Bond movie portrays the real London

Last updated 11:22 17/08/2012

James Bond actor Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes talk about shooting in London.

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Daniel Craig "closed down" London when he filmed upcoming James Bond movie Skyfall.

The British actor revealed that the film crew descended onto busy streets and even public transport to shoot the highly anticipated blockbuster and locked down the city to get the best shots.

Craig - who is portraying the iconic spy for the third time - said the use of genuine London backdrops plays an important part in the movie.

"We had to see parts of London we hadn't seen before and also use the iconography [of the city] - probably more than you would be able to do in most movies - because Bond opens a few doors... So we got the chance to close down Whitehall and we used the tube and closed down a few tube stations," he told British newspaper The Telegraph.

Daniel added that it was important to him to portray the real London in Skyfall.

He added that he and director Sam Mendes agreed it was crucial to show 007 in his hometown and reveal a different side to the city.

"Sam and I wanted to make it British and it's not some flag-waving thing that either one of us is interested in, it's just about basing Bond in Britain and it's very exciting to get out on the streets and show London for what it is.

"They made it look very beautiful and very dark and sinister at times, but it's Bond's home," he explained.

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