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Spectre: the breathtaking backdrops to the latest James Bond film


October 26, 2015
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James Bond films are not just about 007 sipping martinis, getting into car chases and indulging in dalliances with beautiful women. The dramatic, sweeping shots of iconic scenery and far-flung destinations are also a trademark of the hugely popular film franchise. We take a look at the jaw-dropping backdrops you can expect to see in Spectre, when a suited and booted Daniel Craig hits the screen as Bond at the world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on 26 October...

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OBERTILLIACH, AUSTRIAThe snow-capped ski slopes of south Austria's Obertilliach - situated between the Lienz Dolomites and the Carnic Alps- top off 007's winter action scenes. The breathtaking area, which borders with Italy, is already famous for skiing

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LAKE ALTAUSSEER, AUSTRIANear the picturesque spa town of Altaussee in the Austrian Alps lies the beautiful Lake Altaussee. With mountains toweing over it, reaching up to 5,700 feet, this makes for the perfect dramatic backdrop for Spectre.

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ROME, ITALYA high-speed car chase sees cars racing down the Rome's famous Corso Vittorio Emanuele II thoroughfare, as one crashes into the Tiber River and another is crushed by the Vatican.

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The Vatican makes an appearance in Spectre.

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BLENHEIM PALACE, OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLANDWhen cranes and Aston Martins were seen at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire in February, locals were hopeful that 007 was coming to town. And they were right. The iconic stately home, which is the primary residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, served as one of the film's locations.

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OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLANDBlenheim Palace has previously featured in several films, including Gulliver's Travels and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICODaniel Craig and co. also headed to Mexico's capital, where they were busy filming the film's heart-pumping opening chase sequence over a 10-day shoot. Get ready for some spooky action, as 007 dons fancy dress while on a mission in Mexico City during The Day of the Dead...

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MEXICO CITYAerial shots of Mexico City's Zocalo can be expected with nail-biting helicopter scenes that involved 1,500 extras.

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LONDON, ENGLANDLots of filming for the latest highly anticipated Bond film took place in the British capital, so expect to see plenty of London's stunning skyline in action-packed scenes, including an epic boat chase on the River Thames and shots of Big Ben, Southbank, Notting Hill, Camden and Covent Garden.

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TANGIER, MOROCCOSeveral of Morocco's mystical locations were chosen for Spectre and the port town of Tangier was one, as the last leg of the movie sees Britain's premier MI6 agent finding himself facing heat, sun, and a fair amount of desert dust in Tangier's old Medina and the Kasbah.Erfoud, located in Morocco's Sahara, was also visited by the film crew. Erfoud is no stranger to film crews; Prince of Persia and The Mummy were both shot in the area.

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PINEWOOD STUDIESWhen not filming on location, plenty of scenes are shot in Pinewood Studios.The 24th Bond film, Spectre, is out this November, and stars Daniel Craig as Bond, Ralph Fiennes as the new M, Bond girls Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, and Christoph Waltz as the head of the Spectre organisation.