‘Skyfall is where we start.’
In March 2012, Catching Bullets visited the set of Skyfall. Not far from Bullet HQ (and not anywhere near Scotland or Glen Coe), the elaborate build for the finale of Bond’s golden bullet was an impressive sight at Hankley Common, Surrey.
Not only was the Merlin chopper stretching its wings for multiple approach rehearsals, but the camera helicopter was hot on its tail as carpenters and set builders feverishly completed the chapel, Bond family gravestones lay around waiting to be positioned and a driveway of hundreds of wires and plastic cables trailed towards the house for its ultimate pyrotechnical demise – which was finally achieved late on a Sunday night to many locals confusion and later pride…