Exclusive: MI6 can reveal that production of the
22nd James Bond film will be based at Pinewood Studios
UK, with shooting scheduled for January 2008...
Bond 22 Returns To Pinewood
6th June 2007
Although producers are yet to announce a director,
one keystone in the 22nd James
Bond film has fallen in to place.
MI6 can exclusively reveal that Pinewood Studios will be home
to Daniel Craig's second outing as 007.
Bond Back Home
Producer Michael G. Wilson hinted
last month that
they hoped to "get back in to Pinewood
and be in familiar surroundings on our old stomping ground
again", but that "London
is one of the most expensive cities in the world, especially
when you're bringing actors in from outside the country".
Despite a modern-day record exchange rate
between Pound Sterling and the US Dollar, Pinewood has
succeeded in the
battle for Bond against Barrandov Studios in the Czech
Republic, which hosted a large proportion of Casino Royale
(the only set built at Pinewood for Casino Royale was the
sinking house in Venice). Barrandov did put in a strong
bid to host Bond 22, but the potential cost savings, which
were attractive for the Casino Royale production, did not
outweigh the advantages of shooting at Pinewood this time
MI6 can confirm that the deal between Pinewood and Eon
Productions was signed at the Cannes Film Festival.
The newly rebuilt 007 Stage will once again
be central to the schedule, and Bond 22 is expected to take up
much of Pinewood's lot. Pre-production and set construction is
expected to begin late this year. Filming is due to start in
January 2008 with Daniel Craig resuming his duties as 007 for
a theatrical release on 7th November 2008. No details on foreign
shooting locations are available yet, as no official announcements
have been made.
The New 007 Stage
Just after work on Casino Royale had wrapped last July, the world
famous 007 Stage was wrecked
by fire - again. Like a phoenix
from the flames, the stage was
rebuilt and opened for business last month.
The new stage is currently the largest in Europe with an internal
area of 59,000 sq ft and an immense tank capable of holding 5.25
million litres. A number of features that have been incorporated
to enable filmmakers to get the most out of the stage include
a vehicle access ramp directly into the tank, aircraft hangar
style loading doors, and improved sound proofing.
The world famous 007 stage at Pinewood was built in 1976 for
the Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved
Me" and has since housed some
of the most spectacular sets in cinema history. Ahead of Bond
22, ironically, former James Bond actor Pierce
Brosnan will be
one of the first to use the new 007 Stage for the production
Mia!" later this month.
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