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Peterborough on the big screen

WHAT do Peterborough and Los Angeles have in common? One is the glittering centre of Hollywood, a sunny city where multimillion-dollar film deals are pitched, paid for and put together.

WHAT do Peterborough and Los Angeles have in common? One is the glittering centre of Hollywood, a sunny city where multimillion-dollar film deals are pitched, paid for and put together.And Peterborough is, well . . . Peterborough.

But the two do share one similarity: LA has been used as a backdrop for many a glamorous film, as has Peterborough.

Two James Bond films have been partly filmed here – Pierce Brosnan spent several weeks at the old British Sugar factory in 1995 as he filmed the train crash sequences for his first outing as James Bond in Goldeneye, and Roger Moore also filmed 007 scenes at Nene Valley for the making of Octopussy.

And Lee Marvin found himself living out of a caravan in Ferry Meadows during the making of the Dirty Dozen 2.

George C Scott visited Peterborough as part of his Oscar-winning turn in the Second World War drama Paton.

Meanwhile, Stamford's Burghley House is quite the superstar, having appeared in several films and TV series.

In 2006 scenes from the controversial thriller The Da Vinci Code were shot at Burghley House during five weeks of secret filming.

Key scenes shot at the house include the garages at Chateau Villette which saw Sir Leigh Teabing (Sir Ian McKellen) and symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) hotly pursued by the French police.

Film fans also spotted interior and exterior scenes portraying Castile Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence. Stamford was also the chosen set for the adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, featuring Keira Knightley.

Scenes were filmed in the centre of the town and Burghley House, and involved hundreds of residents as extras.

Can you think of any more movies filmed in and around the city? Did you watch any of these productions being made – or were you an extra in them? We'd love to hear from you.

 

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