Bond star Daniel Craig films Dragon Tattoo in Barnsbury
BOND star Daniel Craig and acclaimed Fight Club and The Social Network director David Fincher have been spotted in Barnsbury shooting for their latest film.
The Hollywood heavyweights and a cast and crew of 100 descended on leafy Lonsdale Square last Monday to tape a scene for their big-budget remake of the Swedish crime thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The 43-year-old actor, who plays investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, was seen knocking on the door of one of the houses in take after take during the night-time shoot, along with co-star Rooney Mara, who plays the tattooed computer hacker Lisbeth Salander.
Len Tyler, a crime writer who lives in Lonsdale Square, said: “Large white vans rolled into the square with flood-lights, portable loos, catering and miles and miles of cable - and an enormous number of residents chose to walk their dogs very slowly around the square.
“There was a certain amount of trepidation among residents beforehand because we didn’t know what it would involve. But all of us thought it was tremendous fun. Everyone from the film company was lovely - they can make a film of one of my books any time they want.”
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Jonah Coombes, the UK location manager for the film, who lives in Archway, said: “We were shooting at a house for quite an important part of the story. It was a fantastic set. The film company did a good job consulting with residents and we got what we needed for Fincher. His vision of it becoming a film set was really realised.
“I’ve done a number of films with big directors like Anthony Minghella and Michael Winterbottom – but it was a few notches up the ladder to work with Fincher and Daniel Craig.”
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The film is being made by Sony-owned Columbia Pictures and is pencilled in for a December release.
The production team donated �1,000 each to Thornhill Primary School, in Thornhill Road, Islington, and the Ben Kinsella Trust, while the owners of the house where filming took place handed their fee to the Union Chapel Project, in Compton Avenue, Islington.