There’s a real affinity between photographers and North Wales as its gorgeous scenery lends itself very kindly to the lens. It’s little wonder that film-makers also choose this richly historic region as the setting for their blockbusters or indie flicks too.
NorthWales.com takes a look at some of the films made in North Wales, whether they’ve been shot or based in its landscape.
From Russia with Love (1963)
One of the best of the Bonds, From Russia With Love saw 007 traipsing around Snowdonia National Park on a romantic sojourn. Though not quite as exciting as taking a spin around the lakes on the infamous jetpack, the scene was an important one with Snowdonia proving a perfect backdrop for it.
Snowdonia National Park is one of the oldest of its kind in the UK and is a firm favourite amongst ramblers over its 823 mile radius.
A definite cult classic, Dragonslayer was released back in the 80’s but to little reception. The years have been kind to the film though and especially so the shooting locations in Llanberis which still look spectacular on the 30 year old release.
Large portions of the film were shot across the region ith nods to the Conwy valley, Llyn Ogwen and Capel Cruig amongst many others.
Similar to Dragonslayer, Willow was a box office flop when it was released but has gone on to have a cult following especially with young adults. The magical tale surrounds a dwarf who stumbles across a very important baby and the trials and tribulations he encounters trying to return him home. Directed by Ron Howard and George Lucas, there’s plenty of Hollywood weight behind this 80’s release.
Nockmar Castle has many tips of the hat to its shooting location which is in fact in Snowdonia.
The World is Not Enough (1999)
There must be something in the Snowdonia water which keeps James Bond come back as it was the setting for when he foiled terrorists and their schemes with the world’s oil supply. Though not as revered as From Russia with Love, this release starring Pierce Brosnan had plenty of ingredients which makes Bond such a success.
Tomb Raider 2: Cradle of Life (2003)
Masquerading as China, the hills of Snowdonia again made a fantastic shooting location for a Hollywood blockbuster with superstar Angelina Jolie also enjoying a stay in Caernarfon during shooting.
Although not as well-received as its predecessor, Cradle of Life had one or two outstanding scenes which included the sight of Lara Croft jumping The Great Wall of China but actually, it was the regions of Snowdonia the entire time.
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