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  30 June 2019
BOND 25 Filming: Daniel Craig and the Aston Martin V8 in Whitehall

007 star Daniel Craig, director Cary Fukunaga and the BOND 25 crew were out and about in the sunshine today shooting across a number of central London locations, including Whitehall, where Daniel filmed a scene with a classic Aston Martin V8, first seen in The Living Daylights (1987).

Daniel Craig as James Bond 007 in BOND 25 (2020)
DRESSED TO KILL: Daniel Craig as James Bond 007 in Whitehall with the Aston Martin V8 last seen in The Living Daylights (1987).
Filming in Whitehall with the Aston Martin V8

Filming took place in and around Whitehall which is now presumably the new location of MI6 headquarters following the destruction of the Vauxhall building in Skyfall (2012). Background shots of the Household Cavalry who are garrisoned at Hyde Park Barracks (Knightsbridge Barracks) were also filmed. Daniel Craig posed with members of the Household Cavalry between takes.

BOND 25 filming in London

The filming of BOND 25 continues to be beset with problems. From Daniel Craig's ankle injury, and an accident at Pinewood Studios which caused damage to the exterior of the ‘007 Stage’; now comes the news that Grace Jones, whose character May Day died at the end of A View To A Kill (1985) allegedly walked off the BOND 25 set moments after arriving to film a cameo scene with Daniel Craig. The proposed appearance of Grace Jones and the inclusion of the Aston Martin V8 from The Living Daylights (1987) are links to Bond's cinematic heritage, and yet more ‘in-jokes’ that are becoming increasingly more frequent in the Daniel Craig films which successfully re-booted James Bond's time-line in Casino Royale (2006).

Grace Jones as May Day in A View To A Kill (1985)/Timothy Dalton as James Bond 007 in The Living Daylights (1987)

ABOVE: Nods to the Past – (top left) Grace Jones, whose character May Day dies at the end of A View To A Kill (1985), reportedly walked off the BOND 25 set this week where she was due to film a cameo scene with Daniel Craig. (top right) Timothy Dalton poses with the Aston Martin V8 in Vienna. James Bond and Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo) escape from Austria in the Aston Martin before 007 destroys the car (bottom left) after a chase through the Austrian Alps in The Living Daylights (1987). The car was last seen abandoned in the snow (bottom right) before exploding as Bond and Kara cross the border in a cello case!


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