Fire-damaged studio being rebuilt
Work has begun on rebuilding the Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios, just outside London, which was ravaged by fire in July.Local government authorities have given planning permission for the rebuild, which will see the James Bond stage back open for biz early next year. The summer blaze was so destructive that a full rebuild at the Buckinghamshire studio is being undertaken. The costs will be covered by insurance. The replacement stage will be the same size but Pinewood says modern building techniques mean there will be more usable space. The stage — which Pinewood brass describe as the studios’ “talismanic asset” — was built in 1977 and was previously damaged by fire in 1984. Bond pic “Casino Royale” was unaffected by the blaze as it had already wrapped the Pinewood stint of its shoot. The Daniel Craig-starrer opens Nov. 17 in the U.K.