Welcome to part 4 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: Star Wars Episode 2, Casino Royale, Sound of Music, In Bruges, Lola Rennt, Knight and Day, Entrapment.
Star Wars Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones (2002)
Since most environments in the prequel trilogy are computer rendered, I get extra happy when I manage to locate a real place! The beautiful Villa del Balbianello overlooking Lake Como in northern Italy is used as a lake retreat on Naboo. Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) marry on the terrace outside the villa, facing the lake.
Several other scenes are also shot at the villa, including Anakin meditating in the sunrise, before getting a “soothing presence” by Padmé.
Anakin and Padmé later arrives at “Naboo”, which just happens to be the vast Plaza de España in Seville.
They take a long detour just to show off the impressive columns, or simply for Anakin to have something more to whine about.
Casino Royale (2006)
The villa was also heavily featured in the James Bond movie Casino Royale from 2006, where Bond (Daniel Craig) recovers from his injuries…
…and confronts his former ally René Mathis…
…and even makes time for a kiss with Vesper Lynd (Eva Green). But hey, it’s Eva Green, so who wouldn’t make time for that.
Sound of Music (1965)
Salzburg is full of locations for this classic movie from 1965. This first location is the scene where Maria (Julie Andrews) is leaving the Nonnberg Abbey. This is an actual Benedictine monastery within walking distance from the city center.
Maria arrives at Residenzplatz and splashes water at the horse statue.
Maria and the children are walking along the Monchsberg terrace, with great views of the city.
Maria and the children are dancing at the entrance to Mirabell Gardens, easily identified by the statues.
Maria and the children are singing Do-Re-Mi at the famous steps in Mirabell Gardens.
The children are arriving at Nonnberg Abbey in search of Maria.
The von Trapp family are singing together at the Felsenreitschule. Exactly 50 years later I had the privilege of attending the anniversary gala where the original child actors sang together with the real von Trapp children at the same spot! Have a look at my blog entry from this special anniversary event for more pictures.
In Bruges (2008)
This movie is the ultimate poster boy for this cozy town. It all starts when Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) arrive at Rozenhoedkaai and stops to admire the buildings along the canal.
Ray is having a bad time at a bench on Groote Markt, before he verbally assaults random American tourists.
Their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) comes to Bruges to fix the situation. He arrives by crossing Minnewater Bridge, where this distinctive tower can be seen.
Lola Rennt (1998)
This German film from 1998, also known as Run Lola Run, makes poor Lola (Franka Potente) run all over Berlin. Here she is running along the covered bridge Oberbaumbrücke, a beautiful landmark crossing the river Spree.
Knight and Day (2010)
Salzburg in Austria serves as the backdrop for a large portion of the film Knight and Day from 2010. June Havens (Cameron Diaz) follows Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) along the narrow alleys Linzer Gasse and Platzl, until she runs down these stairs in the end.
Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur is a centerpiece of the movie. This is the skybridge between the towers, where MacDougal (Sean Connery) and Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) are trying to escape.
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- Movie locations around the world part 2
- Movie locations around the world part 3
- 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
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