Operation Mincemeat (2022)

The three actors pictured left to right are Matthew Macfadyen, Colin Firth and Johnny Flynn are dressed in Naval uniform and pose in front of a large Naval building. They carry brown leather satchels

Operation Mincemeat (2022) © Warner Bros / Netflix

Director: John Madden
Writers: Michelle Ashford, Ben Macintyre
Starring: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Johnny Flynn, Kelly Macdonald
Production Company: See-Saw Films
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Operation Mincemeat (2022) is a drama set during World War Two. The film is based on the true story on how British intelligence officers pulled off one of the most successful wartime deceptions of Nazi Germany.

The film was written by Michelle Ashford (The Pacific, Boomtown) and is based on the book by Ben Macintyre. Stars of the film include Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Pride and Prejudice) as Ewen Montagu, Matthew Macfadyen (The Current War (2019), Churchills Secret) as Charles Cholmondeley, Johnny Flynn (Vanity Fair (2018), Stardust, The Dig) as James Bond author Ian Fleming and Kelly Macdonald (Line of Duty, The Victim) as Jean Leslie. Supporting cast includes Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey (2010-2013), Summerland (2020)) and Alex Jennings (The Crown Series 1 – 6 (2016-2023), The Halcyon (2017)).

Production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham to film on HMS Cavalier and at Anchor Wharf. HMS Cavalier is hard to spot, but it features at the beginning and end of the film in a sequence where the Allied forces are approaching the coast of Sicily.  Anchor Wharf doubles as the R.N. Submarine Base at Holy Loch, where Charles (Matthew Macfadyen) tells Ewen (Colin Firth) that he is going to travel with the dead body to Spain.

Set on the River Medway The Historic Dockyard Chatham was once an active Royal Navy shipyard and is a popular Kent filming location, especially for period dramas looking for London street doubles. Previous WWII-based productions to film at the Dockyard include Summerland (2020), World On Fire (2019) and Red Joan (2019).

Operation Mincemeat was released in UK cinemas on Tuesday 15th April 2022.

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Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Diamonds Are Forever Movie Poster- James bond standing on a metal claw with two women perched beside him, Cartoon diamond behind. Diamonds Are Forever written in yellow

Diamonds Are Forever © movieposterDB

Director: Guy Hamilton
Starring: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood
Production Company: Eon Productions, Danjaq
Kent Locations Used: The Port of Dover

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) was directed by Guy Hamilton (Battle of Britain (1969), Live and Let Die) and features the legendary Sean Connery as James Bond for the very last time. The seventh spy film in the popular series sees Bond impersonating a diamond smuggler to uncover a plot to destroy a city. Will he be able to keep one step ahead of his nemesis and save the day?

Based on Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name, this thrilling film is about Bond’s battle with his old nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, after discovering he isn’t just a diamond smuggler but is using the diamonds to build a giant laser to destroy Washington DC.

Starring alongside Sean Connery (Dr. No, The Untouchables) is Jill St. John (The Oscar, Who’s Minding the Store?) as Tiffany Casethe, Charles Gray (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, You Only Live Twice) as Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Lana Wood (The Searchers, Best Years Gone) as Plenty O’Toole.

The Port of Dover was used for the scene where Bond swaps identities with Diamond smuggler Peter Franks (Joe Robinson) and makes his escape to France. The Port of Dover has also been used for filming by Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011), Albert’s Memorial (2010) and Missing (2009).

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) premiered in UK cinemas on Thursday 30th December 1971 and can now be purchased on DVD.

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Casino Royale (1967)

Casino-Royale Movie Poster- James Bond in the centre holding a gun surrounded by cartoon flames, montage of bond girls around him. Casino Royale written in red on top

Casino-Royale © MovieposterDB

Director: Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Val Guest, Richard Talmadge
Writer: Ian Fleming (Novel), Wolf Mankowitz (Screenplay)
Starring: David Niven (James Bond), Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Barbara Bouchet
Production Company: Famous Artists Productions
Kent Locations Used: Mereworth Castle

Casino Royale (1967) is a spoof James Bond film which is loosely based on Ian Fleming’s first novel of the same name. The plot film centres on James Bond coming out of retirement to take on the forces of SMERSH.

The film has an ensemble cast including David Niven (Murder by Death, Around the World in 80 Days) as Sir James Bond, Peter Sellers (Being There, Dr. Strangelove) Ursula Andress (Dr. No, Clash of the Titans), Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil) and Woody Allen (Manhattan, Annie Hall).

Mereworth Castle was used as Sir James Bond’s home, which SMERSH blow up at the start of the film. Mereworth Castle is not actually a castle but a grade 1 Palladian country house in the borough of Tonbridge and Malling.  It is now privately owned and not open to the public.

Casino Royale (1967) was released in the UK on Thursday 13th April 1967 and is available to buy on DVD.

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