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,
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
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.
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
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