James Bond Skyfall house filming location has welcomed Pierce Brosnan as well as Daniel Craig
Hankley Common is a peaceful 560-hectare nature reserve that contains many magnificent walking trails and is part of the Thursley, Hankley and Frensham Commons Special Area of Conservation, Special Protection Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Oh, and it also saw the dramatic destruction of the Bond family house.
The common has a mixture of hills and flat areas with stunning views over the Surrey landscape; some of south west Surrey’s top walking spots are also close by including The Sculpture Park,The Devil’s Jumps and Frensham Ponds.
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But its tourist popularity has grown further more recently due to its prominence in many blockbuster successes.
The location initially made appearances in Bond films The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day but is perhaps best known for its use in Skyfall.
As directed by Sam Mendes, the film’s climax saw Hankley Common welcome Daniel Craig’s Bond and Judi Dench’s M as they returned to the ancestral home in the Scottish Highlands.
Film-makers chose the area in south-west Elstead to double as Scotland because of its open heathland.
The film used CGI to add background mountains to make the common look more like Scotland with this particular part of the filming taking place over two consecutive nights in March 2012.
Up to 70 craftsmen built the Skyfall lodge from plywood around a scaffold frame; it was then plastered and painted to look like a period house.
Following a series of dramatic action scenes, Bond rigged propane tanks to explode, resulting in the cinematic explosion of the house and subsequently the helicopter.
Stunt coordinator Gay Powell set up a training camp where he put 42 actors through their paces and whittled them down to the final seven.
The explosion was created by 30-40 smaller explosions which made a huge fireball that went 200 feet into the air. The special effects team used the equivalent of 140 sticks of dynamite.
The filming spot, situated between Farnham and Godalming, has only continued to attract big filmmakers with scenes in Black Widow and 1917 (also directed by Sam Mendes) showcasing this part of the county.
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