Blogger ceases taking photos of Skyfall set (SPOILERS)

Warning: spoilers begin midway through this post

The blog The Foraging Photographer said March 16 it’s ceasing taking pictures of an exterior Bond set in Scotland after some pressure was applied.

007 relaxes at the pool after the latest Skyfall leak has been sealed off.


The blogger explains in a post you can read BY CLICKING HERE. An excerpt:

Weeeeeeell… I don’t know where to start, really. Or indeed where to finish. I arrived at Hankley this morning, with dog and child, friend and dog, expecting our normal walk around the common only to be enlivened by the film shooting. I greeted, in naive innocence, the (lovely) lady on the main security gate, only to have her call after me “…are you [my name]…?”, and tell me that I was in (and had created) a lot of trouble. They kept me there while they radioed the location manager to come and discuss things with me.

As it turns out, I’ve been a wanted woman on Hankley Common since yesterday, when it became apparent that I had breached military byelaw 4(13). On reading and re-reading this byelaw, I can’t say I’m yet entirely clear about how I’ve breached this, but I’m taking them at their word, and certainly the military police were perfectly serious about finding me and arresting me – the policeman I talked to later told me that if they’d found me first I would have been arrested, cuffed and charged.

(snip) What did distress me is that I seem to have dropped some of the site crew right in it. This really does upset me, because everyone I’ve spoken to on-site has been absolutely lovely, and I’ve greatly enjoyed having chats with them….I have been genuinely enthralled by the development of the set, and the incredible skill displayed therein. I love taking photographs of beautiful things, and, to me, the creation of this fake reality was an amazing thing to witness.

SPOILERS FOLLOW. If you don’t want to know any details bail out now.

The set in question is supposed to be James Bond’s ancestral home, known as the Skyfall lodge. Bond and M head up to Scotland, but Skyfall apparently will be attacked and destroyed. In a post you can view BY CLICKING HERE, you can see photos taken by the blogger, including the headstone for Bond’s parents, Andrew Bond and Monique Delacroix Bond as well as headstones for other relatives that have names taken from Ian Fleming relatives. There’s also a chapel that has been constructed.

The Foraging Photographer’s images have been reproduced on fan Web sites and message boards. This is now the third crackdown related to the 23rd James Bond film and the third starring Daniel Craig. Two fan sites, James Bond Brasil and 007 Collector had published images of Skyfall call sheets and related materials sold on eBay that revealed character names and other details. James Bond Brasil took down the images it published. 007 Collector took down a photo of the list of Skyfall character that was included with the call sheets.

UPDATE: The Foraging Photographer added this to her blog entry (MoD means Ministry of Defence):

just want to make very clear that I did not at any point go anywhere that the public were not free to go, nor was I at any point asked not to take photographs. I did not at any point go inside any fences around the structures which were up during construction. Once the fences were removed, I assumed the boundary to be the ‘flooring’ around the sites (the plastic roadway stuff that protects the ground underneath). Only once did I set foot on that flooring, and that was with permission. There was full public access to the site throughout construction (it’s MoD land), and lots of members of the public taking photos and videos. It was only during filming that the security guys were present. I do feel that if the chapel site was such hot property, then the production team should have made the construction team very aware of this, and put security on the site. It’s not like I was skulking around – I was there with two loud children and a dog!

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6 Responses

  1. What an absolute tool. There is nothing enthralling about what this idiot has done, other than get a lot of people in trouble & endanger their much needed jobs, as well as go some of the way to spoiling what is one of the most anticipated films of the year continuing a 50 year heritage.

    She cannot seriously think that what she has done can be seen as anything but an opportunist taking advantage of unsuspecting crew for a chance at 15 mins of internet fame.

    Faithful Bond fan

  2. Note: anything that can be viewed as a threat, figurative or not, will be removed from responses.

  3. @Faith Bond Fan – so some stuff came out, if it wasn’t her, then someone else would have published them. It’s the set’s fault for not tightening security, she’s just enjoying the view, however reckless the publishing the revelatory bits was. And I don’t think this person is motivated to promote her tiny blog by uploading a few long shots of a movie set, it seems very innocent to me. The publicity is accidental as the Daily Mail outed her.

  4. This is not the Film crews first rode so it is not an amateur’s fault if something got out. It looks bad to send police after a mostly harmless person. Besides the we already know they blow the set up from other sources, that is if Bardem doesn’t burn it down first.

  5. Personally this makes for great publicity. I can see it now in some tabloid newspaper – BOND FAN NEARLY ARRESTED FOR PHOTOGRAPHING SECRET OO7 SET. I find it very odd that the set did not have tight security and since it is on MoD land, where is the security? For that matter, where is the world press if they cannot jump on something like this? Don’t tell me the press is keeping away from anything Bondian unless they are invited. Weird!

  6. […] early 2012, a blogger took and posted pictures at Hankley Common during Skyfall’s production. The area was used to film what was supposed to Bond’s […]

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