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Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in mov... - 2/11/2013 3:37:24 PM   
Cool Breeze


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Its occured to me lately that London seems to be the go to area for terrorist attacks in amercian ( and british ) movies and tv shows.

Look at the evidence..

Skyfall ....Raoul Silva attacks MI6 and causes havoc on the London underground.

Fast And Furious 6...Owen Shaw and his gang cause terror and destruction all over London.

GI: JOE : Retaliation...London is OBLITERATED off the face of the earth by Cobras weapons satellite! ( Its ok though because its all forgotten about by the time the Joes are being awarded medals for saving the usa at the end )

I havnt seen Thor: The Dark World yet but from the looks of the trailer, some part of London comes under attack there as well!

On top of all that its strongly rumoured that 24s return to televison next year has Jack Bauer battling terrorists in London, and just this week it was confirmed that Olympus Has Fallen is getting a sequel entitled...yep you guessed it, LONDON has Fallen!

Is this just all coincidence or is there any particular reason London is the setting for destruction in movies and tv shows at the moment?

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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 2/11/2013 7:39:20 PM   
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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 2/11/2013 7:43:14 PM   
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Recognisable, but different.

Tax breaks.

Didn't it start several years ago though? Rise of the Silver Surfer was mid noughties sometime I think.

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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 2/11/2013 8:43:46 PM   
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IMO, it's because, despite an awful terrorist attack a few years back, we're not going to get all upset about it and accept it as a silly scene in a big dumb movie...

Sorry if that sounds flippant, I mean absolutely no disrespect to those affected by terrorism... but London is one of the most recognisable cities in the world and showing those landmarks being destroyed holds more 'shock' value than, say, cities in Germany or Spain that the average US cinemagoer (whom, lets face it, are the big money market) possibly wouldn't be familiar with.  And, let's face it, we've been the butt of one joke or other for a long time...



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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 2/11/2013 9:03:38 PM   
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How many more times can New York be destroyed?!

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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 2/11/2013 11:41:50 PM   
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Capital cities are always getting smashed, I guess it's just one of those things and London is just recurring lately.

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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 3/11/2013 12:48:31 AM   
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I think after the 2012 and the whole "Royal" shenanigans (diamond jubilee, baby, etc) Hollywood just wants to take you all down a peg or two

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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 3/11/2013 1:06:57 AM   
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I think the simple answer is: Everyone hates cockneys.

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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 3/11/2013 4:28:28 AM   
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ORIGINAL: elab49

Recognisable, but different.

Tax breaks.

Didn't it start several years ago though? Rise of the Silver Surfer was mid noughties sometime I think.


Hasn't it always been a popular choice even from way back?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_in_film



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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 3/11/2013 8:23:52 PM   
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If LONDON HAS FALLEN happens, can I please ask / beg that Helen Mirren reprises her role as The Queen one more time, preferably with massive weaponry, even more hardcore than she was in RED...

'So, The Smiths said The Queen Is Dead? THIS Queen ain't dying anytime soon, motherfuckers!'

Cue bullet-blasting mayhem and gallons of blood...


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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 3/11/2013 8:35:05 PM   
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I suppose seeing Swindon or Coventry get totalled just wouldn't have the same impact.

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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 4/11/2013 9:45:11 AM   
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I think a city that elected Ken Livingstone AND Boris Johnson pretty much deserves everything it gets.

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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 4/11/2013 10:02:58 AM   
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ORIGINAL: horribleives

I think the simple answer is: Everyone hates cockneys.


I was thinking along the same lines. Whilst most of the world and Londoners are shocked, the rest of the country is cheering
It would be nice to see France or Wales totalled now and again though.

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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 5/11/2013 1:13:52 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: jonson


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ORIGINAL: horribleives

I think the simple answer is: Everyone hates cockneys.


I was thinking along the same lines. Whilst most of the world and Londoners are shocked, the rest of the country is cheering
It would be nice to see France or Wales totalled now and again though.


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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 5/11/2013 1:24:00 PM   
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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 5/11/2013 1:30:19 PM   
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ORIGINAL: elab49


Didn't it start several years ago though? Rise of the Silver Surfer was mid noughties sometime I think.


Yep. It was one of Parker & the film council's big policy pushes around that time. It was also one of the few things the tories decided to keep in place after Jeremy CU next Tuesday opted to abolish them.


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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 5/11/2013 9:59:34 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Cool Breeze

Its occured to me lately that London seems to be the go to area for terrorist attacks in amercian ( and british ) movies and tv shows.

Look at the evidence..

Skyfall ....Raoul Silva attacks MI6 and causes havoc on the London underground.

Fast And Furious 6...Owen Shaw and his gang cause terror and destruction all over London.

GI: JOE : Retaliation...London is OBLITERATED off the face of the earth by Cobras weapons satellite! ( Its ok though because its all forgotten about by the time the Joes are being awarded medals for saving the usa at the end )

I havnt seen Thor: The Dark World yet but from the looks of the trailer, some part of London comes under attack there as well!

On top of all that its strongly rumoured that 24s return to televison next year has Jack Bauer battling terrorists in London, and just this week it was confirmed that Olympus Has Fallen is getting a sequel entitled...yep you guessed it, LONDON has Fallen!

Is this just all coincidence or is there any particular reason London is the setting for destruction in movies and tv shows at the moment?


Star Trek Into Darkness also features a terrorist attack on London!

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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 10/11/2013 1:26:40 AM   
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Just saw Thor: The Dark World.

Add another attack on London to the list.

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RE: Why is London all of a sudden a terrorist target in... - 27/11/2013 6:55:43 PM   
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