SPECTRE Locations

A look at the filming locations used in SPECTRE.

Speaking at Pinewood Studios in early December 2014, director Sam Mendes revealed a number of details about the 24th James Bond film.

The event took place the week before filming started and Mendes announced the new film was to be titled SPECTRE. He also unveiled the Aston Martin DB10 and introduced the principal actors.

Later the same day a press release divulged the filming locations. These were Pinewood Studios and London, Mexico City, Rome, Austria and Morocco.

Here we take a look at each of the locations used in SPECTRE .

Mexico City

The scenes in the pre-title sequence were filmed in Mexico City between the 19th and 31st March 2015.

The entire sequence was filmed in and around the historic Plaza de la Constitución, more usually known simply as Zócalo. The scenes feature an elaborate Day of the Dead parade staged especially for SPECTRE, ending with a fight in a helicopter with the panicking crowds in Zócalo below.

Mexico cathedral in the Zócalo (PixaBay)

While the Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico, the parade is not typical. It is only after the release of the film that the authorities in Mexico City decided to put on a parade each year inspired by the sequence from SPECTRE.

However, as is often the case in films, not everything is as it seems. When James Bond and Estrella enter the hotel it is not the Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico (82 Avenida 16 de Septiembre), whose logo it bears, but a building located at 12 Calle de Tacuba.

The elaborate interior with the cage-style lift was shot in the hotel itself though. There are two lifts in the hotel, which you can see if you navigate the panoramic photo. You can even “walk” into on of the lifts.

The drummers seen at the start are in front of the National Art Museum at Plaza Manuel Tolsá, just along from the fake hotel entrance.

Plaza Manuel Tolsá. Photo by Nan Palmero (CC BY 2.0).

After Bond exits his room via the window the Palacio de Minería (Palace of Mining), opposite the art museum, is seen behind Bond. But the building Bond would be on if he were really there, the old headquarters of the senate of the republic on 9 Xicoténcatl, is quite different from how it is portrayed in the film. For instance. there is no alleyway between buildings for Bond to jump over in real life.

Once he gets to the the back of the building real life takes over again though. At 24 Calle Donceles you’ll find the historic Teatro Fru Fru. The meeting between Marco Sciara and Gallo takes place in a room within theatre building. This is where the explosion takes place, causing its facade to collapse.

Teatro Frou Frou was the building in which Marco Sciarra is seen meeting his associates. Photo by Rafael Alcázar Romero.

Afterwards Bond chases Sciarra as he nears a helicopter in the middle of the Zócalo. During the fight in the now airborne helicopter you can see much of Mexico City’s historic centre spinning past, including the Cathedral.

United Kingdom

Once again filming took place on the soundstages of Pinewood Studios, where the production was based.

SPECTRE also used a number of locations across London as well as Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

London

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace stood in for the palace in Rome is which SPECTRE met (Pixabay).

Austria

Sölden

Obertilliach

Lake Altaussee

Rome

Morocco

Tangier

Erfoud