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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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Is This The Most Popular Filming Location In The World? | Les Misérables
Les Misérables

Much of Tom Hooper's musical extravaganza was shot in a studio, but the best and most sweeping scenes were filmed in Greenwich. As part of the set, a gigantic elephant stood at the centre of the college for several weeks, much to the bemusement of passing tourists. That edifice actually came straight from Victor Hugo's book and represents a monumental elephant begun but abandoned in Napoleon's time, which in the novel is home to the urchin Gavroche. The huge barricades that marked the story's climactic riots were also placed here. Many were all of a piece and moved around on flatbed lorries, while the centre of the college was turned into something resembling a blasted battlefield as the film's stakes got higher, and for that final fantastical singalong.

Said Allchin of the shoot: "I’ll put in a good word for Russell Crowe, because he was on site for Les Misérables. He had a bit of a bad reputation, but he was pretty pleasant."

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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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