We can’t reveal too much about the plot, otherwise there may be even more dead bodies in Greenwich than those in the make-believe morgue set up this week in the undercroft beneath the ORNC’s magnificent Painted Hall.
Eight coffins draped in union jack flags and arranged in two neat rows occupied the vaulted ceilinged room which normally houses the elegant tables and chairs of the King William Undercroft restaurant.
MI6 chief M, played for the seventh time by national treasure Judi Dench, was filmed in the undercroft, surveying the gruesome aftermath of a mass assassination of her agents. Thankfully, although entirely predictably, James Bond – portrayed for the third time by Daniel Craig – was not among them.
Earlier in the filming, a solemn procession of black hearses carrying flag-draped coffins was seen driving slowly along College Way, the main road which bisects the Old Royal Naval College, and past seated mourners.
In the finished film, due for release around November or December, will this be a street in Whitehall near the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office perhaps?
Skyfall director Sam Mendes knows, of course. But do we expect him to reveal plot lines and real location of the morgue? No, but we do expect Footprints of London and Greenwich guide Neil Sinclair to confess a few more juicy details while hosting the 90 minute Lights, Camera Action! tour on Sunday 8th January and Sunday 15th January.
Join Neil Sinclair as he points out exactly where iconic scenes from these and many other blockbusters were shot and reveals some of the off-camera secrets of the stars.