FILM : Battle of Britain
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FILM / MOVIE TITLE DATE FILM STAR(S) WHO APPEAR IN THE LOCATION SCENES FILM / MOVIE LOCATIONS / SCENES
Battle of Britain 1969 Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Edward Fox, Kenneth More, Robert Shaw, Ian McShane, Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard Cambridgeshire, France, Gipuzkoa (Spain), Kent, London
Director : Guy Hamilton   Production Company : Spitfire Productions  Region : LONDON A-B,SOUTH EAST A-D,FRANCE,SPAIN

The heroic "few" save Britain from the threat of the Luftwaffe.

Stills by SJ.

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Battle of Britain [1969] [DVD]

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Battle of Britain - Looks like a French chateau. The scenes set on the AEF airfield in France were shot on the south side of Duxford airfield, Cambridgeshire, looking south towards the gently rising hills in that direction. Behind the camera viewpoints were the runway, hangars and camp on the north side. The Chateau was set dressing, possibly not even a full scale facade. To get comparison shots with proper perspective would probably need access to the set area, as it's not as obvious looking across from the public access on the IWM side of the runway. Much of the southern section of the airfield, probably including the set's location, has been returned to farmland and the M11 Motorway has severed the eastern end of the runway.
Battle of Britain

bob001. Looks like a French chateau. The scenes set on the AEF airfield in France were shot on the south side of Duxford airfield, Cambridgeshire, looking south towards the gently rising hills in that direction. Behind the camera viewpoints were the runway, hangars and camp on the north side. The Chateau was set dressing, possibly not even a full scale facade. To get comparison shots with proper perspective would probably need access to the set area, as it's not as obvious looking across from the public access on the IWM side of the runway. Much of the southern section of the airfield, probably including the set's location, has been returned to farmland and the M11 Motorway has severed the eastern end of the runway.

Battle of Britain - The old southern taxiway is visible as crop marks in some GoogleEarth imagery, but the abandoned runway secton looks like it was completely obliterated. Great information from Mike Tighe. Adding to this information, Mike says that the set, including 'chateau' is visible in the background of the photo at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/3773965 showing the camera ship taxying at Duxford during production. The caption probably gives more details. Looking at the full size photo, the set is definitely in the area that reverted to farmland since 1968. (Photo taken from tower, pavement joint marks are visible on Google Earth, giving an approximate line towards the set's location.)
Battle of Britain

bob002. The old southern taxiway is visible as crop marks in some GoogleEarth imagery, but the abandoned runway secton looks like it was completely obliterated. Great information from Mike Tighe. Adding to this information, Mike says that the set, including 'chateau' is visible in the background of the photo at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/3773965 showing the camera ship taxying at Duxford during production. The caption probably gives more details. Looking at the full size photo, the set is definitely in the area that reverted to farmland since 1968. (Photo taken from tower, pavement joint marks are visible on Google Earth, giving an approximate line towards the set's location.)

Battle of Britain - An airfield, maybe North Weald, Essex.
Battle of Britain

bob003. An airfield, maybe North Weald, Essex.

Battle of Britain - The approach to Denton, Kent.
Battle of Britain

bob004. The approach to Denton, Kent.

bob004n. Now, with phone box and bus shelter intact. SJ.
(Modern Photo Added: 29-11-2009)

Battle of Britain - The Jackdaw, Denton, Kent.
Battle of Britain

bob005. The Jackdaw, Denton, Kent.

bob005n. A new garden in front to prevent Plummer parking nowadays. SJ.
(Modern Photo Added: 29-11-2009)

Battle of Britain - The interior of the Jackdaw. Ron Lamberton tells us that the interior shot for the
Battle of Britain

bob006. The interior of the Jackdaw. Ron Lamberton tells us that the interior shot for the "Jackdaw" pub was actually "The Hoops" pub in Bassingbourne near Royston, Hertfordshire.

Battle of Britain - Still in Denton.
Battle of Britain

bob007. Still in Denton.

bob007n. Now. SJ.
(Modern Photo Added: 29-11-2009)

Battle of Britain - Duxford, Hertfordshire.
Battle of Britain

bob008. Duxford, Hertfordshire.

bob008n. Now by Paul Brennan "taken from the top of Duxford's control tower last summer during the Flying Legends airshow. The area next to the double decker bus was the location of the hangar that was blown up during the filming."
(Modern Photo Added: 15-02-2014)

Battle of Britain - Duxford.
Battle of Britain

bob009. Duxford.

Battle of Britain - The river Thames, London. The paddlers debate whether the attackers are Messerschmitts or 'Einkels.
Battle of Britain

bob010. The river Thames, London. The paddlers debate whether the attackers are Messerschmitts or 'Einkels.

bob010n. Paul Brennan identifies this location as the beach behind the Metropolitan Wharf, Wapping Wall, London E1. There are steps along side the Prospect of Whitby pub that take you down on to the beach. Unfortunately the weather in London was rubbish this morning.
(Modern Photo Added: 09-03-2013)

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