A look at the filming locations that appear in No Time to Die.
The James Bond films are renowned for shooting at spectacular locations across the world and No Time to Die was no exception. Scenes were filmed in Norway weeks prior to the production’s official start because of the expected ice melt but most of the major cast members attended the launch event at Goldeneye, Ian Fleming’s holiday villa where he wrote his books.
After Jamaica the filmmakers headed back to Pinewood for filming on various stages, including the 007 Stage, and at various locations in England and Scotland. They also filmed a major action piece in Italy, while the second united headed to the Faroe Islands.
Like most of the previous films in the series, No Time to Die’s home base was located at Pinewood Studios, with filming also taking place at nearby Black Park, central London, the Highlands of Scotland, Windsor Great Park, RAF Brize Norton, Salisbury Plain and the English Channel.
By the time the first unit arrived in the UK filming had already taken place in Norway and Jamaica but complicating the shoot was Daniel Craig’s ankle injury on the last day of filming in Jamaica. Craig required minor surgery followed by a period of recuperation. That required the filming schedule to be rearranged to be able to continue without the leading actor, or at least with reduced mobility.
Filming took place on a number of stages, including the Albert R Broccoli 007 Stage, one of the largest sound stages in the world. Sets included the hotel in Cuba, interiors of Madeleine’s house in Norway, M’s office, Safin’s lair. An entire Cuban street was built on the North Lot and shots of young Madeleine under the ice were filmed in the underwater tank with ice imported from Norway. Filming at Pinewood started in very late May or early June and continued until 25th October 2021.
As well as those previously mentioned these included the scenes at Belmarsh and the secret bioweapons Lab in London. On 4th June there was an explosion on set which caused damage to the 007 Stage and a minor injury to one crew member. Presumably this was the lab explosion when Valdo Obruchev is captured by Safin’s men.
Night filming also took place at nearby Black Park for a number of days throughout much of June.
At the end of June a suited Daniel Craig was in Whitehall with his Aston Martin Vantage parked on Whitehall Court at the intersection with Horse Guards Avenue, opposite the Ministry of Defence.
In early July Craig and Naomie Harris filmed scenes outside a terraced house in London. After parking the Aston Martin outside the pair drop in on Q. This was filmed at 42 Roupell Street.
And filming took place near Hammersmith Bridge on 12th July with Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes.This was on the Lower Mall promenade on the north bank next to Furnivall Sculling Club.
July saw the production moved to Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. Here they shot the scenes in which Bond, Madeleine and Mathilde try to outrun Logan Ash and his men on dirt roads and cross country. Filming took place within Ardverikie Estate on the banks of Loch Laggan.
Although an Aston Martin Valkyrie was used in filming these scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
Other UK locations
HMS Dragon was used in filming scenes appearing in the finale of the film. While the action takes place in disputed waters between Russia and Japan, filming took place in the English Channel to the south of the Isle of Wight in late July or early August. But later in August a film unit in the Solent was attributed by local press to No Time to Die but later turned out to be for Tenet.
Buttersteep Forest in Windsor Great Park was used for filming in early August. The scenes are likely part of the Norway car chase sequence. After Madeleine and Mathilde are kidnapped by Safin’s men Nomi drives Bond to an airbase from which they play towards Safin’s island lair. Scenes at the airbase were shot at RAF Brize Norton during early October 2019. Also in October the second unit shot segments of the car chase at Salisbury Plain on Ministry of Defence land.
No Time to Die was filmed at several locations in Norway, used in the pre-title sequence as well as later on when Bond Madeleine takes flight from London.
Although the film didn’t officially get underway until the end of April, Cary Fukunaga directed the first unit in Hakadal between 25th and 31st March 2019.
In the pre-title sequence the Norway scenes must be set somewhere between 1996 and 1998 as the young Madeleine is listening to J’t’emmène au vent by Louise Attaque on headphones. It was released as a single in 1996 and is included on an album released in April 1997.
Later in the film Madeleine returns here with Mathilde after Safin tracks her down in London.
A crew was sent to Lake Langvann for a week in March and April 2019. However it’s not clear if filming actually took place here or whether it is from here that ice was extracted from the lake for filming at Pinewood.
Clear ice was required to film the young Madeleine trapped under the ice while trying to escape Safin.
Atlantic Ocean Road
Filming took place on several sections of the spectacular Atlantic Ocean Road in early June, with Ben Collins behind the wheel for at least some of the shots. These are the scenes when Bond heads to Madeleine’s lakeside house in his Aston Martin V8 Vantage, as well as when Bond, Madeleine and Mathilde flee in Madeleine’s pre-2002 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado pursued by Logan Ash and his men in modern Range Rover Sports.
After the film was launched on 25th April 2019 at Goldeneye, filming commenced at Port Antonio on 28th April.
Filming took place in Market Square with Daniel Craig driving Bond’s battered Land Rover. Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter) and Billy Magnussen (Logan Ash) were also involved in the scenes in which Bond meets the two CIA men.
The production also filmed Daniel Craig on a sailing boat off Port Antonio, followed in early May by the scenes at Bond’s house, purpose built for filming in Cocoa Walk Bay. Anyone hoping to visit it is out of luck though as it was dismantled after filming and is on private property anyway. While being far from a copy of Ian Fleming’s house, Bond’s home appears to be quite clearly inspired by Goldeneye
The final scenes shot in Jamaica were at Boundbrook Wharf with Daniel Craig, Lashana Lynch (Nomi) and David Dencik (Valdo Obruchev). It is likely here that Craig injured his ankle, requiring an unscheduled visit to a New York specialist, while filming in Pinewood was disrupted.
While the main unit completed filming on 10th May, the second unit continued until later in the month. At some point filming took place at Kingston Container Terminal in the south for shots used in the background of Bond’s arrival (and departure) in Cuba.
But the big set piece was shot at night around 20th May, when the CIA boat exploded with a seaplane flying overhead. This was filmed near the coast close to the promontory located north-west of Port Antonio.
Filming took place from mid-August to the third week of September 2019 at various locations in southern Italy.
Daniel Craig himself arrived in Italy on 8th September, a few days after Cary Fukunaga. The main filming location was the town of Matera, but scenes were also shot in Gravina di Puglia as well as Sapri and its environs.
Various locations in the historic Sassi di Matera were used for an extensive chase scene on foot, motorbike and car filmed by the second unit. Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux were also filmed at various locations across the town, including night time scenes with bonfires burning, and with the DB5. It was also here that Craig filmed much of the sequence in which Bond escapes Primo on foot after jumping from the bridge.
Gravina di Puglia
The second unit shot a stunt on the old stone bridge around the 21st August. The first unit moved there from Matera for shooting between 19th and 23rd September. This is the beginning of the escape sequence.
Filming took place at the railway station and nearby streets at Sapri between 23rd and 25th September 2019. Further filming also took place on the coast. These include the scenes at the end of the film after Madeleine and Mathilde have been rescued from Safin’s island, although the exact location of these scenes has not yet been identified.
In the final act of the film Bond heads to Safin’s island lair to try and rescue both Madeleine and his daughter, Mathilde. Q tells Bond, “it’s part of a chain, in disputed water between Japan and Russia. There’s a chemical plant dating back to the Second World War”.
That would make it one of the four disputed Kuril Islands, which were annexed by the Soviet Union towards the end of WW2.
In reality filming took place on the island of Kalsoy, one of the Faroe Islands located some 320km north of Scotland and part of Denmark. Filming took place in the north of the island in late September 2019, with the harbour and missile silos added digitally in post production. Principal cast members were not involved in filming, which consisted of filming long shots of the dramatic scenery.
When a satellite image of Safin’s island is shown in M’s office most of the island has been removed leaving just the most northerly quarter. There are missile silos close to the Kallur lighthouse.
A crew of 60 stayed in the village of Trøllanes, which is located precisely where Safin’s base is. Filming took place here for two days, with a further further three days spent filming on the Kallur promontory near the lighthouse.
At the end of the film, as Bond waits for the missiles to rain down on the island, he stands on a concrete platform next to a missile silo. While the platform and silo are studio shots, they have been inserted into footage filmed in the vicinity of the lighthouse. As he stares towards the sky you can see the distinctive cliffs of the island of Eysturoy in the distance.
The production hired local farmer Jóhannus Kallgarð to organise logistics on the island. They were so impressed by his efficiency that he is credited at the end of the film as “The King of Kalsoy”. Kallgarð offers guided tours of the locations used in filming, including the spot where James Bond dies, now marked by a gravestone.
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