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Hollywood Comes to East Anglia

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When it comes to iconic film locations, we all think New York, Hong Kong and glamorous sets in Hollywood, but little do you know, that some of the most iconic films of the last century have all made the journey to East Anglia for their filming schedule.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

After travelling the world in search of ancient and priceless relics, action hero Lara Croft needed to relax somewhere. And where better than the beautiful Elveden Hall in Suffolk, which was used throughout as Lara Croft’s family home. Elveden Hall has been used extensively elsewhere in film, including Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and The Living Daylights.

Stardust

The 2007 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name saw the Briton’s Arms in Elm Hill, Norwich transformed into ‘The Slaughtered Prince’ for a number of scenes, with thatched awning and paintwork added to the structure (and removed after filming). The rest of Elm Hill was also used for a street scene.

Fast & Furious 6

In 2012, Hollywood came to RAF Bentwaters in Rendlesham, with scenes from Fast & Furious 6 being filmed on the airfield. Probably not the most exotic of locations for Vin Diesel and his crew, but an enjoyable film nonetheless.

James Bond

The 007 series has seen its fair share of action in East Anglia, with The Living Daylights, Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day all filming scenes in various parts of the East of England. With the series set to continue with the latest instalment, Spectre this year, we can probably expect to see the Mr Bond return to East Anglia in the future.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Before signing off in spectacular fashion, Harry Potter was sure to stop in East Anglia for one sequence in the penultimate film of the series. The scene in which Harry returns to his birthplace, Godric’s Hollow was in fact filmed in the sleepy town of Lavenham, with the Grade 1 listed De Vere House and the Guildhall used as the principal filming locations.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel’s most recent summer blockbuster saw the Avengers take a trip to the UEA in Norwich, filming at the Sainsbury’s Centre. Fans were thrilled at the sight of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor during the supposedly top secret filming schedule at their very own university campus, and will have been delighted by its cameo appearance at the end of the film.

Do you know any other blockbusters filmed in East Anglia? Let us know in the comments below.

14 May, 15

 

 

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