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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? | Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

In the first Sherlock Holmes film, Greenwich played a few different exteriors of Victorian London, notably the exterior of the Grand Hotel, where Downey Jr.'s Sherlock has his bondage-heavy but sex-light encounter with Rachel McAdams' Irene Adler, and where we see the Professor's carriage and the outside of Parliament when crowds are rioting around it. This is not the first or last time that Greenwich has played Parliament (see also, er, Amanda Bynes comedy What A Girl Wants), despite the fact that the two buildings could hardly have less similar architecture.

In Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows it was also pressed into use as the exterior of an auction house during pick-ups just three months before release. Of course, in the meantime Downey Jr. had gone from moderately-famous and much-loved acting talent to full-on phenomenon. Says Allchin: "We had Robert Downey Jr. with Sherlock Holmes, and when he came the first time he was dressed up in his gear and he was unrecognisable. He walked from one spot to another throughout the day and nobody recognised him. He’s quite nice."

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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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