From James Bond to War Horse: 18 blockbuster movies set in Hampshire
Some of the most successful and popular films have taken the opportunity to use our county’s beautiful historic sites, country homes and countryside to capture the perfect setting.
And no matter how many times you’ve watched a particular movie, you might not even have known that the biggest movie stars have come by your door to shoot some of their scenes.
We’ve picked 18 of the hottest movies to bring parts of Hampshire to the big screen.
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If we missed any of your favorites shot in Hampshire let us know in the comments below.
Les Miserables (2013)
Les Mis was released in the UK on January 11, 2013 and earned £ 8.1million in its opening weekend, making it the biggest opening weekend for a musical film.
During the opening scene, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) and Javert (Russell Crowe) both appear in Portsmouth at the Historic Dockyard – No.9 Dock to be precise.
Winchester College is also featured in this epic, award-winning musical film.
This 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel follows Emma’s hooking up with friends and neighbors, but almost misses her own chance to love.
The dining room at Stratfield Saye country house, home of the Dukes of Wellington since 1817, was used to shoot some scenes.
War Horse (2011)
Another classic from the 2010s is War Horse with the Oscar nominated film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Morpurgo.
The film’s overall cast includes Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup and Jeremy Irvine in his film debut while the plot centers on a young man who enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry.
Legendary director Stephen Spielberg used the Stratfield Saye Cavalry Barracks; the cavalry charge scene was filmed on the barracks grounds while the interior was also used.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
We go back over 50 years for our next pick, as family favorite Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has visited the county.
The movie icon was filmed in part on the Longmoor Military Railway; in this scene, the group sings the classic song from the movie and leads Chitty alongside a train, greeting the conductor in the process.
This Oscar-winning sci-fi adventure took us into the subconscious and beyond with a plot containing more twists than England’s country road.
During the movie, there is a scene where Saito’s helicopter lands on some modern and sleek airfield. This airport is actually Farnborough Airport, home to the world famous international air show, right here in Hampshire.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
A true British classic now; Four Weddings was a romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell, it is also the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis starring Hugh Grant.
The film follows the adventures of Charles and his circle of friends through a number of social occasions as they each encounter romance at every turn.
The wedding reception three was filmed inside Rotherfield Park, just south of Alton.
Quantum of Consolation (2008)
While the latest addition to the James Bond franchise, No Time to Die, is the center of attention in theaters following its recent release, one of Daniel Craig’s first films featured a part of Hampshire.
It was Craig’s second stint as Bond and during the film he flies from an airport in Austria. Or so we thought! No, it’s actually Farnborough Airport that is seen.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
Rogue Nation is the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Alex Baldwin.
Fawley Power Station in Southampton was used as a filming location in the 2015 edition.
This can be seen when the team visits a “Morocco power station” – entering a secure vault hidden under a power station.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Considered controversial, The Da Vinci Code was an American thriller movie directed by Ron Howard, written by Akiva Goldsman, and based on the 2003 Dan Brown bestselling novel of the same name.
During the flashback scenes, knights are pictured meeting the Pope in the Vatican, but the backdrop for this scene was actually Winchester Cathedral, as it also served as the Vatican.
Continue the cruise (1962)
The first film on this list was the British comedy Carry on Cruising; the sixth in the series of 31 Carry On films.
This film was notable for being the first in the series to be shot in color as regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Kenneth Connor appeared in the film.
It was installed on the Southampton docks and aboard the fictional SS Happy Wanderer as it crossed the Atlantic.
Released just four years ago, Dunkirk was a war film written, directed and produced by Christopher Nolan that portrayed the evacuation of Dunkirk from World War II through the perspectives of land, sea and the air.
Residents of Lee-on-the-Solent were treated to the unique sight of Spitfires and Messerschmitts involved in dogfights as helicopters filmed all the action over Solent Airport for this intense film .
Black Beauty (1994)
It was the fifth film adaptation of Anna Sewell’s novel of the same name from 1877 and starred Andrew Knott, Sean Bean and David Thewlis.
The great room where Black Beauty must have posed for Lady Wexmire was shot in Stratfield Saye’s house (the third appearance on this list).
Additional scenes were filmed at Black Park, which is part of the Duke of Marlborough’s Langley Park estate.
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This epic historical drama film was directed by Ridley Scott and won five Academy Awards for the violent and heartbreaking story of a former Roman general (Russell Crowe) who swears revenge on the corrupt Emperor who murdered his family and l ‘sent into slavery.
Some war scenes were filmed in Alice Holt’s forest
Johnny English: Reborn (2011)
Rowan Atkinson was spotted in Hampshire for the Johnny English sequel with the spy action comedy film encapsulating Atkinson’s comedic ability.
Hawley Woods in North East Hampshire was featured in a scene involving a cable car station.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
One of the most popular film franchises of all time, and Hampshire got involved in the Marvel Universe in 2015.
Hawley Woods has been used again, this time for the forest bunker scene, when Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) attempts to destroy a Hydra bunker during their assault.
The apparently popular spot for filmmakers, Stratfield Saye Park, is back and can be seen as The Avengers make their way to Hawkeye’s secret farm to rest, though the farm and barn were built specifically for him. movie.
The leading cast and crew also spent several days filming at Stratfield House in North Hampshire.
World War II (2013)
Brad Pitt starred in this zombie apocalypse flick based on the popular Max Brooks novel.
Former United Nations worker Gerry Lane (Pitt) travels the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that threatens to destroy humanity itself.
The action horror film was set to be filmed at the Aldershot Military Barracks and Montgomery Lines due to its unique architecture with Pitt and his wife Angelina Jolie in attendance during filming.
The iconic 1970s rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda was portrayed on the big screen in 2013 when Rush was directed by Ron Howard.
With Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Lauda, scenes were filmed at Blackbushe Airport, Yatlely, where the old airstrip was used for racing clips.
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
The fifth installment of the Transformers series has seen a deadly threat reappear from Earth’s history. A hunt for a lost artifact unfolds between Autobots and Decepticons, as Optimus Prime meets its creator in space.
Parts of the Hollywood film were shot in Gosport.
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