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The 007 stage at Pinewood Studios in March 2006, before the July fire and rebuilding

The Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage is one of the largest sound stages in the world. It is located at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, and named after James Bond film producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli.

The stage was originally conceived in 1976 by production designer Ken Adam to house the set he had designed for the interior of the Liparus supertanker in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The stage's construction cost $1.8 million.[1] The stage was christened the "007 Stage" on 5 December 1976 during a ceremony attended by former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. In contrast to the volcano crater set Adam had built for You Only Live Twice in 1966, the 007 Stage was to be a permanent structure that could be rented out to other productions.

The 1976 stage measured 102 m by 41 m (334 ft by 136 ft) and was 12.5 m (40 ft 6 in) high. It had a maximum 4,220 m2 (45,424 sq ft) floor space. The stage featured a tank measuring 91 m by 22.5 m by 2.7 m (297 ft by 73 ft by 8 ft 10 in). According to 007stage.com, the water tank was an existing studio feature and the stage was created by constructing a building to completely enclose the tank. Technically, because it had no soundproofing, it was a "silent stage", the largest ever built.

The 007 Stage burnt to the ground on 27 June 1984[2] towards the end of filming of Ridley Scott's Legend.[3] It was rebuilt, and reopened in January 1985,[4] with the new name, "Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage", in time for filming to commence on A View to a Kill (1985).

Another fire occurred on 30 July 2006.[4] The fire occurred just after production ended on the Bond film Casino Royale while the Venetian piazza set was being dismantled. Eight fire engines took 90 minutes to bring the fire under control; a spokesman for the local fire brigade said gas canisters may have exploded inside the building. Filming had been completed on the stage several days before and it was being dismantled, so it did not delay production or release of the film.[4] The damage to the building was extensive, causing the roof of the building to collapse.[5] On 31 July 2006, Pinewood issued a statement indicating that the stage "will need to be demolished and rebuilt" and that there had been no casualties in the incident.[5] The fire-damaged stage was demolished on 13–14 September. Construction on the new stage began on 18 September and was completed in under six months.[6] The new stage was redesigned and included a number of new features including an increased working floor space area, enclosed stairwells to the gantry, a vehicle ramp into the tank, aircraft hangar-style loading doors, increased electrical power and better insulation. The new stage is 374 ft long, 158 ft wide, and 41–50 ft high (114 × 48 × 12–15 m). The stage is the biggest in Europe at around 59,000 sq ft (5,500 m2).

An explosion shot in the sound stage on 4 June 2019 caused extensive damage to the external wall of the stage.[7]

Filmed in the 007 stageEdit

Contrary to some sources (including IMDb), The Living Daylights did not film on the 007 Stage except for a music video by A-ha.[39] Reports that parts of Supergirl were filmed on the 007 stage are not true.[40] The Sulaco cargo bay set for Aliens was built on D stage.[41]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Frayling, Christopher (2005). Ken Adam and the Art of Production Design. London/New York City: Macmillan Publishers. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-571-22057-1.
  2. ^ News provider ITN's reference to footage of fire on 27 June 1984. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. ^ Interview with Ridley Scott, Starlog No. 101, December 1985.
  4. ^ a b c "Fire wrecks James Bond film stage". BBC News. 30 July 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Bond film stage 'will be rebuilt'". BBC News. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2006.
  6. ^ "007 Stage construction completed". Pinewood Studios. Retrieved 10 April 2007.
  7. ^ "'Explosion' on Bond set injures one". 5 June 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ "The Making of Superman the Movie" by David Michael Petrou. Scenes inside the Fortress of Solitude were filmed on the H stage at Shepperton Studios
  9. ^ "SUPERMAN II (1980) - Set of Four Building Construction Blueprints". iCollector.com Online Auctions.
  10. ^ Cinefex 6, p.37
  11. ^ Interview with John Richardson Cinefex 33, Feb 1988
  12. ^ "The James Bond 007 Dossier | On the set of Octopussy".
  13. ^ Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg and Us by Mark O'Connell
  14. ^ "Little Shop of Horrors". Brian Muir Vader Sculptor.
  15. ^ "Pinewood: The Story of an Iconic Studio" by Bob McCabe; Cinefex 41, p.11 "the bat cave... was built on the largest stage at Pinewood;" one source says the Batcave was built on D stage at Pinewood, a stage a third of the size of 007 Stage
  16. ^ Lee, Linda (20 January 1997). "My Kingdom for a Sound Stage" – via NYTimes.com.
  17. ^ "Donny's 'Dreamcoat' hits the video shelves". DeseretNews.com. 31 March 2000.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h "007 Stage (PW) Pinewood Studios | United Kingdom studio sound stage", Pinewood Shepperton plc. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  19. ^ "Intel Ultrabook: Egypt" – via www.imdb.com.
  20. ^ "JOHN EBDEN » Intel – Egypt / Rattling Stick / Dir Danny Kleinman".
  21. ^ Prometheus: The Art of the Film by Mark Salisbury ISBN 9781781161098
  22. ^ "Prometheus: rebuilding hallowed vfx space". 13 June 2012.
  23. ^ Bond By Design: The Art of the James Bond Films ISBN 9780241185995
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  25. ^ "Credits | Pinewood - Film studio facilities & services", Pinewood Shepperton plc. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  26. ^ "Credits | Pinewood - Film studio facilities & services", Pinewood Shepperton plc. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  27. ^ "'Cinderella': Behind the Magic With Oscar-Winning Production Designer Dante Ferretti". The Hollywood Reporter.
  28. ^ "the studiotour.com - Everest (2015)". www.thestudiotour.com.
  29. ^ http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/s/Spectre.html#.Vnhh4vmLTIU
  30. ^ New Zealand Herald, Craig on Bond: He's got 'serious f***ing problems', Saturday, 17 October 2015 http://m.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11529164
  31. ^ Blood, Sweat, and Bond: Behind the Scenes of Spectre ISBN 9780241207147
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 May 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  33. ^ Chitwood, Adam (12 May 2016). "'Assassin's Creed': 35 Things to Know about the Ambitious Video Game Adaptation".
  34. ^ "Star Wars: Episode VIII's Fear & Loathing in Space Vegas!". 23 March 2016.
  35. ^ The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak and James Clyne
  36. ^ "Bradford Young ASC / Solo: A Star Wars Story". 12 June 2018.
  37. ^ Simpson, George (6 June 2019). "James Bond 25 set EXPLOSION sees more DELAYS amid Government Health & Safety investigation". Express.co.uk.
  38. ^ "Explosion on Bond 25 set injures crew member". 5 June 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  39. ^ "The Making of the Living Daylights" by Charles Helfenstein
  40. ^ "Interview with SUPERGIRL Producer Ilya Salkind – Supergirl: Maid of Might".
  41. ^ Cinefex 27, p.12

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