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Lights, camera, action: Homes for sale in famous movie locations

Great films rely on the perfect location to bring the fantasy to life. Perfect properties can make a happy ending, too.

As we jostle to be the first to see the new Bond offering, Spectre, we find other blockbusters and where they were filmed. Here are ten properties that deserve top billing, in areas that have caught a movie director’s eye.

 

1. Spectre

Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 £8.5m

In Spectre, James will appear on the balcony of his apartment, looking down into the street. The balcony used was on a flat in Stanley Crescent, Notting Hill. The other half of the full circle is Lansdowne Crescent, where this spectacular penthouse flat is for sale. It runs the length of two buildings and has Bond’s name all over it. The décor is masculine, the security is impressive and the views are far-reaching.

 

Call Winkworth’s Notting Hill office on 020 7727 3227 www.winkworth.co.uk/notting-hill

 

2. A View to a Kill


Avenue du President Wilson, 16eme, Paris £3.2m (€3.9m)

The Avenue d’Iena is a tree-lined boulevard mentioned by Ian Fleming in his novel, Thunderball. In the next street, this opulent apartment has views to the Eiffel Tower, which appears in the 1985 movie A View to a Kill. It has three en-suite bedrooms and would rent out for €9,000 a month if you prefer to travel the world seeking more exotic locations.

 

Call Winkworth’s International team on 020 7870 7181 www.winkworth-international.com

 

3. The Da Vinci Code

Marais, 4eme, Paris £1.6m (€1.87m)

The Louvre looms large in The Da Vinci Code (2006), as Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) struggles to solve the deadly puzzle he’s been catapulted into. A quick stroll along the Seine from that mysterious pyramid brings you to this lofty duplex at the top of a 17th century building. There is no elevator to this third floor flat, but the exercise will keep you in trim, ready for a starring role in any future Hollywood dreams.

 

Call Winkworth’s International team on 020 7870 7181 www.winkworth-international.com

 

4. The Third Man


Shepperton, Middlesex £2.25m

Shepperton Studios have a long and proud, action packed history, ranging from The Third Man in 1949 to Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, due out next year. This five-bedroom house, on a backwater of the Thames, has had its fair share of famous owners. Packed full of Arts & Crafts features, it has enough charm to thrill even the most jaded actor. There are two separate one-bedroom annexes, too.

 

Call Winkworth’s Weybridge office on 01932 854400 www.winkworth.co.uk/weybridge

 

5. A View to a Kill

Windlesham, Surrey £5.495m

Ascot racecourse has featured in the 007 film A View to a Kill (1985) where James Bond (Roger Moore) was observing villain Max Zorin (Christopher Walken). It also stood in for Shanghai airport in Skyfall (2012) where it hosted 300 Chinese extras on an overnight shoot. Just down the road in Windlesham, this high-tech, modern mansion would suit James very well. It has garaging for four cars, a fully equipped gym and a cinema room. Perfect, Mr Bond.

 

Call Winkworth’s Weybridge office on 01932 854400 www.winkworth.co.uk/weybridge

 

6. Battle of Britain


Bonny Bush Hill, Kent £750,000

During the Second World War, the area around Dover was known as Hellfire Corner. Dogfights raged overhead and the fields were littered with munitions and crashed planes. The 1969 film Battle of Britain, starring Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer, was filmed at RAF Hawkinge, just north of Folkestone, and in villages nearby. This modern, five-bedroom home is situated in a quiet community in the beautiful Elham Valley – and it’s not likely to be dive-bombed by a Stuka these days.

 

Call Winkworth’s Canterbury office on 01227 456645 www.winkworth.co.uk/canterbury

 

7. Quadrophenia

West Drive, Brighton £1.295m

This hip city has hosted many film shoots, from Brighton Rock (2010 and 1947) to Quadrophenia (1979), and Mona Lisa (1986) to The End of the Affair (1999) with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore. Not only that, but Errol Flynn’s parents lived here, too. This four-bedroom house would be worthy of any movie star. Its clean lines and nod to Art Deco makes it a contemporary fit for this buzzing seaside resort. On the roof terrace, with its sea views, you could be forgiven for thinking you were on a luxury ocean line. Where are Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio?

Call Winkworth’s Brighton office on 01273 772175 www.winkworth.co.uk/brighton

 

8. Jane Austen’s Persuasion

Bathford, Bath £750,000

It should come as no surprise to discover that the lovely city of Bath has appeared in countless films and TV series. The Pump Rooms had to feature in Jane Austen’s Persuasion (2007). Great Pulteney Street was perfect for The Duchess and Vanity Fair. Harry Potter fans have to head east to the little village of Lacock to see where scenes in The Philosopher’s Stone and Half-Blood Prince were filmed. This former coach house in Bathford, just outside the city, has a magical walled garden and four bedrooms.

 

Call Winkworth’s Bath office on 01225 829000 www.winkworth.co.uk/bath

 

9. Pride and Prejudice


Brixton Deverill, Warminster, Wilts £950,000

Mr Darcy’s proposal (rejected by Elizabeth) in a folly in the pouring rain, was filmed in the Temple of Apollo at Stourhead, near Warminster.  It was a moment all romantics obsessed with Pride and Prejudice (2005) will never forget. Your romantic heart will thrill to this gorgeous thatched cottage nearby. It has four bedrooms and a glorious garden with a river running through it.

 

Call Winkworth’s Salisbury office on 01722 443000 www.winkworth.co.uk/salisbury

 

10. Les Miserables


Chesterfield Walk, Greenwich £1.495m

So many films have been shot at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. It’s hardly surprising as it is such a magnificent building in exquisite surroundings. It was easily transformed into revolutionary Paris for Les Miserables (2012), and Judi Dench visited it for the funeral scenes in Skyfall (2012). It was used in The King’s Speech (2010), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides (2011). The surroundings are lovely, considering how close it is to central London, and this two-bedroom apartment overlooks Greenwich Park. It’s part of a historic house previously owned by the crown. The sumptuous period features include panelling, a monumental bow window and original, built-in, polished walnut cabinets.

 

Call Winkworth’s Greenwich office on 020 3053 3033 www.winkworth.co.uk/greenwich

 

And one for luck… Skyfall

Draycott Place, London SW3 £3.45m

In Skyfall (2012), M is shocked to find James Bond in her apartment, particularly as he had been thought dead for three months. The flat used in the filming is in Cadogan Square and once belonged to John Barry, who wrote many of the Bond tunes but died in 2011. This duplex apartment can be found in a very similar red-brick mansion block nearby. It has three en-suite bedrooms and qualifies for a resident’s permit. Thank goodness you will be able to park the Aston Martin while you go for cocktails.

 

Call Winkworth’s Knightsbridge office on 020 7589 6616 www.winkworth.co.uk/knightsbridge

 

 

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