27 Jul 2017

Tangier rooftops - Bond escapes

After "assassinating" general Pushkin at the trade conference in Tangier, Bond escapes over the rooftops. A very brief scene includes Bond jumping over the rooftop of an open courtyard, a sahn, where he is observed by some surprised ladies lounging in the courtyard. Whether this is a Harem, a bathhouse or some kind of hotel is not clear.

This scene was filmed at the same location as the trade conference. The courtyard can be found inside the Kasbah Museum, Musée de la Kasbah, which exterior was used as the exterior of the trade conference building in the previous scene. The museum is housed in the old sultan's palace (Dar el Makhzen) in the Kasbah. As a Bond location, the interior of the museum is only interesting for this brief scene, but since it has been untouched since 1987 it is well worth a visit. The Kasbah shouldn't be missed anyway since you can find so many nice Bond locations here.

The entrance to the museum, found in the alley to the left, was actually used in a deleted scene where Bond gains entry to the trade conference using his press ID.

An obvious blooper is the fact that Bond jumps across the corner of the courtyard only to end up on a balcony on the outside of a house. It is obvious when you examine the scene that the balcony is located somewhere else. Furthermore, when Bond runs across the rooftops in the following scene the courtyard is nowhere to be seen.

9 Jul 2017

North African Trade Convention - Tangier

In The Living Daylights, Bond goes to Tangier to watch the North African trade conference where general Pushkin is attending. Bond has learnt from general Koskov that Pushkin is going to be there to give new directives in a secret operation called Smiert Spionom. Bond is tailing Pushkin from the conference to find out where he is staying.

This scene was filmed in Tangier's old Medina, more accurately inside the Kasbah, which dominates the north section of the Medina. The building that was used as the trade conference building in the film, is the Kasbah Museum which still looks the same as it did in 1987.

Bond is waiting outside the conference building in an Audi 200 Avant Quattro. He has placed a press ID in the car window to avoid suspicion.

In the film, the entrance to the trade conference has been put in the location of the small door seen in the picture below. In reality, the main entrance to the museum is not facing the square but can be found in the alley to the left. This location is one of many from both The Living Daylights and Spectre that can be found in the Kasbah. Tangier is a very nice city and the locations are very memorable.

From the small cafe Le Salon Bleu, you have a nice view over this location, which is one of the key locations in the film.

As Pushkin and Rubavitch are driven off in the Soviet flagged Mercedes, Bond follows them up the road to the right of the square, which is Rue Riad Sultan.