The modern film has plenty of digitally added elements to make them look supreme. But actual locations are still popular and not everything you see is filmed in front of the green screen.
In particular, London has plenty of iconic spots to choose from. The city is filled with history and recognisable places. There isn’t anything more fun than trying to see if you can spot real-life places. There are especially many iconic scenes filmed at London’s underground stations and when watching these films, it is always fun trying to spot them at first glance.
The Name’s Bond, James Bond.
The James Bond franchise is an integral aspect of the UK Film industry and a Bond film wouldn’ttruly feel like one without scenes being filmed at real-life London locations and the latest and 25th film of the franchise, No Time to Die, is no different.
No Time to Die had scenes shot in London with one of the most pivotal being an important meeting between James Bond (Daniel Craig) and M (Ralph Fiennes) on Hammersmith Bridge. Additionally, perhaps arguably one of the most memorable Bond scenes to ever have taken place at London’s underground network is the scene that was set at Temple station in Skyfall. In the film, Bond is following Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) in an exhilarating chase sequence.
Nevertheless, while that particular scene was set at Temple station for the purpose of the film, it was actually physically filmed elsewhere. According to Insider London, the sequence was filmed at a disused Jubilee Line platform at Charing Cross. Some sharp-eyed tube station experts noticed this due to the differences in tunnel hall design. Nonetheless, you still see a real tube station in the film.
The Long-lasting Cultural Impact of London Stations
Seeing a real-life location can make film fans interested in visiting those sights in real life. A famous example of this is the platform seen throughout the Harry Potter franchise. One of the most memorable scenes of the franchise is seeing Harry make his first attempts at running through a wall at platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
That scene is such a mainstay in the UK film industry that it has led to tourists and Harry Potter fans from across the world visiting Kings Cross to get a picture with the platform sign, though, some fans have arguably taken their love and passion for Harry Potter a bit too far since fans have actually tried to run through the wall to emulate the famous wizard.
Who can film in London?
But is video production in London available for anyone? How much would you have to pay to film a sequence at a famous tube station, for example?
Transport for London has certain restrictions on filming on the underground. You are limited to shoot either between 10-15.30 or 20-23.00 on Monday to Friday. Filming times offer a little bit more flexibility on the weekends.
There can be further restrictions on how you want to film. The use of special lighting might require pre-approval. You also need to get a filming permit from the Film Office before you head down to the tube station. The content of your film also needs a permit, as you can’t just film whatever you want.
Filming isn’t even that expensive, as amateur film producers don’t need to pay more than £50 for the application fee, but filming iconic scenes in great locations would be worth the investment for any aspiring filmmaker, director, or film studio.
London offers plenty of interesting and iconic movie scenes. If you want to add something special to your films, you should keep an eye out for spots in the famo