Skyfall is the twenty-third opus of the James Bond series and the third starring Daniel Craig as the famous MI6 agent. This time James Bond is caught in the middle of a duel to the death between M (Judi Dench) and Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), a former agent left for dead seeking revenge.
Under the direction of Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition), the James Bond series take a dark turn with a refreshing realism that contrasts with some of the eccentric (and let’s say it, poor) previous episodes like Moonraker or, more recently, Tomorrow Never Dies.
In Skyfall James Bond’s adventures to save M and the MI6 take him through Turkey, England (of course!), China (Shanghai, Macau), Japan (Hashima island), and Scotland (Glencoe in the Highlands).
1. Chase Through Istanbul
Eminönü Square with Yeni Mosque & Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey
Skyfall starts with a chase in Istanbul in Turkey, the first of Skyfall filming locations. James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) are after Patrice, a mercenary carrying classified information about NATO undercover agents. The chase takes Bond through Eminönü Square (where you can see the Yeni Mosque also called New Mosque) and Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar (see a photo here).
2. Fight Scene Atop a Train
Varda Viaduct, Hacıkırı-Karaisalı, Adana Province, Turkey
The chase takes James Bond on top of a train in an uncomfortable position where his colleague from MI6, Eve Moneypenny, shoots him by mistake. Patrice escapes and James Bond is believed dead after falling in the water beneath Varda Viaduct.
3. Beach in Turkey
Koca Calis Beach, Fethiye, Turkey
Presumed death gives James Bond the opportunity to take a well-deserved holiday in Fethiye, still in Turkey, with a beautiful creature.
The bar on the beach where our secret agent plays a rather dangerous drinking game involving scorpions was built for the movie on Koca Calis Beach.
4. UK Governmment Buildings
Parliament Square, Whitehall & Trinity Square Gardens (London, United Kingdom)
M (Jud Dench) is driven in London through Parliament Square and Whitehall (near the Tower of London) to feel the heat from Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the Intelligence and Security Committee Chairman, for the failure of the operation in Turkey. The meeting takes place at 10 Trinity Square (Trinity Square Gardens).
5. SIS Building, London
Secret Intelligence Service, 85 Albert Embankment (London, United Kingdom)
6. Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
7. M’s House
82 Cadogan Square, London, United Kingdom
After the funeral ceremony, M returns to her house located at 82 Cadogan Square in London, between Knightsbridge and Sloane Square. There, she finds her best agent, James Bond who decided to come back from the dead after hearing about the attack on the MI6.
8. MI6 HQ Temporary Location
Smithfield Car Park & Old Vic Tunnels (Waterloo Station), London, United Kingdom
With the SIS building in Vauxhall destroyed, James Bond is taken to MI6 secret underground facility whose entrance is located at Smithfield Car Park. The Old Vic Tunnels (disused railway vaults below Waterloo Station) were used to represent the interior of the base.
9. National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom
10. Hotel Rooftop Pool, Shanghai
Virgin Active Classic Health Club – Canary Riverside, West Ferry Circus Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom
The bullet fragments found in James Bond’s body send him on the trail of a hitman in Shanghai, China. The rooftop swimming pool where James Bond takes a dive is actually the one of the Virgin Active Health Club located in Canary Wharf in London.
11. Pudong International Airport
Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, United Kingdom
12. Shanghai High-Rise
Broadgate Tower, 201 Bishopsgate, London, United Kingdom
Likewise, the high-rise building in Shanghai where James Bond sees a hitman entering is actually Broadgate Tower at 201 Bishopgate in London. If you go there, it’s easily recognizable by its triangle metal construction in front of the Primrose Street entrance.
13. Casino in Macau
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
14. Dead City Island, Japan
Hashima Island, Japan
15. Subway Chase
Charing Cross & Westminster Station, London, United Kingdom
Soon after subway trains crashed under another terrorist attack orchestrated by Silva. James Bond then realizes that the capture of Silva was a set-up and rushes out of the subway at Westminster Station heading to the Parliament to save M from Silva.
16. Aston Martin Hideaway
Arklow Road, London, United Kingdom
James Bond gets to the parliamentary hearing after Silva already started his attack but is still in time to save M. Together they escape using James Bond’s DB5 Aston Martin hidden in a garage in Arklow Road.
17. Glencoe, Highlands
Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom
James Bond and M head to Bond’s family mansion ‘Skyfall’ located in Glencoe in the Highlands to lure Raoul Silva out in the open. In the movie, you can see the beautiful peaks of Buachaille Etive Mor (photo) and Buachaille Etive Beag.
18. James Bond’s Skyfall
Hankley Common, Elstead, Surrey, United Kingdom
Sadly, ‘Skyfall’ is not an actual building – it was built just for the movie in Hankley Common in Surrey.
19. Final Scene, London
Department of Energy and Climate Change more, 3 Whitehall Place, London, United Kingdom
In case you haven’t seen the movie (which is unlikely if you are on this page, but still..) we will not reveal the aftermath of the battle between M and Raoul Silva with James Bond in the middle. Let’s just say that James Bond prevails (like always) and, for the last scene, stands on top of the building of the Department of Energy and Climate Change at 3 Whitehall Place in London.