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.
Featured: 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, 2014, 2016)
During second season and onwards of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik was used as King’s Landing in a lot of scenes. Some of the landmarks are easy to find. This pier is just below Fort Lovrijenac outside the city walls. The left image is Lord Baelish talking to Sansa Stark, shot in 2012. Right is the pier in 2014.
Same pier, different angle. Right image is me doing a Baelish stance.
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 the ramparts of Bokar Fort. The ramparts can be walked along for a great view of the sea and city rooftops.
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.
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 my post Welcome to King’s Landing.
Season five of Game of Thrones moves some of the action to Seville in southwest Spain. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) is facing off against the Sand Snakes inside the “Dorne Water Gardens”, which is actually the impressive gardens of the Alcázar of Seville.
Meanwhile, Nell Tiger (Myrcella Baratheon) is taking it far more easy near the fountain.
The Spanish town Girona is featured a lot in the sixth season of Game of Thrones. Near the backside of the cathedral, there is a small street that was featured in several scenes. Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) is begging on the streets of Braavos…
…when she is attacked by the waif (Faye Marsay). The crew hung nets above the street, maybe to obscure the obvious view of the cathedral in the background.
Arya Stark is attacked once more, and during the escape she tumbles down large stairs occupied by grocery dealers. This is actually the stairs of Sant Marti Sacosta church. There are glimpses of several more landmarks during her escape, such as the columned Arab Baths and the bridge near Plaça dels Jurats.
Poor Arya is limping down the steep alley of Carrer de Sant Llorenç. Rough times for our favorite assassin.
Apart from the town of Braavos, Girona was also used for scenes in King’s Landing. The imposing Cathedral featured as a stand-in for the Great Sept of Baelor…
…where Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) galloped up the stairs to have a showdown with Jonathan Pryce (High Sparrow).
This old Benedictine abbey from 992 was used in a scene where John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) and Gilly (Hannah Murray) arrive at the Citadel of Oldtown. Next to the church is the square Plaça dels Jurats, where Arya watch the play about the Lannister family, as well as the bridge where Arya is stabbed by the waif.
Da Vinci Code (2006)
Da Vinci Code from 2006 is based on the bestselling book by Dan Brown, featuring a lot of familiar locations. It all starts with Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) meeting up with Jean Reno at the Louvre Pyramid in central paris.
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.
Paul Bettany (Silas) visits Saint-Sulpice, which is the largest church in Paris. He starts to follow the “rose line” to find his prize, but even though there is an actual white marking across the floor, it is actually another meridian.
Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) arrive at the beautiful Rosslyn Chapel, south of Edinburgh. On my visit I was told by the locals that they were not too fond of the film crew invading their idyllic small town.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
There are lots of great Paris views in this movie by Woody Allen. Here is Gil (Owen Wilson) coming out from Shakespeare and Company. This particular bookstore is also the place where Jesse Wallace (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) met in Before Sunset (2004), and it was featured in a Michael Palin travel episode.
Into the Wild (2007)
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 located near Salton Sea in California. In this scene, the actors Emile Hirsch and Kristen Stewart walk across the grounds with Leonard himself.
From Russia with Love (1963)
The second Bond movie From Russia with Love has a lot of scenes in Istanbul. James Bond (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!
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.
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”.
Several movies and music videos have been filmed at the VLA observatory in New Mexico, but the most iconic is arguably Contact. Here is Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) visiting one of the antennas. There is a small exhibition at the VLA with images from the film production.
Washington Monument features as a romantic backdrop to Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) and Palmer Joss (Matthew McConaughey) as they discuss science versus religion on a walk.
Back to the Future 3 (1990)
The third part of the trilogy sees Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly) traves 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 has a few scenes in Istanbul. Here Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) is having a meeting inside the Hagia Sophia, an impressive masterpiece of Byzantine architecture.
Taken 2 (2012)
In a short scene, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) meets up with his family at the Malibu Pier for a rare chilling time.
Young Guns 2 (1990)
During the first scenes, Billy the Kid (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.
- Movie locations around the world
- Movie locations around the world part 2
- Movie locations around the world part 4
- Movie locations around the world part 5
- Movie locations around the world part 6
- Movie locations around the world part 7
- Movie locations around the world part 8
- Looking for Westeros in Girona
- Welcome to King’s Landing
- Marseille 40 years later
- The magic of green screen
- Visual misconceptions in movies