Saturday, March 10, 2012 Craig Grobler 3 Comments

BOND 23 SKYFALL Filming on Hankley Common, Surrey
BOND 23 SKYFALL Filming on Hankley Common, Surrey

By now everyone know that Skyfall has constructed a large building on MOD land on Hankley Common near Elstead in Surrey. The structure is rumoured to be a Monastery and that today helicopters were seen buzzing the area.

Well fortunately The Establishing Shot’s Surrey Field Agent Tim Page was quick on his feet and was able to do a thorough reconnaissance of the Skyfall location. Tim also got some cracking pictures and video (further below) of the on set action. Tim's photos show a Skyfall helicopter possibly commandeered by Captain Marc Wolff filming a military helicopter with some strange emblems above the Manor House/Monastery.

This afternoon they were rehearsing a helicopter sequence. There was a large military chopper which circled the manor house with a second helicopter with a camera on the front practising some shots, there was also some gunfire.

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The place was quite busy with lots of security and Skyfall crew. I managed to chat with one of the locals who told me in confidence when filming will take place. There was also talk of the Aston Martin DB5 arriving at some point, to coincide with Bond arriving at the Manor. Ben Collins aka The Stig may be driving.

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There are now 3 sets - the Manor house which looks like its almost finished, a chapel which was only a shell last weekend, and a stone entrance gateway to the Manor.

The Animals - Boom boom

Boom boom boom boom
Gonna shoot you right down
Take you in my arms
I'm in love with you
Love that is true
Boom boom boom boom
I like the way you walk
I like the way you talk
When you walk that walk
and you talk that talk
You knock me out
Right off of my feet

C'mon and shake,
Shake it baby
Shake it up baby
Shake it baby
C'mon now baby
Shake it baby
I don't mean maybe
Shake it baby
You're driving me crazy
Shake it baby
C'mon, c'mon
Shake it baby
All right, all right
The way you walk
The way you talk
When you walkin' that walk
And talkin' that talk
You knock me out
Right off of my feet
I need you right now
I mean right now
I don't mean tomorrow
I mean right now
C'mon, c'mon
C'mon shake it up baby
Boom boom boom boom

What is that insignia on the helicopter?

There was also some speculation that tons of fuel and explosives had been delivered – which seems to be true as we could see huge fuel tanks in the base camp. There was also a load of Land Rover parked up in the base.

Video: Helicopter flying over James Bond 007 Skyfall set in Surrey

It is rumoured that Skyfall paid the MOD £100,00 for use of the location.

SKYFALL opens at cinemas across the UK on 26th October 2012

SKYFALL, from Albert R Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007.
Joining Daniel Craig the cast includes Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Berenice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw with Albert Finney and Judi Dench as M. The screenplay is written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. SKYFALL will begin its worldwide roll-out later this year in the UK and Ireland on October 26th and in North America on November 9th.

Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Director: Sam Mendes
Writers: Ian Fleming, John Logan, Patrick Marber, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Stars: Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory and Javier Bardem

Official Website: https://www.007.com
Twitter: @007
Facebook: @JamesBond007
Instagram: @007
YouTube: James Bond 007



  1. What great shots! Try and be there for the explosions! Fantastic work - and many thanks for posting them.

  2. This is no monastery this is Bonds family home "Skyfall House". There is also a mini chapel at the top of the hill with all the graves from the Bond family.. They film on Tuesday 13th with the helicopter shooting and blowing the c**p out of the house then crashing into the side wall.

  3. What great shots! Try and be there for the explosions! Fantastic work - and many thanks for posting them.