were used), the crew also went to Den Haag (The Hague). This is the actual location for the International Court of Justice.

Ocean’s Twelve – Haarlem

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For this big Hollywood production, “Ocean’s Twelve” (2004), production used a little train station in the Netherlands. While the story is set in the trainstation in Amsterdam, this was a busy location. A nearby station was used (and the Thalys high speed train which usualy does not stop there was moved here). The city of Haarlem had a “similar” trainstation which suited the production needs.

Battersea Power Station – UK

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The largest brick build building in Europe, this Grade II listed “power station” can be seen in many films and tv shows. Constructed in the 1930’s but closed down in 1983, this iconic building was very suitable for a mystery in “Sherlock” (tv show), many episodes of the Original pre 2005 “Doctor Who” (which was recorded in and around London at that time). But also Hitchcock’s “Sabotage” was filmed here as well as “The Meaning of Life” from the Python boys.

Pink Floyd photographed here for the cover of “Animals” with a large inflateable pink pig. The pig broke loose and got in the flyway of Heathrows planes. This produced much publicity for Pink Floyd and the Power Station.

The Station has been bought by a Malaysian company in 2012 and has been turned into appartments. In 2020 a tube station with the same name will be opened nearby. Also in the “new” Battersea Power Station, there is room for many offices, Apple has a space here as well.

Iconic as this building is, it is sure to turn up in many other productions….

Diamonds are forever – Amsterdam

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James Bond is known to travel the world, and in 1971 he briefly visited Amsterdam in “Diamonds are Forever”.

Tiffany Case lives at Reguliersgracht 36 and close by and a body is found at the “Magere Brug” (between Keizersgracht en Prinsengracht), a famous Dutch monument.

More bodies are found in the city of Amsterdam in the movie Amsterdamned years later…

Amsterdamned (1988) – Amsterdam (and Utrecht)

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For the 1988 low-budget horror movie “Amsterdamned”, most scenes are filmed in and around Amsterdam. Although for the boat chase, the city of Amsterdam did not allow the crew to film in the Capital itself, so filming took place in the nearby canals of Utrecht. Although they look very similar, a big difference is the bars and restaurants right near the water (where the boat crashes into), these cannot be found in Amsterdam.

Most victims are “killed” in Amsterdam however, the first one on the bridge at Keizersgracht and Reguliersgracht. The second on the South shore of “het IJ” and the third at “Oude Turfmarkt”

The boat chase in Utrecht is on the “Oude Gracht”.

The Reform Club – London

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This Victorian establishment, founded in 1836,  has been used in many films. Interior and exterior can be seen in “Sherlock Holmes” (2009) (as Cafe Royal), but also  “The Avengers (1998)”, “1408” (2007), “Die Another Day” (2002), “The Invisible Woman” (2013), “Quantum of Solace” (2008), “The Bounty” (1984).

Go and check it out.

Sherlock Holmes (2009) – London

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The Art Deco building called “Freemason’s Hall” can be seen in the 2009 version of Sherlock Holmes. It is a memorial to the people who were killed during WWI. In the film it has been used in the scene where Blackwood reappears before the order.

The building is open to visitors.

Sherlock Holmes (2009) – London

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The Grade One listed Industrial building from Victorian times, Crossness Pumping Station, was used in the 2009 version of Sherlock Holmes. Blackwood enters the sewers through this building. It is open to visitors and the building is known for its spectacular cast ironworks.

Doctor Who – Fields House

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Maybe the most scary location of all “Doctor Who” episodes is the one where we first meet the Weeping Angels. A “haunted house” like location where Sally is introduced to the Timelord and statues that come to life. At the time of filming (and some time after that), the house was creepy and very usefull for the production of this episode.

After 2010 however, the house was sold and renovated. Not much is left of the creepy building seen in “Blink” (the “Doctor Who” episode). But the crew returned to film the Christmas special “The Snowmen” here. Less scary, still snowmen comming to life is no picknick….

It seemed they could do better, as they did in 2016, when they returned yet again to film “Knock, Knock” (S10, E04), aired in may 2017. The building ate young students who rented the rooms… creaky floorboards… flickering lights… yes, this house is still very scary…..

And the fun part, you too can stay here, check out this link to airbnb….

Doctor Who – Gileston Farm

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For the second episode of season 10 “Doctor Who”, the crew went to film in Valencia, Spain. The wheatfield which is next to the futuristic building (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), is in fact close to Cardiff and is next to Gileston Farm. These two European location form Gilese 581d, the first human colony, where you better smile to stay alive…