As the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, breaks box office records around the globe, the media is turning its attention to the Scottish location at the heart of the story.
Without entering spoiler territory for those yet to see Skyfall, Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands was chosen by the makers of Skyfall as the place Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to alongside M (Judi Dench) at a key point in the story. As has been known since the publication of Ian Fleming’s ‘You Only Live Twice’ in 1964, Glencoe is the ancestral home of the Bond family.
Speaking to STV, Craig notes that his character grew up in Scotland and that the weather was wet, “as usual”. He also comments on Roger Deakins’ impressive cinematography.
Over at VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourism agency, they’ve highlighted some Bond locations, with mentions of Glencoe and the locations of 1962’s From Russia With Love, 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me and 1999’s The World is Not Enough.
The Skyfall crew were “absolutely blown away” by Scotland’s scenery according to the National Trust for Scotland on the BBC site.
Meanwhile, The Economist points out 007’s rather confusing heritage, as mentioned in Skyfall: is Bond English, Scottish or British? Perhaps we’ll find out in the 24th film, out in a few years time.
Coverage of the film is likely to increase in the coming weeks as Skyfall opens in the US on 9 November and we’ll attempt to track down discussion of the Scottish connections, sadly without the aid of Q Branch.