Bond zeroes in on Pinewood

Studio confirmed as HQ for next 007 pic

LONDON — In a boost for Pinewood Studios and the British film industry, Eon Prods. has confirmed that the next James Bond movie will return to its Pinewood home (Daily Variety, July 16).

The last Bond film, “Casino Royale,” was based at Barrandov Studios in the Czech Republic, although it did shoot at Pinewood for about six weeks.

But the untitled 22nd Bond pic, again starring Daniel Craig and to be directed by Marc Forster, will set up its production offices at Pinewood, where the fran-chise was traditionally based.

The link between Bond and Pinewood is underlined by the fact that the studio’s flagship soundstage is named after the secret agent. The 007 Stage is the largest soundstage in Europe.

Forster shot “Finding Neverland” at Pinewood and its sister studio Shepperton.

Eon didn’t comment on its reasons for switching back to Blighty. However, the move looks like a vote of confidence in the U.K.’s new production tax credit, which came into force this year after a period of uncertainty and transition.

“Casino Royale” benefited from the old Section 42 tax breaks, which could be applied to U.K. qualifying movies shooting anywhere in the world. But the new system is based entirely on U.K. expenditure.

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