Expand your U.K. IQ: Britain’s famous spy got some help from U.S. bases
James Bond movies are known to be set in exotic locales where beautiful ladies seem to magically appear from every corner.
But some scenes have been filmed on military bases, a few of them in the United Kingdom, according to information compiled by the U.S. Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office.
The 1983 Bond film “Octopussy” was partially filmed at RAF Lakenheath as well as RAFs Northholt, Oakley and Upper Heyford.
Roger Moore starred as the man of mystery in this Bond film, which was 13th in the 21-film series.
The Lakenheath base was employed again in 1997 for “Tomorrow Never Dies,” the second Bond film Pierce Brosnan did. Nearby RAF Mildenhall was used in this 18th Bond film as well.
In 2002, Brosnan played the role of Bond for the last time in “Die Another Day” that had parts of it filmed at RAFs Little Rissington, Manston and Odiham. This was the 20th Bond film and the highest-grossing one to date with worldwide earnings of more than $431 million.
However, when considering the rate of inflation over the years, the biggest Bond moneymaker was really “Thunderball” starring Sean Connery.
The 1965 film originally made about $141 million worldwide, which would have roughly calculated to more than $900 million in 2006, according to the Web site http://www.klast.net/bond/filmlist.html.
There is no evidence that any scenes from “Thunderball” or the latest Bond film “Casino Royale” were filmed at any U.K. military base. But Lakenheath airmen were allowed to appear as extras in “Casino Royale” while off duty.
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