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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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Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The first indication that Pirates might be filming at Greenwich was small unit production signs marked "P4" strung on lampposts on the roads around town, the better to guide crew members to the location (although we wonder if there are any British crew members who have yet to work there). Then there was the man in full Captain Jack uniform standing by the railings one morning as one Empire staffer went jogging, and the adorable stories about Depp visiting local schoolkids.

In the film itself, you get your best look at the Old Royal Naval College during the opening carriage chase, which saw Johnny Depp (and at one point Judi Dench) drive in circles around the square, occasionally going round the same corner twice or reversing direction to extend the road available. When Depp is dragged by guards through a huge hall with an impressive ceiling to see the King, that's the famous Painted Hall, which is also in Greenwich and which is not a royal palace (nor was that hall originally).

"They were here for well over a month," says Allchin. "It was huge - probably the biggest film we’ve had. Pirates took over the whole site; they even took over the car park. They bought another space further down in Greenwich for people to park their cars, then bused all the people in the morning and evening back and forwards to their cars."

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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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