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St Michael and All Angels Wikipedia - St Michael and All Angels, Hughenden, Buckinghamshire Hughenden, Buckinghamshire. Also used in the opening scene of Johnny English (2003)

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Scene: The Café Royale
Location: The Café Royale, Regent Street, London, England

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Piccadilly Circus from Regent Street.

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Regent Street and the entrance to the Café Royale

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London: Piccadilly Circus, Cafe Royale
The site of the Café Royale to the left of the three arches in the building center frame. The camera stands on Piccadilly Circus.

 

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Scene: Late night at mews house.
Location: Albert Terrace Mews, Regents Park, London

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Albert Terrace Mews remains largely unchanged except some of the garages have been converted into houses.

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Battersea Power Station. It still exists but has been derelict for decades (2011).

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The chimneys of Battersea Power Station are frame left background.

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Westminster Bridge from Lambeth Bridge. On the right is St Thomas's Hospital.

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Lambeth Bridge

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Scene: Protagonist meets contact
Location: London, England. St Katherine's Dock, Pool of London, downriver from Tower Bridge and the City of London

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Note the Hays Wharf beyond Tower Bridge going upriver right up to London Bridge, which would be the limit of navigation for ships for the two thousand years that London Bridge existed. Tower Bridge, built in Victorian Times had to have spans which opened in order to allow ships to reach the wharves under the City of London, as they had done for millennia. Tower Bridge would open several times per hour while London was operating as a port which was up to the mid-Sixties. Containerisation invented by an American in 1960 destroyed the dock industry which moved goods using cranes and stevedores. Containerisation allowed for much larger ships, which required much deeper ports.

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Note that all the cranes are idle, there is no cargo on the dock and that there is only one ship at Butler's Wharf, on the south bank of the river.

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Observe how the crane mountings are extended out into the river in order to gain deeper water for the ships. Note that only one ship is visible and the rest of the vessels are barges.

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A one-hundred and eighty degree panorama from Tower Bridge in the west on the right of frame to down-river in the east, left of frame.

 

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Tower Bridge from the Pool of London. Looking up-river, west from the north bank at St Katherine's Dock. Both river banks below London Bridge, which is just visible behind Tower Bridge, were wharves, going all the way down river to the main docklands area. After 1960 with the invention of container freight eliminated loose freight in only a few years. Ships carrying containers became much larger and had to dock in purpose built deep-water ports. This wiped out London's stevedore driven docklands, the largest in the world, in only a few years. The whole area became derelict and the industrial wastelands were used as movie locations. Re-development began only in the late Eighties and continues to this day.

 

The Pool of London from St Katherine's Dock
Butler's Wharf, Hay's Wharf, Tower Bridge and the Pool of London from St Katherine's Dock. The actual location used in the movie was the frontage of the dock where the crane rails were which was where that large pair of piles with the X-shaped cross member is located at the end of the floating pier, at center frame.

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Butler's Wharf, Hay's Wharf, Tower Bridge and the Pool of London from St Katherine's Dock.

Tower Bridge with Shorts Sunderland moored close by
Looking toward the position of the camera on St Katherine's Wharf Wikipedia - St Katherine's Wharf from upriver between London Bridge and Tower Bridge.

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Shackleton's Wikipedia - Sir Ernest Shakleton ship returns to England.

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Tower Bridge from the South Bank of the River Thames. Looking at the camera position in the panoramas from the movie.

Tower Bridge from the air
In this aerial photograph c2004 you can see the redeveloped Pool of London. Downriver is to the bottom of the photograph. The location used to in the movie is on the two existing floating wharves on the right of the photograph.

 

 

 

 

Scene: Protagonist visits Berlin
Location: East Berlin, Friederichstrasse Station

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Anthony Mann and Mia Farrow on set.

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