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4 DECEMBER 2013
BEN WHISHAW UNVEILS 'Q-STAGE' AT PINEWOOD

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2013-12-04
On this day, Ben Whishaw unveiled the new state of the art Q-Stage at Pinewood Studios. Very suitable considering Ben portrayed the legendary character in Skyfall (2012) (2012), the most successful Bond film of all time.

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
(4 December 2013) – Pinewood Studios continues to invest in its facilities and the latest offering for clients is a brand new, state of the art facility for both film and television production.

The new stage is named ‘Q Stage’ and was formally opened by Ben Whishaw, the latest actor to play the famous Q character in the Bond franchise.

The development comprises a 30,000 sq ft stage and 15,000 sq ft of production accommodation and workshops. Pinewood’s newest stage was completed on 27 September 2013 and the first production to move in is a large, inward investment film.

It follows a similar model to Pinewood’s Richard Attenborough Stage, which opened in 2011 and has already hosted films including Les Miserables, Jack Ryan and Ridley Scott’s new production, Exodus, as well as TV shows like Chris Moyles’ Love Machine and the most recent series of The Voice.

After some opening remarks from Andrew Smith, Director of Strategy and Communications, Pinewood Shepperton, Ben officially declared the new stage open and unveiled the new Q Stage sign with a specially designed gadget made by Pinewood based prop specialists, PropShop. The producers of the Bond films Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were in attendance and their presence and the name of the new stage continues Pinewood’s longstanding relationship with the most successful film franchise of all time. Other Pinewood landmarks include the 007 Stage, 007 Drive, Goldfinger (1964) Avenue and Broccoli Road.

Andrew Smith commented:

“We are thrilled that Ben took time out of his busy schedule to formally open ‘Q’ Stage. Pinewood continues to invest in its infrastructure to ensure it offers all types of production the most state of the art, secure and flexible stages possible. It is even more special to have Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson here to help celebrate and it underlines the very special relationship Pinewood and Eon Productions enjoy.”

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>Scandinavian actresses auditioning for Bond 24 (May 12, 2014)
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>Dave Bautista set to appear in Bond 24 (October 13, 2014)
>Austrian actor Christoph Waltz set to appear in Bond 24 (November 13, 2014)
>Janine Temime is the Costume Designer for Bond 24 (November 27, 2014)
>Opening photocall with cast & crew at Pinewood Studios (December 4, 2014)
>Title and teaser poster revealed for Bond 24 (December 4, 2014)
>Italian actress Monica Bellucci portrays Lucia Sciarra in SPECTRE (December 4, 2014)
>Aston Martin DB10 confirmed to appear in SPECTRE (December 4, 2014)
>British actor Andrew Scott portrays MI5 staffer Denbigh in SPECTRE (December 4, 2014)
>Start of principal photography for SPECTRE in London (December 6, 2014)
>Official press release with details about the SPECTRE filming in Austria (December 10, 2014)
>Belvedere Vodka announces SPECTRE partnership (December 16, 2014)
>Official photocall for SPECTRE in Solden Austria (January 7, 2015)
>Jaguar and Land Rover announces SPECTRE partnership (February 9, 2015)
>First look at SPECTRE includes behind the scenes video (February 12, 2015)
>Official photocall for SPECTRE in Rome (February 18, 2015)
>SPECTRE released at cinemas in Sweden (November 4, 2015)
>Global cinema release for SPECTRE (November 6, 2015)

Editor's note:
For more news on Bond 24 featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Ben Whishaw opens the 'Q' Stage at Pinewood Studios, 4th December, 2013. © Pinewood Shepperton PLC. All rights reserved.

For more details about the new 'Q' Stage at Pinewood Studios, visit the official website:
www.pinewoodgroup.com/our-studios/uk/pinewood-studios/stages/q-stage-pw
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