Where was Spectre filmed?

The new Bond film Spectre is packed with awesome filming locations. 007 will take you from the desert in Morocco to the icy heights of Austria, and from the madness of a Mexican festival to the glamour of Rome, without forgetting where everything comes from, England.

It's no surprise that the new James Bond movie has been filmed all over the world. It is already the house brand to use exotic locations in each installment of the series. The previous one, Skyfall, was shot in Shanghai, Istanbul, Scotland and Japan. There are tons of pages commenting the plot, but here as always, we go spoiler-free:

Spectre filming locations in Mexico

Spectre Filming Locations
The film's opening sequence takes place in Mexico city, around the Zócalo and the Centro.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre Mexico
The production recreated a magnificent parade of the Day of the Dead festival, filmed in collaboration with local folklore bands. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre Locations
Street Tacuba, with the National Museum of Art at the left and the Palace of Mining at the right.
Image by Laap mx

Where was Spectre filmed
The central main square Zocalo was completely closed for filming works. More than 200 extras with costumes and makeup participated in the action. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Drehorte Spectre
Shooting in Mexico lasted more than two weeks, and included a helicopter action sequence flying over the city center. Also the streets around the old senate were used in a scene showing the destruction of some buildings. Image by Felix E. Guerrero

Day of the Dead Spectre
The massive Calavera Catrina, icon of the Day of the Dead, appearing in Spectre with the Mexico City Cathedral in the background. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre filming locations in Austria

Lake Spectre
The intro-to-Austria-scene takes us into the cold winter waters of the Lake Altaussee.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Film Location Spectre
The 007 crew was filming in the country for more than a month.
Image by Philip Schroll

House Spectre
A large wooden alpine house was set in the village of Obertilliach.
Image by Jari

Spectre Austria
The Ötztal Glacier Road of this section of the Austrian Alps, was used for scenery in an action chase sequence.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre Sölden
This road is a beautiful scenic way that leads to Sölden, and it's considered the second highest paved road in Europe.
Image by Roman Pfeiffer

Top Mountain Spectre
The luxurious ICE Q Restaurant on Sölden skiing resort, at the top of a peak at 3,048m (10,000 foot). This splendid location was doubling as a private medical clinic. Image by Ötztal Sourismus Sölden

Mountains Spectre
The production team was also filming some views over the small Kartitsch village, for scenes on ski slopes.
Image by Roman Pfeiffer

Spectre filming locations in England

MI6 Spectre
MI6 headquarters in Vauxhall (London), bombed-out in the previous 007 film Skyfall, in an image snapped from the trailer of Spectre. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre London
Many interior scenes were filmed in Pinewood Studios. Some more locations in London include the staircase of the City Hall, Westminster Bridge and the Covent Garden among other city venues. Image by George Rex

Blenheim Palace Spectre
Also in England, the exteriors of the Blenheim Palace in Woodstock (Oxfordshire), were doubling for Palazzo Cadenza in Italy. Here is where the Spectre meeting takes place. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre shooting locations
The cars are leaving the grounds of the palace in UK, but the chase scene continues more than a thousand miles away...
Image by Sheila Sund

Spectre filming locations in Italy

Car chase Spectre
... along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Rome Spectre
The area of the Roman bridges set for the location, was around Ponte Sant'Angelo, Ponte Mazzini and Ponte Sisto (pictured). Image by Filippo N

Spectre Scene location
Aston Martin DB10 vs Jaguar C-X75 racing in front of the Vatican, in Via della Conciliazione.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Movie Locations Spectre
Another screenshot showing a section of the elevated passage know as Passetto di Borgo, where the chase scene continues through the streets of the Eternal City. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Italy Spectre
Outside Rome, this property called Villa Fiorano was set for a scene with Monica Bellucci.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre Funeral
Another location worthy of 007 is the rationalist architecture of the Museum of Roman Civilization, used for a funeral scene. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre movie set location
This building is part of the impressive EUR district in Rome, used as filming location for hundreds of movies before. If you don't know yet this place, don't miss out the inspiring Square Colosseum.

Spectre filming locations in Morocco

Spectre Train
Some exteriors were filmed showing the Oriental Desert Express train that goes from Oujda to Bouarfa.

Spectre Crater
The desert scenes in the crater were shot near an extinct volcano, called Gara Medouar near Erfoud.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre Tanger
In Tanger, a set for a scene was built in Medina, including repainting and fixing the area for the purpose of the film.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre Morocco
Like this pharmacy, that was transformed into a coffee.
Images courtesy of Bernard Moutin

For further information, we recommend the book Behind the Scenes of Spectre including a selected ensemble of photography and cast and crew interviews. Also interesting is the new edition of The James Bond Archives behind the 007 scenes, from Dr. No to Spectre. Finally here is a link to the Blu-ray of the movie packed with some interesting extras:


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Gee-Jay said...

...so Bond was in England after all (Palazzo Cadenza scene) ;-)

REY fan forever forever said...

Theese are amazing places f my fIrst bond film and i loved it so much!!

REY fan forever forever said...

I loved seeing this movie it was amazing

cinemascoper said...

Was the Spectre headquarters inside the crater a set or does it exist?

charlie puth said...


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