The Foreigner - Churton Street, London

I recently visited England with my family. We spent most of our time on the south coast, but we also wanted to visit London again. And of course I took advantage of the opportunity and photographed a few filming locations. James Bond films would be the obvious choice, but to stay somewhat true to the name of my blog, let's start with a Jackie Chan location. With Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) in the director's chair and Pierce Brosnan as an actor, The Foreigner also contains a considerable touch of 007.

The terrorist attack that cost Jackie's film daughter her life was shot on Churton Street. This is where the stranger's campaign of revenge begins. 

The Foreigner - Lambeth Palace Road, London

A tense-looking young woman leaves the red double-decker bus and is greeted by her grim-looking accomplice. Then the camera pans to the bridge, where the bus is about to drive over. Something is wrong here.

The Foreigner - Lambeth Bridge, London

Boom the bus blows up. If you type "chan foreigner lambeth bridge" into Google, you will find lots of news articles about the explosion, which was filmed on a Sunday morning and apparently caused a stir. 

For Your Eyes Only - St. Giles Churchyard, Stoke Poges

James Bond visits the grave of his wife Teresa, who was killed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The church is located almost 30 miles west of London. When we drove up to London from the south coast, we took a small detour to see this place. On the second screenshot from the movie, you can see the church behind the trees, now the trees have grown too tall to allow a view of the church. 

Octopussy - Whitehall, London

A few early eighties impressions from London's government district. I actually wanted to wait until the red buses were positioned exactly like in the film's screenshot, but on the other hand I didn't want to overtax my girlfriend's patience.

Octopussy - Sotheby's, London

James Bond leaves the auction house after cleverly swapping the priceless Fabergé egg for a fake. By the way, Sotheby's is conveniently located on New Bond Street. However, the name is not based on Her Majesty's favorite spy, but on Sir Thomas Bond who lived in the 17th century and was a landowner and accountant of the household of Queen Henrietta Maria.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - Seven Sisters, Eastbourne

One of the highlights of our trip was actually our time in Brighton. We fell in love with the coastal town and we will definitely come back. Not far from Brighton are the picturesque chalk sea cliffs known as the Seven Sisters. I hadn't seen the Robin Hood movie in ages and therefore couldn't remember the scene that was filmed here. Luckily, the internet has a better memory than me and pointed out the filming location when we were looking for sights in the area. 

The Living Daylights - Trafalgar Square, London

Universal Exports Ltd. is just a front company behind whose door secret operations are being planned. In order not to attract attention, they settled directly in one of the most famous tourist hotspots in London. By the way, Trafalgar Square's name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar that took place off the coast of Cape Trafalgar in 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars. 

Licence to Kill - Whitehall, London

Whitehall is one of the recurring filming locations in London for Bond films. This time for Timothy Dalton's second and final adventure as a 00 Section field agent with the Licence to Kill. 

The World Is Not Enough - SIS Building, London

As you can easily see from the screenshot, this is the headquarters of the MI6. In the film as well as in reality. In December 1994, the MI6 was officially renamed SIS (Secret Intelligence Service), hence the name of the building. 

The Living Daylights - White Pond Farm, Stonor

The place where Necros kills the milkman. Now he can slip into his role and get into the safehouse unhindered. White Pond Farm still looks the same as it did in 1987.