007's London Skyline Stars as 'Skyfall' Backdrop

by David Weiner 8:35 PM PDT, August 16, 2012
Playing 007's London Skyline Stars as 'Skyfall' Backdrop

Skyfall's subtitle may as well be Bond in Britain, as London and U.K. provide a crucial setting for the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise. Go behind the scenes and find out how the Olympic city is portrayed in the film!

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"We had to see parts of London we hadn't seen before, and also use the iconography, probably more so than … in most movies, because Bond opens a few doors," says Daniel Craig, who portrays Bond for the third time in Skyfall. "[Director Sam Mendes] and I wanted to make it British, and it's not some flag-waving thing that either one of us is interested in. It's just about basing Bond in Britain, and it's very exciting just to get out on the streets and show London for what it is."

The production got to use Whitehall, Vauxhall, Smithfield Market as locations and even close down a few tube stations for the film, making Bond's home look just as beautiful as it can be dark and sinister.

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In theaters and IMAX November 9, Skyfall finds Bond's loyalty to M (Judi Dench) tested when her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.