Where was Spectre filmed? Guide to all the filming locations

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The twenty-fourth Bond movie, released in 2015, came packed with awesome filming locations.

Spectre was primarily filmed in England, but 007 also took us from the deserts of Morocco to the icy heights of Austria, and from the madness of a Mexican festival to the glamour of Rome.

Spectre Filming Locations

It's no surprise that this James Bond episode was shot all over the world. The franchise uses exotic locations in each installment of the series.

The previous film, Skyfall, was filmed in Shanghai, Istanbul, Scotland, and Japan. Any 007 movie, including the last of Daniel Craig's feature, No Time to Die, extensively filmed in Italy, is a globetrotter.

Welcome to our spoiler-free guide to all the filming locations of Spectre, listed in chronological order.

The Spectre locations

Where was Spectre filmed
In Mexico City, the production recreated a magnificent Day of the Dead festival. The sequence was filmed in collaboration with local folklore bands, who built a massive Catrina doll.

The Mexicans liked it so much that the parade became a tradition and is now celebrated every year in early November.

The scene begins in the plaza on Tacuba Street, where the National Museum of Art is located.
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Spectre location
The camera follows Bond and his companion in an immersive one continuous shot to the Perfume Museum (MUPE) building at 12 Tacuba Street.

However, the opulent interior was filmed at the Gran Hotel Ciudad de México, a historic luxury hotel located in the heart of the city, facing the Zócalo.

The hotel, which inspired the Aztec Palace Hotel from The Queen's Gambit Netflix series, was built in 1899 in the Art Nouveau style.
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Day of the Dead parade
The bombed building is the Old House of Xicoténcatl, a 16th-century mansion that served as the Senate of Mexico until 2011.

Filming in Mexico lasted over two weeks. More than 200 extras participated in the action, dressed and made up in costumes.
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Day of the Dead Zocalo
The parade was also filmed on 20 de Noviembre Street, where Bond looks at Marco Sciarra from the Church of San Bernardo.

The helicopter flies over the iconic Zócalo Square, the country's main public square, surrounded by historic buildings such as the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace.
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Her Majesty's Treasury building
In London, this scene with Eve Moneypenny (played by Naomie Harris) was filmed in the Drum Court of Her Majesty's Treasury Building in Westminster.

This government edifice, notable for its neoclassical architecture, features a circular courtyard surrounded by the wings of the building, which are accessed through grand archways.
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James Bond apartment
Bond's flat is located at 1 Stanley Gardens, a gorgeous 19th-century building in Notting Hill.
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MI6 headquarters
The MI6 headquarters in Vauxhall was bombed out in the previous 007 movie, Skyfall.

The interior, as well as many other scenes, were filmed at Pinewood Studios.
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Centre for National Security
The new Center for National Security was a CGI'd over the Riverwalk condominium at 161 Millbank.
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Staircase in London City Hall
The CNS interior that appears after the Rome sequence is the staircase in London's City Hall.

Designed by architect Sir Norman Foster between 1998 and 2002, this striking architectural feature is characterized by its spiral design and glass-clad structure.
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Spectre Aston Martin DB10
James borrows 009's Aston Martin DB10 to drive it through the Porta San Pancrazio and the famous Colosseum in Rome.
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Spectre funeral
Sciarra's funeral was filmed in the Museum of Roman Civilization.

This building is part of Rome's impressive EUR district, a haven of rationalist architecture where also the Ripley series was filmed.

If you don't know this place, don't miss out on the inspiring Square Colosseum, another location worthy of 007.
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Spectre Villa with Monica Bellucci
Sciarra's widow, Lucia (Monica Bellucci), lives at Villa Alberico, also known as Villa di Fiorano, on the ancient Appian Way outside Rome.

Now used as an event space, this large aristocratic seven-bedroom home boasts a 17th-century fountain that is featured in the movie.
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Palazzo Cardenza
The fictional Palazzo Cardenza was actually filmed at the Blenheim Palace in in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

Built in the early 18th century, this monumental country house is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

However, the interior hall where the meeting takes place was a set built in the studios.
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Vatican City car chase
The cars leave the grounds of the palace in England, but - movie magic - the chase continues more than a thousand miles away, back in Rome at the Paola Fountain overlooking Trastevere.

The chase continues on Via Properzio and Via della Conciliazione near the Vatican City.
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Scalo de Pinedo
The staircase near the Tiber River is the Scalo de Pinedo, located in the north of the Vatican.
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Sisto Bridge Rome
The Aston Martin vs. Jaguar C-X75 race continues along the banks of the river to the Sisto Bridge.

This place is in the center of Rome, and it doesn't make any sense geographically for them to go through there, but hey, it's a James Bond movie.
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Lake Altaussee
In Austria, the establishing shot was filmed in the cold winter waters of Lake Altaussee.

The 007 crew spent more than a month filming in the Alpine country.
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Obertilliach house
A large wooden house was built in the village of Obertilliach for the stunt.
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ICE Q Restaurant
Bond finds Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), Mr. White's daughter, working at a private medical clinic in the Austrian Alps.

The luxurious ICE Q Restaurant in the Sölden ski resort is located at the top of the Gaislachkogl mountain at 3,048m (10,000 feet).

With its modern architecture and panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, it offers a unique dining experience featuring gourmet cuisine.
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Ötztal Glacier Road
The road used for the plane chase scene is the scenic Ötztal Glacier Road leading to Sölden.

Located in a section of the Austrian Alps, it is considered the second highest paved road in Europe.
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L'Américain hotel Tangier
Swann takes Bond to a hotel in Tangier, Morocco, called L'Américain.

This hotel was filmed at the Palais Akaaboune in the city's ancient medina.
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Oriental Desert Express
The train is the Oriental Desert Express, a scenic tourist train that runs from Oujda to Bouarfa in the Sahara Desert.
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Spectre Restaurant
In London, Moneypenny and Q (Ben Whishaw) meet M (Ralph Fiennes) at the traditional British cuisine restaurant Rules in Covent Garden.

Founded in 1798, Rules holds the distinction of being one of the oldest restaurants in London.
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The Spectre Crater


Spectre Crater
The desert scenes and the crater were shot near an extinct volcano, called Gara Medouar near Erfoud in southeastern Morocco.

The Franz Oberhauser villa was CGI'd into this geological formation with rugged terrain and desert vegetation.
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Dar Bianca Villa Marrakesh
The house is actually the Dar Bianca Villa in Marrakech.

Designed by the renowned architect Imad Rhamouni, the villa exudes a blend of traditional Moroccan architecture and contemporary design elements.

It features spacious living areas, lush gardens, and breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains, which in the movie have been replaced by the crater walls.
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Spectre drehort
Back in London, the safe house is located outside Spring Gardens near Trafalgar Square.

After the last action scene with the boat and the helicopter in the Thames River, the movie ends at the Westminster Bridge.
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6 comments
  1. ...so Bond was in England after all (Palazzo Cadenza scene) ;-)

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

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  3. I loved seeing this movie it was amazing

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

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  5. Other London locations included Spring Gardens near Trafalgar Square (MI6 Safe House) and Rules Restaurant

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