Bond 25 marks Daniel Craig’s last outing as Secret Agent 007, with the highly anticipated No time to die in American theaters next week.
Although final production costs have yet to be confirmed, the film, which has experienced serious delays due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has would have cost 245 million dollars – in particular because of the different filming locations used.
Indeed, 007 is a notorious jet setter, battling baddies across the snowy tundra, on hot beaches, and even in space. From time to time, he also finds time to take a little vacation.
For the past 18 months every Bond fan has had to hang on to the trailers, which have teased amazing places around the world.
Before its release on October 8, News week breaks down all the filming locations used in No time to die.
** WARNING: Lightweight spoilers for No time to die before**
Where was Bond 25 filmed?
Even before Daniel Craig’s stint as James Bond, 007 had long had ties to Jamaica – from Dr No (1962) to Live and Let Die (1973). Author Ian Fleming himself had a house there. So it makes perfect sense that the agent would eventually retreat to the island, his character’s spiritual home.
Bond’s house at No time to die was specially built on the shore, near Port Antonio. The island also doubled for Cuba later in the film, with shots outside of Kingston, the seventh largest natural port in the world.
Barbara Broccoli, the franchise producer, said staying at Fleming’s former residence in Jamaica helped her understand the importance of the place to Bond.
She said: “I went to Jamaica for the 50th anniversary of the film series and stayed in Fleming’s house, which was a real eye-opener for me. Bond has always saved the world.
“But what I suddenly realized, being actually in the room where he wrote his novels and short stories, was that while Fleming was saying that Bond was saving the world, he was looking at the natural beauty of the world.
“It’s not just the cosmopolitan world as we know it, but the incredible vibrancy of the natural world, the ocean’s coral reefs, flowers, wildlife and birds.
“Fleming loved the beauty of the world and we wanted that to fuel the Bond story in this movie.”
The trailer features some incredible scenes in Matera, Italy. Although the city has never featured in the franchise before, in No time to die it serves as Bond’s breathtaking arena, as he roams the streets in his Aston Martin DB5.
Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould commented, “This is [Matera] a city with such a rich history and it looks amazing. Then throw the car into the equation, which does more than it has since The golden finger in 1964.
“We had a fleeting glimpse of it in Fall from the sky, corn The golden finger is his last big streak. And now that he’s coming back in all his glory and having a spectacular streak again, audiences are going to love him. “
The car chase in Italy literally sets the wheels in motion for Bond, ahead of the iconic pre-title streak.
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga said: “Italy was the perfect setting because they go out at sunset at the end of Specter and where else is as romantic as Italy? And the old one city of Matera was just amazing; we had to shoot there. “
The historic town is not the only Italian scene, as the Sapri station is later used.
As we know, Madeleine Swann’s (Léa Seydoux) father, Mr. White, is Scandinavian, and Norway is an important place to start the story with a flashback streak.
It served as the opening location for the film, with the White family able to easily hide in the forests and mountains of the region.
Broccoli said: “We knew we were going to go to Scandinavia.
“It must have been somewhere they would have been hiding as a family. It would have been an inaccessible place, somewhere quite far away.”
They chose commercial timber just north of Oslo which can be visited, however, the family home in the film was specially built on a lake.
Every Bond movie not only has a villain, but a fantastic lair where they hatch their evil plans.
In No time to die, this lair is not just a house or a complex: it is an entire island.
To film it, the team traveled to the Faroe Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Denmark.
Location manager Charlie Hayes said they filmed background footage and stitched them together, before enhancing them with CGI to create Safin (Rami Malek) lair.
Unfortunately, this means that while the islands themselves are open to visitors, the lair itself is not there for fans to enjoy.
Hayes added, “The geography is absolutely spectacular. It has a huge visual advantage for us in the movie, even though it was a difficult place to pick up a film crew.”
Mountain rescue had to be available during filming, and an extremely limited number of crews were allowed on set to perform these shots.
No 007 movie would be complete without London, and it undoubtedly plays a vital role in No time to die.
This time around, there aren’t any big action sets in London, and fans see a different relationship between Bond and his hometown instead.
Hayes said: “Bond is almost brought back to London after he retires. So I think this is the first time we’ve seen Bond almost at odds with London.”
He added: “He’s not as comfortable and secure as he used to be. We see him opening his old lock and dusting off his old things. He returns to his old workplace where he was pretty quickly overlooked. .
“He doesn’t have access to all the areas he once had. London has a unique role to play in this film.”
Some of the specific landmarks featured include the Hammersmith Bridge, where Bond and M (Ralph Fiennes) meet, as well as the Department of Defense building in Whitehall.
Madeleine crosses the Mall, an iconic London street, and visits the Carlton House Terrace, where her office is located.
Apart from the London landmarks, there were also British sites used to replicate other locations, such as Salisbury Plain near Stonehenge, which was used to film an explosion sequence in Safin’s lair.
Other British locations used in the film include the Ardverikie Estate in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland, Windsor Great Park, and Buttersteep Woods, which also serve as Norwegian forests during a car chase.
Of course, Pinewood Studios in London is also an iconic location for Bond, and many of the previous spy adventures were filmed there.
Much of the Cuban interior shots were shot there, along with various others.
No Time to Die hits theaters on Friday, October 8.