The dead are MI6 agents who suffered grisly
fates during the attack
on the organisation that is featured
in the opening of the movie. Dame Judi Dench filmed on
location as M.
Before the interior shots were captured, several black
hearses were seen carrying the coffins to the location
along College Way.
Given that M and Tanner have
filmed around Whitehall earlier, it may be assumed that
these streets in Greenwich are doubling for a government
As the official 007 Twitter photo reveals
(opposite), M inspecting the coffins is scene 35, which
places it early in the film,
before the underground office scenes and before Shanghai
which follows shortly thereafter.