I enjoyed a wonderful visit at Blenheim Palace yesterday. You’ll excuse the quality of the pictures, the weather was quite dire so just took these on the phone.
Of course Blenheim Palace is where they filmed James Bond escaping from the Spectre meeting. The actual meeting was filmed in Pinewood studios.
I got talking to the staff at Blenheim Palace and got some first hand information about what happened during the shoot.
Facts about Spectre
They cleared all the gravel because they didn’t want the cars to get scratched. Daniel didn’t come out of the trailer to say hello to staff, unlike Tom Cruise who was very friendly to staff during the filming of Mi5.
They filmed the Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation in December here, (I’m presuming 2014) and Spectre in January (I’m presuming 2015)
The gunfire that was used for this escape scene was so loud it distressed a poor cat of one of the staff that lives here.
Another James Bond connection for Blenheim Palace; Entrapment (starring Sean Connery) was also filmed here. The scene where Catherine Zeta Jones slithers dextrously between red lasers, I’m told was filmed in The Great Hall.
Although on the Blenheim Palace website it tells me the scenes were filmed in The Great Court and the Grand Bridge).
Previously one of the Transformers films was filmed here and it caused great controversy as the scene required huge Nazi banners. Obviously this being the birth place of Winston Churchill, you can imagine how that might have caused a stir.
By all accounts Robert Downey Jr is a nice guy according to staff. He recently filmed Dr Doolittle here and was very accommodating and approachable.
What else can you see in Blenheim Palace?
One of the great areas of interest was the Winston Churchill archives. You get to see the bed that Winston Churchill was born in and some personal photos and artefacts, such as the Siren Suit.
It was a one-piece garment he called his Romper Suit. (Perhaps the very first onesie?) He invented the garment in the late 1930’s as it was comfortable and practical, with capacious pockets.
During World War 2 the Siren Suit became widely adopted , being easy to slip over clothing in the event of an air raid, hence the name.
If you enjoyed this article you might want to check out my other James Bond locations featured on my blog.
Also there is a James Bond Pinterest page you can follow.
For further reading I recommend Spectre at Blenheim Palace
and for the scene itself shot at Pinewood an interview with Brigitte Millar