The "Skyfall" production team have been busy at Ascot Racecourse this week, but it will be doubling for another location...

Ascot Racecourse Filming

26th November 2011

The "Skyfall" crew have been busy at the famous Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire this week, but the location will not be featuring as you may expect. Back in 1985, the racetrack appeared in "A View To A Kill". But this time, the new modern grandstand structure will instead be doubling for Shanghai International Airport.


Filming has been taking place at after dark for scenes set at night, presumably to help hide the racetrack outside.

New signs were erected with Shanghai International Airport logos, with blue banners matching the real airport exactly, as well as complimenting the grandstand's existing colour scheme. After a minor power outage in the morning, the shoot on Thursday ran over from a 7:30pm wrap to 3am. On Friday, scenes at Royal Ascot involved 300 Chinese extras.

"Skyfall" will shoot in Shanghai, China, but it is not uncommon for Bond productions to use local spots to double foreign locations. Back in 1995, Epsom Downs Racecourse doubled for St Petersburg Airport in "GoldenEye" to reduce expenses and security concerns, as the second unit sent to Russia required bodyguards.

Left: A photo posted on Twitter of a prop sign used during the "Skyfall" filming.

Skyfall Tidbits

  • The National Art Gallery may be appearing as itself in "Skyfall" as extras have been cast as 'Art Gallery Goers'. Daniel Craig was snapped outside the location last week.
  • According to tipsters, a massive outdoor set is being constructed for "Skyfall" at Pinewood Studios.
  • The production has been buying up lots of old VW Beetle cars which are not expected to be in running condition after filming is completed.
  • Shooting will take place in the next few weeks at the The Four Seasons Hotel in Canary Wharf, London.
  • Virgin Atlantic will once again be transporting 007. The airline has been associated with the series since 2006's "Casino Royale".

Above: Ascot Racecourse. Below: Shanghai International Airport

The 23rd James Bond film, "Skyfall", commenced principal studio photography on 7th November 2011 for a UK release on October 26th, 2012 and the USA on November 9, 2012. MGM will produce, finance and distribute 007's 23rd adventure in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Daniel Craig will be returning as the legendary British secret agent, alongside Judi Dench as "M", with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. The cast will also include Bérénice Marlohe, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Wishaw. The film will shoot at Pinewood Studios and on location in London, England; Scotland; Shanghai, China and Istanbul, Turkey.

It will be the longest gap between Bond movies without a change in the lead role. In addition, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the EON Productions series of James Bond films.

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