Judy Dench looking over coffins in a scene from Skyfall, courtesy of Sony Pictures Releasing UK

Skyfall is UK’s biggest hit

December 5 2012

A film shot partly on location at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) has become the highest grossing movie of all time in the UK it has been announced today.

The latest instalment in the James Bond franchise which starred Daniel Craig as 007 and was directed by Sam Mendes smashed the previous record which had been held by James Cameron’s Avatar.

Managing director of Sony Pictures Releasing UK, Peter Taylor, said: "We are delighted that cinema-goers have so enthusiastically embraced Skyfall in such an incredible way. It seems particularly fitting in 2012 that the latest James Bond adventure should become the highest-grossing movie ever, marking the 50th anniversary of one of our truly iconic cultural characters in record-breaking style."

Scenes from the movie with Dame Judi Dench (pictured) were filmed at the ORNC in January 2012. A sombre atmosphere surrounded the filming, which featured a scene with Dench as “M” looking over a row of coffins all draped in the union jack flag. The scene was shot in the King William Undercroft beneath the Painted Hall.

Skyfall is one of several blockbuster movies shot at the ORNC in recent months another of which, Les Miserables starring Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, has its World Premiere this month before going on public release in the UK on 11 January.

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