007 Stage

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007 Stage
The 007 stage at Pinewood Studios in March 2006, before the July fire and rebuilding

The Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage is one of the largest sound stages in the world. It is located at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, and named after James Bond film producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli.

The stage was originally conceived in 1976 by production designer Ken Adam to house the set he had designed for the interior of the Liparus supertanker in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The stage's construction cost $1.8 million.[1] The stage was christened the "007 Stage" on 5 December 1976 during a ceremony attended by former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. In contrast to the volcano crater set Adam had built for You Only Live Twice in 1966, the 007 Stage was to be a permanent structure that could be rented out to other productions.

The 1976 stage measured 102 m by 41 m (334 ft by 136 ft) and was 12.5 m (40 ft 6 in) high. It had a maximum 4,220 m2 (45,424 sq ft) floor space. The stage featured a tank measuring 91 m by 22.5 m by 2.7 m (297 ft by 73 ft by 8 ft 10 in). According to 007stage.com, the water tank was an existing studio feature and the stage was created by constructing a building to completely enclose the tank. Technically, because it had no soundproofing, it was a "silent stage", the largest ever built.

The 007 Stage burnt to the ground on 27 June 1984[2] towards the end of filming of Ridley Scott's Legend.[3] It was rebuilt, and reopened in January 1985,[4] with the new name, "Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage", in time for filming to commence on A View to a Kill (1985).

Another fire occurred on 30 July 2006.[4] The fire occurred just after production ended on the Bond film Casino Royale while the Venetian piazza set was being dismantled. Eight fire engines took 90 minutes to bring the fire under control; a spokesman for the local fire brigade said gas canisters may have exploded inside the building. Filming had been completed on the stage several days before and it was being dismantled, so it did not delay production or release of the film.[4] The damage to the building was extensive, causing the roof of the building to collapse.[5] On 31 July 2006, Pinewood issued a statement indicating that the stage "will need to be demolished and rebuilt" and that there had been no casualties in the incident.[5] The fire-damaged stage was demolished on 13–14 September. Construction on the new stage began on 18 September and was completed in under 6 months.[6] The new stage was redesigned and included a number of new features including an increased working floor space area, enclosed stairwells to the gantry, a vehicle ramp into the tank, aircraft hangar-style loading doors, increased electrical power and better insulation. The new stage is 374 ft long, 158 ft wide, and 41–50 ft high (114 × 48 × 12–15 m). The stage is the biggest in Europe at around 59,000 sq ft (5,500 m2).

Filmed in the 007 stage

Contrary to some sources (including IMDb), The Living Daylights did not film on the 007 Stage except for a music video by A-ha.[36] Reports that parts of Supergirl were filmed on the 007 stage are not true.[37] The Sulaco cargo bay set for Aliens was built on D stage.[38]


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  2. ^ News provider ITN's reference to footage of fire on 27 June 1984. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. ^ Interview with Ridley Scott, Starlog No. 101, December 1985.
  4. ^ a b c "Fire wrecks James Bond film stage". BBC News. 30 July 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Bond film stage 'will be rebuilt'". BBC News. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2006.
  6. ^ "007 Stage construction completed". Pinewood Studios. Retrieved 10 April 2007.
  7. ^ "The Making of Superman the Movie" by David Michael Petrou. Scenes inside the Fortress of Solitude were filmed on the H stage at Shepperton Studios
  8. ^ http://www.icollector.com/SUPERMAN-II-1980-Set-of-Four-Building-Construction-Blueprints_i27919338
  9. ^ Cinefex 6, p.37
  10. ^ Interview with John Richardson Cinefex 33, Feb 1988
  11. ^ http://www.the007dossier.com/007dossier/post/2013/02/04/On-the-set-of-Octopussy
  12. ^ Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg and Us by Mark O'Connell
  13. ^ http://www.brianmuirvadersculptor.com/little-shop-of-horrors.html
  14. ^ "Pinewood: The Story of an Iconic Studio" by Bob McCabe; Cinefex 41, p.11 "the bat cave... was built on the largest stage at Pinewood;" one source says the Batcave was built on D stage at Pinewood, a stage a third of the size of 007 Stage
  15. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1997/01/20/business/my-kingdom-for-a-sound-stage.html?pagewanted=all
  16. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/811776/Donnys-Dreamcoat-hits-the-video-shelves.html?pg=all
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  20. ^ Prometheus: The Art of the Film by Mark Salisbury ISBN 9781781161098
  21. ^ https://www.fxguide.com/featured/prometheus-rebuilding-hallowed-vfx-space/
  22. ^ Bond By Design: The Art of the James Bond Films ISBN 9780241185995
  23. ^ http://www.organic-marketing.co.uk/sites/default/files/LP%20Production%20Notes%20Organic%20FINAL.pdf
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  25. ^ "Credits | Pinewood - Film studio facilities & services", Pinewood Shepperton plc. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  26. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/cinderella-behind-magic-oscar-winning-782586
  27. ^ http://www.thestudiotour.com/movies.php?movie_id=2567
  28. ^ http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/s/Spectre.html#.Vnhh4vmLTIU
  29. ^ New Zealand Herald, Craig on Bond: He's got 'serious f***ing problems', Saturday, 17 October 2015 http://m.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11529164
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  31. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 May 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  33. ^ http://makingstarwars.net/2016/03/star-wars-episode-viiis-fear-loathing-in-space-vegas/
  34. ^ The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak and James Clyne
  35. ^ https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/bradford-young-asc-solo-a-star-wars-story/
  36. ^ "The Making of the Living Daylights" by Charles Helfenstein
  37. ^ http://supergirlmaidofmight.com/film/interview-with-supergirl-producer-ilya-salkind/
  38. ^ Cinefex 27, p.12

External links

A View to a Kill

A View to a Kill is a 1985 British spy film, the fourteenth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, and the seventh and last to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Although the title is adapted from Ian Fleming's short story "From a View to a Kill", the film has an entirely original screenplay. In A View to a Kill, Bond is pitted against Max Zorin, who plans to destroy California's Silicon Valley.

The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who also wrote the screenplay with Richard Maibaum. It was the third James Bond film to be directed by John Glen, and the last to feature Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny.

Despite receiving mostly negative reviews from critics, who frequently took umbrage with the effects of Moore's advanced age on his performance, it was a commercial success, with the Duran Duran theme song "A View to a Kill" performing well in the charts, becoming the only theme song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Song.

Arena (An Absurd Notion)

Arena (An Absurd Notion) is a concept concert video filmed during the course of Duran Duran's 1984 Sing Blue Silver North American Tour in support of the album Seven and the Ragged Tiger.

Aston Martin DB10

The Aston Martin DB10 is a bespoke two-door concept car specially created for the James Bond film Spectre by the British car manufacturer Aston Martin.

The car was unveiled by Sam Mendes and Barbara Broccoli, the director and producer of Spectre respectively, the 24th James Bond film from Eon Productions. The unveiling took place as part of the official press launch of the film on the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios, near London, on 4 December 2014. Mendes introduced the car as "the first cast member." The film featured the Aston Martin DB10 as James Bond's car.

Shortly after the unveiling ceremony in Pinewood Studios, Aston Martin also took part in the launch of the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden, London. The car manufacturer celebrated their fifty-year partnership with Bond films franchise, which started with the DB5 being used in the 1964 film Goldfinger.The design of the DB10 was led by Aston Martin's chief creative officer Marek Reichman, with the film's director Mendes working closely with the team. The car was developed specifically for the film and ten units were hand-built in-house by the company's design and engineering teams in Gaydon. Eight of those 10 cars were featured in the movie, and two more were built for promotional purposes. Aston Martin stated that "the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins." It was later revealed that the DB10 was based on the newly introduced V8 Vantage that made its debut in 2017.As of December 2014, Aston Martin had released few of the technical details of the car, but they have revealed that it will feature the company's 6-speed manual transmission unit that is used on their V8-engined cars. The car's chassis is based on a modified version of the VH Generation II platform that underpins the V8 Vantage. However the DB10 has a longer wheelbase and is nearly as wide as the One-77. It is powered by the same 4.7-litre AJ37 V8 engine found in the V8 Vantage S, which produces 430 bhp (321 kW; 436 PS) and 490 N⋅m (361 lb⋅ft) of torque. The DB10 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 310 km/h (193 mph).On 19 February 2016, one of the two "show cars" aside the eight cars used in the film was sold at an auction for £2.4 million.

Casino Royale (2006 film)

Casino Royale is a 2006 spy film, the twenty-first in the Eon Productions James Bond film series, and the third screen adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1953 novel of the same name. Directed by Martin Campbell and written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis, it is the first film to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond, and was produced by Eon Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures, making it the first Eon-produced Bond film to be co-produced by the latter studio. Following Die Another Day, Eon Productions decided to reboot the series, allowing them to show a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond.Casino Royale takes place at the beginning of Bond's career as Agent 007, as he is earning his licence to kill. The plot sees Bond on an assignment to bankrupt terrorist financier Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game; Bond falls in love with Vesper Lynd, a treasury employee assigned to provide the money he needs for the game. The film begins a story arc that continues in the 2008 film, Quantum of Solace.

Casting involved a widespread search for a new actor to succeed Pierce Brosnan as James Bond; the choice of Craig, announced in October 2005, drew controversy. Location filming took place in the Czech Republic, The Bahamas, Italy and the United Kingdom with interior sets built at Barrandov Studios and Pinewood Studios.

Casino Royale premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square on 14 November 2006. It received an overwhelmingly positive critical response, with reviewers highlighting Craig's reinvention of the character and the film's departure from the tropes of previous Bond films. It earned almost $600 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing James Bond film until the release of Skyfall in 2012.

Derek Meddings

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Filming of James Bond in the 1970s

Films made in the 1970s featuring the character of James Bond included Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker.

Filming of James Bond in the 1980s

Films made in the 1980s featuring the character of James Bond included For Your Eyes Only, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, and Licence to Kill.

Filming of James Bond in the 1990s

Films made in the 1990s featuring the character of James Bond included GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough.

Filming of James Bond in the 2000s

Films made in the 2000s featuring the character of James Bond included Die Another Day, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace.

Little Shop of Horrors (film)

Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American rock musical comedy horror film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman about a geeky florist shop worker who finds out his Venus flytrap can speak. Menken and Ashman's Off-Broadway musical was based on the low-budget 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman. The 1986 film stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, and Levi Stubbs as the voice of Audrey II. The film also featured special appearances by Jim Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest and Bill Murray. It was produced by David Geffen through The Geffen Company and released by Warner Bros. on December 19, 1986.

Little Shop of Horrors was filmed on the Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage at the Pinewood Studios in England, where a "downtown" set, complete with overhead train track, was constructed. Produced on a budget of $25 million, in contrast to the original 1960 film, which, according to Corman, only cost $30,000, it was well received by critics and audiences alike, eventually developing a cult following. The film's original 23-minute finale, based on the musical's ending, was rewritten and reshot after test audiences did not react positively to it. For years only available as black-and-white workprint footage, the original ending was fully restored in 2012 by Warner Home Video.

Outline of James Bond

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to James Bond:

James Bond—fictional character created in 1953 by journalist and writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short story collections. The character has also been used in the long-running and fourth most financially successful English language film series to date (after Harry Potter, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe). The series started in 1962 with Dr. No—with Sean Connery as Bond—and has continued most recently with Spectre (2015), starring Daniel Craig as Bond.

Pinewood Group

Pinewood Group Limited (formerly Pinewood Group plc and Pinewood Shepperton plc) is a British multinational film studio and television studio company headquartered in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England. The group runs Pinewood Studios and Shepperton Studios in the UK and Pinewood Toronto Studios in Canada, Pinewood Indomina Studios in the Dominican Republic, Pinewood Studio Berlin in Germany, Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios in Malaysia, and Pinewood Atlanta Studios in the US.

To date over 1,500 productions have used facilities or services provided by Pinewood Group.

Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios

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Pinewood Studios

Pinewood Studios is a British film and television studio located in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, about 4 miles (6.4 km) from Slough, 2 miles (3.2 km) from Uxbridge, and approximately 17 miles (27 km) west of central London.The studio has been the base for many productions over the years from big-budget films to television programmes, commercials, and pop promos. It is well known as the home of the James Bond and Carry On film franchises.

Pinewood Toronto Studios

Pinewood Toronto Studios (formerly known as Filmport) is a major film and television studio complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is the largest of its kind in Canada. It is the first in Toronto capable of accommodating the production of large blockbuster movies.

The studio is named for UK-based The Pinewood Studios Group. In March 2018 it was announced that Bell Media would be buying a controlling stake in the studio.

It is located across the shipping channel from Hearn Generating Station along Commissioners Street.

Production of the James Bond films

The James Bond film series is a British series of spy films based on the fictional character of MI6 agent James Bond, "007", who originally appeared in a series of books by Ian Fleming. It is one of the longest continually-running film series in history, having been in on-going production from 1962 to the present (with a six-year hiatus between 1989 and 1995). In that time Eon Productions has produced 24 films, most of them at Pinewood Studios. With a combined gross of over $7 billion to date, the films produced by Eon constitute the fourth-highest-grossing film series. Six actors have portrayed 007 in the Eon series, the latest being Daniel Craig.

Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman co-produced most of the Eon films until 1975, when Broccoli became the sole producer. The single exception during this period was Thunderball, on which Broccoli and Saltzman became executive producers while Kevin McClory produced. From 1984 Broccoli was joined by his stepson Michael G. Wilson as producer and in 1995 Broccoli stepped aside from Eon and was replaced by his daughter Barbara, who has co-produced with Wilson since. Broccoli's (and until 1975, Saltzman's) family company, Danjaq, has held ownership of the series through Eon, and maintained co-ownership with United Artists since the mid-1970s. The Eon series has seen continuity both in the main actors and in the production crews, with directors, writers, composers, production designers, and others employed through a number of films.

From the release of Dr. No (1962) to For Your Eyes Only (1981), the films were distributed solely by United Artists. When Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer absorbed United Artists in 1981, MGM/UA Entertainment Co. was formed and distributed the films until 1995. MGM solely distributed three films from 1997 to 2002 after United Artists was retired as a mainstream studio. From 2006 to 2015, MGM and Columbia Pictures co-distributed the film series, following the 2004 acquisition of MGM by a consortium led by Columbia's parent company, Sony Pictures. In November 2010, MGM filed for bankruptcy. Following its emergence from insolvency, Columbia became co-production partner of the series with Eon. Sony's distribution rights to the franchise expired in late 2015 with the release of Spectre. In 2017, MGM and Eon offered a one-film contract to co-finance and distribute the upcoming 25th film worldwide, which was reported on 25 May 2018 to have been won by Universal Pictures.Independently of the Eon series, there have been three additional productions with the character of James Bond: an American television adaptation, Casino Royale (1954), produced by CBS; a spoof, Casino Royale (1967), produced by Charles K. Feldman; and a remake of Thunderball entitled Never Say Never Again (1983), produced by Jack Schwartzman, who had obtained the rights to the film from McClory.

Shepperton Studios

Shepperton Studios is a film studio located in Shepperton, Surrey, England with a history dating back to 1931. It is now part of the Pinewood Studios Group. During its early existence the studio was branded as Sound City.

Sound stage

In common usage, a sound stage (also written soundstage) is a soundproof, hangar-like structure, building, or room, used for the production of theatrical film-making and television productions, usually located on a secured movie or television studio property.

A sound stage should not be confused with a silent stage. A sound stage is sound-proofed so that sound can be recorded along with the images. The recordings are known as "production sound." A silent stage is not soundproofed, and is susceptible to outside noise interference, and so sound is not generally recorded. Because most sound in movies, including dialogue, is added in post-production, this generally means that the main difference between the two is that sound stages are used for dialogue scenes, but silent stages are not. An alternative to production sound is to record additional dialogue during post-production using a technique known as dubbing.

The Living Daylights (song)

"The Living Daylights" is a song performed by Norwegian pop group a-ha for the 1987 James Bond film of the same name. It was written by guitarist Pål Waaktaar. After first appearing in the context of the film, a revised version was included in the band's Stay on These Roads studio album, which came out in 1988.

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