Places that could be used as villain lair locations

CigaretteLeiterCigaretteLeiter United States
What are some places that just reek of that "Blofeld's holed up somewhere in here" vibe, that could be used as filimg locations in future movies?

I'm a fan of the Mt. Washington weather observatory (in New Hampshire, USA), which, in addition to looking a bit like Piz Gloria, is also known for the near-fatal levels of windchill recorded in the area.
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The No Man's Fort, off the coast of Solent, England seems like the perfect place for a modern SPECTRE island.

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The Aqua Dome Hotel in Tirol, Austria, looks like there's a radio tower that connects to a weaponized satellite hidden in that cone.

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  • CigaretteLeiterCigaretteLeiter United States
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    The interior of the Aqua Dome looks like it's rife with potential pirahna feeding pools for you to toss an incompetent mook into!
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
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    I've been advocading for Mont St. Michael for quite some time. It's on the northern french coast

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    Tour de France had a stage once which took the cyclist along the coastline where Mont St. Michael is located. It looked fantastic!
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    M_Balje wrote: »

    This one made me think of the underground aqueducts in Istanbul/FRWL!
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    Observation tower of the UFO Bridge, Bratislava:

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  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Hamburg, near the Atlantic Hotel
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    Schloss Marienburg ("the North German Neuschwanstein"), owned by Prince Ernst August of Hanover, jr. (the son of the guy who is the husband of Caroline of Monaco, Grace Kelly's daughter...to put it in film buff terms). Junior is trying to sell the 19th century castle to the state of Lower Saxony for one Euro because he can't finance the upkeep...while his father says he endowed his son with enough dough to do so. But perhaps a healthy contribution from film producers would be welcome to relieve the local taxpayers, which include myself.
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  • ThunderballThunderball playing Chemin de Fer in a casino, downing Vespers
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    Haydar Aliyev Culture Center, Baku, Azerbaijan.

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  • M_BaljeM_Balje Amsterdam, Netherlands
    edited January 21 Posts: 3,767
    Twine ;) house

    Very No Time To Die style..

    https://www.dezeen.com/2019/10/10/twine-house-twisting-concrete-concept-antony-gibbon/

    This one have a bit of QOS hotel and Asian feeling.

    https://www.dezeen.com/2020/10/23/engawa-house-santiago-valdivieso-stefano-chilerolla

    Fact there be some people walking in front or on it give a realy Bond feeling.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    The twine house looks cool.
    Good for a plot twist? (See what I did there?;)
  • Putin's palace has been in the news the last few days - it's an excellent lair, complete with an underground ice rink, vineyards, a hookah parlour, golden toilet brushes, and more!

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    https://rferl.org/a/photos-of-palace-allegedly-belonging-to-russian-president-vladimir-putin/31053780.html
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    Putin's palace has been in the news the last few days - it's an excellent lair, complete with an underground ice rink, vineyards, a hookah parlour, golden toilet brushes, and more!

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    https://rferl.org/a/photos-of-palace-allegedly-belonging-to-russian-president-vladimir-putin/31053780.html

    Should be plain sailing to convince Putin into letting EON film there... ;)
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    The Red Sands Fort at the Thames Estuary. Already used in Doctor Who, and I think an episode of Danger Man :

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  • __M____M__ MidwestUSA
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    Somewhere near Martha's Vineyard.
  • DenbighDenbigh UK
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    The abandoned Hotel Belvedere in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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    I love seeing abandoned places, creep but cool. We have a show in the UK called Abandoned Engineering. Pretty cool show if you like that sort of the thing. :-bd
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    Putin's palace has been in the news the last few days - it's an excellent lair, complete with an underground ice rink, vineyards, a hookah parlour, golden toilet brushes, and more!

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    https://rferl.org/a/photos-of-palace-allegedly-belonging-to-russian-president-vladimir-putin/31053780.html

    t even comes with a villain, to make things easy...
  • edited July 31 Posts: 121
    I would love to see a Bond villain lair somewhere in the exclusion zone on the island of Montserrat that was established after the volcano there erupted in the 90s, especially in the ghost town of Plymouth that used to be their capital city.
  • edited October 17 Posts: 256
    Gerard wrote: »
    The Red Sands Fort at the Thames Estuary. Already used in Doctor Who, and I think an episode of Danger Man :

    Lots of wonderful suggestions here and I was just thinking about that one myself, I saw it on "Dangerman"

    Or how about this...

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    The house was completed in 1993 but its interior designer, John Vugrin, spent another few years with the finishing touches. It is an otherworldly space made of concrete, steel and glass, nestled into a rocky hillside in the Mojave Desert. The works began in 1988, two years after the couple met the architect for the first time.

    Its heavy walls and rib-like structure make it look like a robust shelter during desert storms. It is a 4,643 square foot space with 26 columns that fan out of its rooflines like wings. Its sturdiness was successfully tested back in 1992, during the Landers earthquake.

    During the construction, the Doolittles lived in a nearby home and finally took up residence in the early 2000s. Today, the couple hopes to downsize and live a simpler life, which is why have decided to sell the property. The gorgeous Doolittle home is one of many luxury properties currently on the market of the Coachella Valley area.
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    @Seve
    That looks incredible!
  • edited October 22 Posts: 38
    The Doolittle home is almost too beautiful to be a villain lair, but it looks very 1960s Bond, especially the inside!

    Trying to think of a building that would be (1) utilitarian if not futuristic, or failing that, relatively ugly and (2) at a remote/scenic location, my top candidate would be the building on top of Monte San Salvatore above Lugano:

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    There is also this one on Monte Bre directly opposite, but IMO it is too small and pretty:
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    ...or, for a spot of gambling, there is the truly horrible casino on the same lake:
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    There is also this abominable eyesore of a hotel above Lake Como (so long as the swimming pool can be covered up), but the lake just featured in CR so it may be repetitive:
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    ...and at the risk of retreading OHMSS territory, there are any number of mountain huts/refuges that are above the vegetation line that could do quite well, such as these:
    Simonyhutte (Austria)
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    Rifugio Vajolet (Italy)
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    Jungfraujoch (Switzerland, close to Piz Gloria where OHMSS was filmed)
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    Kulmhotel Gornergrat (Switzerland)
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    or the nearby Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
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    or Rifugio Duca degli Abruzzi (Italy/Switzerland border, also near Mt Matterhorn)
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    ...any of the latter three can be combined with a chase/fight on the Europaweg bridge (not exactly walking distance from these, but who will know?):
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    All these are small-scale lairs, but I guess for a bigger one to remain unnoticed, it would have to be built underground... As an alternative, there are a number of reservoirs in the Alps (at least in Spain, Italy and France) that have flooded villages at the bottom. Perhaps an underwater lair can be concealed in one of these villages. It might be neat to then drain the reservoir and have it emerge, but that would be too similar to the satellite dish reveal in GE.
    Since62 wrote: »
    Putin's palace has been in the news the last few days - it's an excellent lair, complete with an underground ice rink, vineyards, a hookah parlour, golden toilet brushes, and more!

    8042877A-DB59-4657-BA66-0DC5D249DA89_w1597_n_st.jpg

    https://rferl.org/a/photos-of-palace-allegedly-belonging-to-russian-president-vladimir-putin/31053780.html

    It even comes with a villain, to make things easy...

    :)) :)) :))
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