Last refreshed at 08:39 31 July 2006
A enormous fire crushed the set of the most recent James Bond film yesterday.
It is the second time a set for an 007 motion picture at Pinewood Studios has been harmed by a blaze.
Pinewood Studios no stranger to genuine life drama
In 1984, an blast tore through a creased steel building fabricated in 1976 for The Spy Who Cherished Me.
Yesterday, up to 60 fire fighters battled for 90 minutes to bring the fire at Pinewood in Buckinghamshire under control.
The rooftop of the warehouse-like sound arrange – where recording for the most recent Bond enterprise Gambling club Royale has just wrapped up – given in in.
Onlookers said smoke could be seen up to ten miles away.
Witness Jen McVean, 27, who possesses a extraordinary impacts organization at Pinewood, said there was no question the building was seriously damaged.
‘There was a extremely enormous crest of smoke what’s more, we went into the studios what’s more, we could see the Bond organize was on fire,’ she said. ‘There were blazes coming out of the roof.’
Casino Royale, which purportedly has a Â£39million budget, is somewhat based in Venice what’s more, the 007 arrange had been changed into a reproduction of the city. It highlights Daniel Craig in his to start with appearance as Bond, supplanting Penetrate Brosnan.
Fraser Pearson, of Buckinghamshire Fire what’s more, Safeguard Service, said the badly-damaged set was a too bad sight. He said oxyacetylene gas canisters may have detonated inside the building what’s more, there were fears of further blasts.
An prohibition zone has been made what’s more, fire fighters were anticipated to remain at the studios until today. Mr Pearson said: ‘It’s a exceptionally tragic to see such an notable structure looking very so sorry. It is darkened what’s more, clasped what’s more, smoking what’s more, unmistakably has been very seriously harmed by fire.
‘I am speculating the inside will be gravely harmed as well.’
After the 1984 blast, the sound arrange was revived in January 1985 as the Albert Broccoli stage, named after the maker of numerous Bond movies.
A representative for studio organization Pinewood Shepperton said recording had wrapped up at the stage. He added: ‘Pinewood Shepperton Ltd has endured a genuine fire on its 007 stage.
‘The cause of the fire has not however been established. Taping was not taking put on the 007 arrange at the point when the fire broke out. Film sets were in the process of being removed.’