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Movie locations around the world part 3

Welcome to part 3 of my quest for finding movie locations around the world! Left images are from the actual films and to the right are my visits to the spots.

You may also be interested in Part 1, Part 2, Part 4 and Part 5.

Featured movies: Game of Thrones, Da Vinci Code, Midnight in Paris, Into the Wild, From Russia with Love, Control, Contact, Back to the Future 3, Argo, Taken 2, Young Guns 2.

Game of Thrones (2012)

Game of Thrones scene Game of Thrones: Dubrovnik, Croatia

The left is Lord Baelish talking to Sansa Stark, shot in 2012. Right is the pier in 2014.

Game of Thrones scene Game of Thrones: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Same pier, different angle. Right: Me doing a Baelish stance.

Game of Thrones scene Game of Thrones: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Fort Lovrijenac is featured in a variety of disguises, sometimes as the Red Keep and sometimes not. Here is Tyrion and Varys planning the defense from Bokar Fort.

Game of Thrones scene Game of Thrones: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Daenerys visited the House of Undying in the town of Qarth. It was filmed at the base of Minceta Tower, highest point of the city walls in Dubrovnik.

Game of Thrones scene Game of Thrones: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Daenerys running around House of Undying in the town of Qarth.

For more Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik, have a look at the photos in Welcome to King’s Landing.

Da Vinci Code (2006)

Da Vinci Code scene Da Vinci Code: Paris, France.

Tom Hanks meeting up with Jean Reno at the Louvre Pyramid.

Da Vinci Code scene Da Vinci Code: Paris, France.

121 bronze Arago markers were once placed in the streets of Paris to mark the Paris meridian, but unfortunately many of them are gone today.

Da Vinci Code scene Da Vinci Code: Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland.

Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou arrive at the beautiful chapel. The locals were not too fond of the film crew invading their idyllic small town.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Midnight in Paris scene Midnight in Paris: Paris, France.

There are lots of great Paris views in this movie by Woody Allen. Here is Owen Wilson coming out from Shakespeare and Company. This particular bookstore is also the place where Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy met in Before Sunset, and it was featured in a Michael Palin travel episode.

Into the Wild (2007)

Into the Wild scene Into the Wild: Salvation Mountain, California.

The movie is a chronicle of the life of Christopher McCandless. During his travels in 1990 he arrived at the Salvation Mountain, a peculiar art installation by Leonard Knight. In this scene, the actors Emile Hirsch and Kristen Stewart walk across the grounds with Leonard himself.

From Russia with Love (1963)

From Russia with Love scene From Russia with Love: Maiden’s Tower, Istanbul.

Sean Connery travels across the Bosphorus by ferry with Üsküdar and Maiden’s Tower in the background. I did the same 50 years later, and noticed that a lot more buildings has been constructed since then!

Control (2007)

Control scene Control: Macclesfield, United Kingdom.

Anton Corbijn directed this black&white movie about the life of Ian Curtis. The lead singer of Joy Division ended his life on May 18, 1980. The address was 77 Barton Street, which is also the location of his home in the movie.

Control scene Control: Macclesfield, United Kingdom.

Ian Curtis was buried at the Macclesfield Cemetery, in reality as well as in the movie. His small tombstone is a bit difficult to find, but it has the inscription “Love will tear us apart”.

Contact (1997)

Contact scene Contact: VLA, New Mexico.

Several movies and music videos have been filmed at the VLA observatory, but the most iconic is arguably Contact. Here is Jodie Foster visiting one of the antennas. There is a small exhibition at the VLA with images from the film production.

Back to the Future 3 (1990)

Back to the Future 3 scene Back to the Future 3: Monument Valley, Arizona.

Marty McFly travels back in time to 1885, where he arrives in Monument Valley. He returns to that location later on in the movie, trying to accelerate the DeLorean by using horses.

Argo (2012)

Argo scene Argo: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul.

Ben Affleck has a meeting inside the Hagia Sophia, an impressive masterpiece of Byzantine architecture.

Taken 2 (2012)

Taken 2 scene Taken 2: Malibu Pier, California.

Liam Neeson meets up with his family at the Malibu Pier.

Young Guns 2 (1990)

Young Guns 2 scene Young Guns 2: White Sands, New Mexico.

Emilio Estevez meet up with a reporter in the cold desert of White Sands, a day ride from the territory where the real Billy the Kid was active.


  • avatar
    15 Apr, 2015

    Hela öppningscenen i 2010 utspelas på en av antennerna i VLA.

  • avatar
    15 Apr, 2015

    Tack för tipset, jag hade glömt av den klassikern!

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