Yesterday, the famous ‘Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage’ was destroyed by a massive fire. At least eight fire engines were required to put out the blaze.
The BBC reports today that the stage will need to be ‘will need to be demolished and rebuilt,’ according to a Pinewood Studios statement.
They also said that all the other studios would be operational by the end of the day. Film crew members told the BBC filming on Casino Royale had finished and the set was being de-rigged at the time of the incident that occured around 11:00 GMT. The stage had been transformed into a replica Venice, a location that would feature near the end of the film. The entire roof of the stage collapsed and caved in.
This is the second time the stage will be needed to be rebuilt because of fire damage. It was previously destroyed during the filming of Ridley Scott’s Legend. It was rebuilt in time for the 1985 Bond film, A View To A Kill.
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Casino Royale is the 21st James Bond 007 film produced by franchise holders Eon Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures production began shooting in January and is due for release worldwide on 17 November 2006. Casino Royale will premiere on 14 November in London. Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond; locations include the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.
The film co-stars Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Tobias Menzies, Ivana Milicevic, Clemens Schick, Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria, and Isaach De Bankole.