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Skyfall Production Video Blog Arrives
On designing 007's surroundings

04 May 2012  |  Written by Ali Plumb  

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Despite what many film fans like to believe, movies don't just happen, no matter how slick the finished product looks. Just ask Skyfall's production designer Dennis Gassner here. 


Pulling back the curtain on how MI6's new offices and certain Shanghai sets were made, this new production video blog shows the inner workings of Pinewood's 007 Soundstage, explaining the delicate transfer of notebook-bound ideas to workable real-life set.

In other words, it's more along the lines of the previous location hunting video blog rather than Berenice and Naomie blasting bullets or attending press conferences, but no less fascinating just because it doesn't happen to have a beautiful woman in it. 

Frankly, it's great that the EON crew are willing to show us just how the magic happens, as it's happening - and for that, we're certainly grateful.

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Gassner's unquestionably a very talented production designer, but I wasn't by his work for QoS. I understand that film's production was a particularly troubled one, but I never really understood using the Barbican as a location for a Bond (as imposing as it is, but gritty brutalism in the world of Astons and Martinis?). Moreover, I really couldn't stand MI6's vodka lounge HQ. Is there anyone else here who thinks Guy Dyas would actually be perfect for this job? More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 09:27 on 07 May 2012 | Report This Post

A very good successor to Peter Lamont and the governor, Sir Ken Adam; all the films have a certain look, and he wisely continues that. More

Posted by Frank Comiskey at 14:23 on 05 May 2012 | Report This Post

I'm sure this was very informative...
...but I couldn't stop looking at his beret. More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 at 23:23 on 04 May 2012 | Report This Post

If nothing this film will be visually stunning, I'm hoping the script and the set pieces are as good and we could have ourselves not just one hell of a Bond film but one of hell film full stop. This is very rapidly becoming my most anticipated film of 2012, TDKR is only a nose in front now. More

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