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[Movies] Check Out The Real Deserted Island Used In Skyfall
Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.13.2012

Slash Film has details on the deserted island featured in Skyfall, which is where James Bond meets the film's villain, Silva. The island features several city-like structures that are still standing.

The island is based on a real place called Hashima (also called Hashima Island or Gunkanijima, aka "Battleship Island"). The island contained a small but densely populated mining town that was abandoned in the 1970s and remains so to this day. It is about 15 kilometers off the coast of Nagasaki. It was settled in the late 1800s and became known for coal production. In 1916, the island was the first in Japan to be industrialized after Mitsubishi bought it and housed workers on site. By 1969, 5,200 people lived on the island, which is only 15 acres large. The town eventually began to look like a regular city with a doctor's office, restaurants, bars, and entertainment added and tunnels linking the sections.

As Japan's need for coal dropped, the island's money also dwindled. Mitsubishi closed the mining facilities in April 1974 and all the residents were sent back to the primary Japanese islands. They closed Hashima.

And island similar to Hashima is shown in Skyfall. While most of the scenes on the island were shot on sets, the production did build a full-scale replicae of a few streets outside of Pinewood Studios in the UK. There is also some use of CG to make it look bigger.

Travel to the island was restricted from 1974 to 2009. The island is now visited by tourists.

You can find photos, courtesy of Gakuranman.com here.


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