Filming Locations Guide: Where was Spectre filmed?

Spectre Filming Locations
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The twenty-fourth Bond movie, released in 2015 came packed with awesome filming locations. Spectre was shot basically in England, but 007 also takes us from the desert of Morocco to the icy heights of Austria, from the madness of a Mexican festival to the glamour of Rome.

It's no surprise that this James Bond episode was filming all over the world. The franchise uses 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, so just in case, we go spoiler-free:

The Mexico Shoot

Where was Spectre filmed
The film's opening sequence takes place in central Mexico city, in the famous Zócalo Square. The production recreated a magnificent parade of the Day of the Dead festival, filmed in collaboration with local folklore bands. 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. Pictured, a scene in Tacuba St, where is located the National Museum of Art and the Palace of Mining.
Image by courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Laap MX


Day of the Dead day
The Zocalo was completely closed for filming works. More than 200 extras with costumes and makeup participated in the action. The massive Calavera Catrina built for the shot, with the Mexico City Cathedral in the background. The Desperados movie location was set in a district nearby in the city.


Bond goes to Austria

Spectre Film Location
A large wooden alpine house was set in the village of Obertilliach. The 007 crew was filming in the country for more than a month. The production team was also recording some establishing shots in the small Kartitsch village (scenes on ski slopes), along with the cold winter waters of the Lake Altaussee. Image by Jari


Spectre drehort
The scenic Ötztal Glacier Road, leading to Sölden, was used for scenery in the action chase sequence with an airplane. Located in a section of the Austrian Alps, this is considered the second highest paved road in Europe. Image by Roman Pfeiffer


Top Mountain Spectre Restaurant
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 Tourismus Sölden


Locations in England

MI6 headquarters
MI6 headquarters in Vauxhall (London), bombed-out in the previous 007 film Skyfall. The interior scenes were shot 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 courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and George Rex


Blenheim Palace Spectre reunion
Also in England, the exteriors of the Blenheim Palace in Woodstock (Oxfordshire), were doubling for the Palazzo Cadenza in Italy. Here is where the Spectre meeting takes place. The cars are leaving the grounds of the palace in the UK, but the chase scene continues more than a thousand miles away...
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sheila Sund


The Italian Job

Car chase in Rome
... along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome. The area of the Roman bridges set for the shoot was Ponte Sant'Angelo, Ponte Mazzini and Ponte Sisto (pictured).
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Filippo N


The 007 cars racing in the Vatican
Aston Martin DB10 vs Jaguar C-X75 racing in front of the Vatican, in Via della Conciliazione. The chase scene continues through the streets of the Eternal City, showing a section of the elevated passage known as Passetto di Borgo (below). Images courtesy of MGM


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


Funeral service sequence
Another location worthy of 007 is the rationalist architecture of the Museum of Roman Civilization, used for a funeral scene. This building is part of the impressive EUR district in Rome, that has been used as a location for hundreds of movies before. If you don't know yet this place, don't miss out the inspiring Square Colosseum.

Down to Morocco

Spectre Crater
The desert scenes and the crater were shot near an extinct volcano, called Gara Medouar near Erfoud. The movie also features the Oriental Desert Express train, a tourist scenic line that goes from Oujda to Bouarfa.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


Camera roll up
In Tanger, a set for a scene was built in Medina. Film crews were repainting and fixing the area for the purpose of the movie. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


Shoot in a square in Tanger
This pharmacy on the right was transformed into a coffee. Note the windows added digitally to the screenshot to the left. Images courtesy of Bernard Moutin (http://mes-dessins-perso.over-blog.fr)

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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:

Book cover The James Bond archives dvd

8 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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