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Is This The Most Popular Filming Location In The World?
Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College is taking over Hollywood

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As you watched Thor: The Dark World, one location may have looked familiar. Without giving away spoilers, the film prominently features the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, in south-east London, a World Heritage Site and general place of interest. For movie fans, it's more important as a location for approximately every big release shot in the UK recently, a site that can lay claim to over $4bn at the box office and a share of at least two Oscars.

Here are a few of the best films to shoot there, and some words from estate operations manager Ian Allchin on what it was like to work with the stars...

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Is This The Most Popular Filming Location In The World? | The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises

Remember that little dream that Alfred (Michael Caine) has in The Dark Knight Rises? The one about going to Florence and seeing Bruce Wayne in his favourite little cafe? Well, it looks like Christopher Nolan's not one to swan off to Italy just to shoot a quick wish / wish-fulfilment scene, even if that would have given him the chance to get some gelato and visit the Uffizi. Instead, the budget-conscious director just took over a corner in Greenwich, installed a few tables and a snooty waiter, and bob's your uncle. Or Florence is your aunt, anyway.

"We were in a café scene outside," says Greenwich's Ian Allchin, "and that was in the colonnades. Michael Caine and Christian Bale were on site. But they were only here for a day and filmed for half a day. "

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1 And now The Muppets...
Greenwich ORNC posing as Berlin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV5x6QMuYjg More

Posted by londonnut on Wednesday November 20, 2013, 17:53

2 I think I've got that beat, I think I've got that beat.
The one and only Vasquez Rocks. A stone's throw away from Hollywood and more than budget friendly for Bill & Ted, Ash, Jim Kirk etc. http://scifanatic.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-co ntent/uploads/vasquez.jpg More

Posted by Mark Daws on Monday November 11, 2013, 19:05

3 RE: Patriot Games
Hi James, That clip you link to visibly shows the Old Royal Naval College at 11seconds in! And those are both among the films listed on the last page of the feature. More

Posted by Helen OHara on Thursday November 7, 2013, 10:41

4 Bruce and Selina - not a dream!
Alfred actually went there, and actually saw them. He did! He did he did he did! Please? More

Posted by BondVsPredator on Thursday November 7, 2013, 10:28

5 Patriot Games
Opening was shot there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnhDO1G0ieY As was the Rowan Atkinson wedding in Four Weddings and a Funeral. More

Posted by jamesbranch on Thursday November 7, 2013, 10:18

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