The world’s most stunning filming locations
From the dusty landscapes of Namibia to the natural beauty of New Zealand, some of the world’s most stunning landscapes have served as the backdrops for recent feature films. Here are five of our favorites.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Ridley Scott’s much-anticipated third outing in the Alien franchise might be set in deep space, but his follow-up to Prometheus was partially filmed at Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular fjords.
Set on New Zealand’s South Island, Milford Sound is known for the towering Mitre Peak, which stands 5,540 feet above sea level. Add rainforests, waterfalls, dolphins, fur seal colonies and penguins and you have one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Just keep your eyes peeled for aliens…
Kong: Skull Island
Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s 2017 recent update to the King Kong franchise was filmed on Oahu, Hawaii’s third-largest island. Fear not, though: this paradise is not, in reality, home to angry monsters. Instead, this major tourist destination is filled with restaurants, high-end shops, nightclubs, bars and more. It even has its own Chinatown.
Recent Bond installment Spectre was shot all over the world, including in Rome, Mexico and Austria. But perhaps its most impressive location is Tangier, located on the north coast of Morocco
It is in Tangier where Bond meets Dr. Madeleine Swann, who has escaped from Austria, at the Hotel l'Américain. It’s in the city’s beautiful markets, villas, souks and side streets that their relationship blossoms.
Fun fact: In the 1987 Bond film The Living Daylights, Timothy Dalton races across the very same rooftops from Spectre’s market scene, above Bab el Assa in nearby Algeria. Thanks, World on Screen!
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Mad Max: Fury Road
If visitor numbers to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast didn’t shoot up in the wake of 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, it would be very surprising indeed. The film, starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, boasts a fabulous cast and an equally fabulous landscape, all apocalyptic wastelands and dusty deserts.
As explained by the World On Screen map, Fury Road director George Miller decided to shoot much of the film near the Namibian city of Swakopmund, a former German settlement that comes complete with Bavarian timber-framed buildings. The result is awe-inspiring and a real feast for the eyes.
UK and Ireland
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
J.J. Abrams’ recent addition to the Star Wars franchise as much a celebration of the countryside of the British Isles as it is a sci-fi fun-ride. The Force Awakens’ intergalactic pursuits were actually filmed across the UK and Ireland, including the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England; the island of Skellig Michael, off the coast of Ireland's County Kerry (pictured); and the UK’s Lake District. It’s the makings of a perfect road trip.
Irma Hunkeler works for BlueGlass.co.uk, a digital marketing agency. Her experience includes working for clients in different industries such as travel, retail, recruitment, technology and charitable institutions. Extensive networking and meeting professionals across different industries, allow her to collaborate with industry experts for her writing.