U.N.C.L.E. movie films at a Skyfall location

U.N.C.L.E. insignia from a second-season episode

U.N.C.L.E. insignia from a second-season episode

The Henry Cavill News fan website SNIFFED OUT how The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie did some filming at a Skyfall location in the U.K.: Hankley Common, which substituted for Scotland in the 2012 007 film.

As it turns out, the website came across Tweets from area residents such as THIS ONE about the U.N.C.L.E. filming. Besides the one the website cited, there’s THIS ONE from Oct. 18 and THIS ONE from Oct. 23 after filming in the area ended.

In 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 ancestral home and the title of the movie. The photos included what were supposed to be the tombstones of Bond’s parents.

There are no details available how Hankley Common will come into play for the U.N.C.L.E. movie starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer and directed by Guy Ritchie. Meanwhile, Henry Cavill News had an OCT. 24 POST of another U.K. location that may be doubling for Berlin.

Boyd discusses Solo with The New York Times

William Boyd

William Boyd

The New York Times THIS WEEK examined continuation novels in general and 007 continuation novels in particular, focusing on the latest, William Boyd’s Solo.

The reporter, Sarah Lyall, posed the question why readers would buy a continuation novel featuring one writer’s take on another author’s character.

“I think it’s a reader-driven thing,” said Mr. Boyd, who was interviewed on the phone from London and later in person in New York. “If people like the characters and like the stories, they want more of the same. Because authors are finite creatures and stop writing and fall off their perches, these rebootings can satisfy readers’ needs. People want to find out what Elizabeth Bennet did next.”

Boyd, meanwhile, told Lyall, that he was given enough leeway by Ian Fleming Publications to make the project worth his while. “I wanted to write a gritty, realistic spy novel about a human being, not anything fantastical or silly, with organizations trying to rule the world,” he told the Times.

As for IFP’s perspective, Lyall provides this:

“This is bringing a fresh, new interesting life to Bond,” said Corinne Turner, managing director of Ian Fleming Publications. It’s “about the heritage,” she said, not the money.

The story notes that IFP’s copyright on the literary Bond lasts until 2034, or 70 years after Ian Fleming’s death.

The story examines a number of other continuation novel projects, including one where Sebastian Faulks — author of the 2008 007 continuation novel Devil May Care — is a participant. You can CLICK HERE to read it. The story ran on page one of the Oct. 23 print edition of the paper.