Where Was the James Bond Movie ‘No Time to Die’ Filmed?
Daniel Craig is no stranger to James Bond films. He has played the role four times in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), and now he’s back for one final film with No Time to Die before retiring from the series altogether. With many globetrotting adventures afoot, where was No Time to Die filmed?
The premise of ‘No Time to Die’
James Bond has been the protagonist of many novels, films, and TV shows since 1953. Daniel Craig will be leaving his role as James Bond to focus on other projects. In No Time to Die, the character has left MI6 when his friend, Felix, approaches him to help find an influential scientist (Valdo Obruchev) who had been kidnapped.
‘No Time to Die’ filming locations
Some fans have made speculations about the film’s location. Some assumed it would be shot in Prague, Czech Republic, because of its resemblance with London architecture. Fortunately, we now have confirmation regarding some of the sites where the movie was filmed.
No Time to Die, the newest James Bond movie, was filmed in several countries. According to GQ Magazine, some scenes were shot at Port Antonio, Jamaica. During production, Matera, Italy, also played an important role because they needed some car chasing scenes for their Aston Martin DB5 vehicle driven by Daniel Craig.
According to The Guardian, another location was in Norway. The main reason for this decision was to uphold Madeleine Swann’s family background and legacy. The remote jungle near Oslo would also allow viewers some semblance of an inaccessible area and ancient forestry where Madeleine’s family could easily hide out in.
The Faroe Islands was crucial to shoot the villain Safin’s stay in an archipelago on Denmark’s coast. The area also serves as his evil hideout and amplifies his role within the movie. According to GQ, London was also significant because of its iconic locations like the Ministry of Defense Building or Hammersmith Bridge and in specific locales such as its mall.
Another location with breathtaking landscapes was the Cairngorms in Scotland. They were used to film some car scenes for No Time to Die with panning shots of nature as a backdrop. Even though this location only has brief appearances in the film and was not featured prominently as other iconic locations such as Glen Coe or Sky Dawson’s Passes did for Bond movies before it, its beauty still shows up through every shot.
There is no denying that the Scottish wilderness also plays a big part in this movie. The trailers were shot in Ardverikie Estate, Loch Laggan, and Aviemore to capture elements like deer running through those great environments for an exciting chase scene.
Finally, the iconic Pinewood Studios are well known as a pivotal shooting spot for Bond films. Just like in 1976 when Roger Moore starred in The Spy Who Loved Me, No Time to Die had to be created here too.
New and returning cast members
The film features a diverse cast of characters, including Rami Malek as Safin and Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann. Others include Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, and Ben Whishaw as Q, an MI6 quartermaster in London.