James Bond filming locations in the UK including those you can visit yourself

James Bond filming locations in the UK including scenes for No Time to Die with places you can visit in London, Oxford, Buckinghamshire

Daniel Craig filming James Bond at the National Gallery in London
You can follow in 007’s footsteps at heaps of filming locations in the UK

James Bond doesn’t half get around when he’s on a secret mission, and the latest 007 instalment No Time to Die has him dashing around and causing chaos in an array of locations including Jamaica, the Faroe Islands, Italy and Norway.

As Bond’s home is England, it seems fitting that heaps of scenes have been shot across UK destinations including London and Pinewood Studios.

That means fans of the franchise can follow in 007’s footsteps and actually visit some of the iconic places that feature in the films, including recent hits starring Daniel Craig.

Die-hard Bond fans can explore multiple Bond locations all over the UK including London, Scotland, Oxford and the Nene Valley.

There are plenty of spots which served as the setting for iconic scenes, and make for ideal Bond-inspired selfies at the same time. (If you’re really committed, you could even rock a tux).

We take a look at some of the best James Bond filming locations in the UK to have on your radar…

London

Head to London and you can tick off several Bond locations in one go. One of the most iconic sights has to be the Vauxhall Cross SIS Building on the banks of the River Thames.

It’s the filming location for the HQ of the British Secret Intelligence Service and can be seen in hits including GoldenEye, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, SkyFall and SPECTRE.

Historic Rules Restaurant in Covent Garden was used for a scene in Spectre with M, Q, Moneypenny and Bond all sitting down to discuss business. Why not stop for a drink and order a martini, shaken, not stirred?



Daniel Craig stars in James Bond
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The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is where Bond first meets Q in Skyfall as they are both looking at Turner’s Fighting Temeraire painting. See if you can find the exact spot in the gallery where this meeting takes place?

The Reform Club in Pall Mall was used for scenes in Die Another Day and Quantum of Solace. This prestigious private members’ club in London is the location for the Foreign Office scene in the Quantum of Solace. In this scene, M meets the Foreign Secretary to discuss Green and whether to pursue him further.









In Die Another Day, the Reform Club is also the setting for a fencing club called Blades where Madonna makes a surprising cameo appearance in a scene, as mysterious fencing teacher Verity.

Fun fact – Madonna is the first singer to perform a Bond films soundtrack, Die Another Day, whilst also depicting a character in the film.

Make sure to also head to Mayfair, the birthplace of Bond creator Ian Fleming. Here you can see a blue plaque erected at 22b Ebury Street as it was Fleming’s home between 1934 and 1945.

Oxford



Brasenose College served as a filming location
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Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history and has also been used as a Bond location.

Tomorrow Never Dies had establishing shots at Brasenose College and partially at New College in Oxford. In one scene at New College, you can see Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 parked outside.

Buckinghamshire



Waddesdon Manor provided some luxurious settings for filming
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In Never Say Never Again, the Dining Room at the elegant, Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire was reimagined as the luxurious lair where James Bond (played by Sean Connery) goes head to head with villain Max Largo (played by Klaurs Maria Brandaeur) in the eternal battle computer game, Domination.

Scottish Highlands

The alluring Scottish Highlands have also featured in the franchise with scenes from Skyfall shot in Glen Coe and Glen Etive. A driving sequence in Skyfall was filmed on the A82 near the dramatic peaks of Buachaille Etive Beag and Buachaille Etive Mor.

It’s a beautiful road trip for Bond fans who are keen to recreate some of the more epic drives from the franchise.







Film tourism is big business in the UK, and draws visitors from around the world, offering some valuable opportunities for VisitBritain to showcase these breathtaking destinations and their surrounding regions.

VisitBritain Deputy CEO Patricia Yates said: “Visit Britain’s research shows that films and TV are powerful motivators for travel. With almost a third of potential visitors to the UK keen to visit locations used in filming and seen-on-screen, film tourism has been an increasingly valuable part of our global tourism offer.”

“The upcoming release of the new James Bond film gives us a timely opportunity to promote our world-renowned culture, stunning countryside and experiences that you can only have in Britain to a global audience of millions, and ultimately inspire visitors to come here and enjoy the Bond lifestyle for themselves.”

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