The UK Armed Forces and No Time To DieOctober 10, 2021
In “No Time To Die“, RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire stood in for a NATO airbase in Norway in the build-up to an important scene where Bond and Nomi (a new MI6 agent, played by Lashana Lynch) join Q (Ben Whishaw) to board a C-17 Globemaster. With its mixed fleet of aircraft, the airbase, which is the largest RAF station in the UK provides rapid global mobility in support of UK overseas operations and exercises.
A long-range, heavy-lift strategic transport aircraft, the C-17 can operate close to an area of operations for combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian missions. Filming also took place inside the aircraft where Q gives Bond and Nomi gadgets to assist them on their upcoming mission.
“There’s a long standing association between the Bond films and the Armed Forces. We definitely call upon them when we need their help, both in terms of possible locations, but also their expertise and advice.”
Gregg Wilson, Associate Producer
“In this film we’ve worked alongside all three branches of the Armed Forces. They do amazing and varied things, and just like on a film crew there is a specialist for each and every area. The variety of their lives is obvious: they do amazing things in defence of the country, and then on the next day they’re working on a Bond film. It’s an incredible job to have.”
Charlie Hayes, Location Manager
The Royal Navy also allowed the production’s second unit to film aboard HMS Dragon, one of the Navy’s six Type 45 air defence destroyers.
HMS Dragon is one of the most advanced warships in the world and it plays a crucial role in “No Time To Die”. Instantly recognisable by the Welsh Dragon on her bow, the warship’s main role is air defence. She protects her fellow ships by detecting, interrogating and neutralising enemy threats with the Sea Viper anti-air missile system.
“I think [the UK Armed Forces and James Bond] share common values in terms of keeping Britain safe. Bond represents courage, integrity, loyalty and selfless commitment to Queen and country, and those are all the values of the Armed Forces. Both can be trusted to do the right thing, truly professionally.”
Barbara Broccoli, Producer
British Army troops from the Household Cavalry featured in a scene where Léa Seydoux’s character, Madeleine Swann, crosses The Mall towards her office on Carlton House Terrace.
The Life Guards are part of the Household Cavalry, one of the two most senior regiments of the British Army, the other being the Blues & Royals. The Life Guards offered their time at a pivotal moment in their calendar, just before the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
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Source and photos: The UK Armed Forces
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