The Sky is Fall-ing! Things start to heat up for James Bond as his countryside lodge is destroyed in a huge explosion
09:21 GMT, 26 March 2012
The film's crew and designers spent months building the replica building in the middle of the English countryside to create the perfect mansion worthy of a secret agent.
But in true action film style, nothing ever stays standing or intact for too long.
And last night, James Bond's countryside lodge was destroyed in a huge explosion as more scenes were filmed for the upcoming 007 film.
Bond is burning: 007's Skyfall Lodge is hit by a huge explosion in scenes filmed this weekend on the Surrey set for the upcoming film
Flames soaring hundreds of feet in the air were seen right across Surrey as the purpose-built mansion was set on fire.
It made for an impressive sight as the plywood and plaster stone building was engulfed in flames.
Surprisingly, considering how quickly the flames spread, the scene was actually shot over a couple of nights.
The Sky is Fall-ing: The flames shot hundreds of feet in the air and could be seen for miles around
According to onlookers, the fire is started in the scenes by Javier Bardem who was seen by the lodge surrounded by a camera crew.
His malevolent character – called Silva – and his gang are filmed throwing an incendiary device into the lodge.
Ironically, the Spanish star was banned from smoking on set last week because of the fire risk.
Call the fire brigade! The flames started off small as they began to lick the house…
… and was believed to have started at the main entrance to Bond's family home
Even though the house and the set were razed to the ground last night, Bardem, 43, was asked not to light up in case he accidentally started a fire too early.
A source told the Sun: 'Javier loves his cigarettes and is always
smoking on set to pass the time. The Skyfall lodge has been built in a
field with some pretty dry grass, though. It wouldn't take much for one
of his butts to catch alight.
'They've had word with him and he keeps
well away now when on a smoke break.'
Take that, James! Javier Bardem's character and his gang are surrounded by film crew as they shoot the fire scene
Bond's ancestry up in flames: The fire soon began to take hold as the film crew captured every flame
The Oscar winner was first seen on set as the crew shot scenes in London's Whitehall earlier this month, dressed as a Metropolitan police officer.
In a blonde wig, he was almost unrecognisable as he stood there in full uniform about to wreak havoc for Bond and the British government.
At the press conference to promote the film a few months ago, Javier was asked about playing a Bond villian, to which he replied: 'Who told you a villain is a bad person
Masterpiece: The purpose-built mansion, made from plywood and plaster, was seen in all its glory as filming started on the Surrey set earlier this month
'For me, it's an honour to be at this table for many reasons. It will be fun to do.'
The lodge in Surrey was first seen
earlier this month when Daniel Craig, who plays the Secret Service
agent, was snapped on the set.
He was seen walking into and around the artificial house in Surrey, which for the shoot doubled up as Scotland.
Alone in thought: Daniel Craig, as Bond, was snapped near and around the house during filming
And local photographer Lucy Browne was allowed near and on the set to document the filming.
She posted a selection of photos of
everything from gravestones bearing the names of Bond's ancestors to a
fleet of identical Land Rovers and wrote: 'I think what I saw will settle the
question of whether this set is Bond’s family home or some sort of
Up to no good: Javier Bardem was first seen filming for Skyfall in Whitehall in London earlier this month disguised as a Metropolitan Police officer