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Bond film stage to be demolished
Pinewood fire
The soundstage had previously been rebuilt after a fire in 1984
The studio containing the set for the latest James Bond film which was destroyed by fire will be demolished, Pinewood Studios has confirmed.

Filming on Casino Royale had recently finished and the set was being dismantled when the fire broke out at the Buckinghamshire studio on 30 July.

The building did not have sprinklers fitted, according to the film company that rents out the space.

No date has been set for the demolition to begin.

'Knocked down'

A Pinewood Shepperton spokesman said: "The inside will be cleared and rebuilding work will begin as quickly as possible. It will be knocked down."

He said it was too early to estimate the cost of the damage.

It is still not clear what caused the fire that took 60 firefighters 90 minutes to bring under control.

Fraser Pearson from the Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said the investigation into the cause of the blaze had been completed and a formal report would be made to the company within "two to three weeks".

Second fire

Three people escaped uninjured from the 007 complex when the fire broke out.

Part of the corrugated metal warehouse's stage had been transformed into Venice for several scenes in the film.

Spy Who Loved Me set
The stage was built for the tanker sequence in The Spy Who Loved Me

It is the second time the stage, originally built for the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, has been destroyed by fire.

The building was previously rebuilt following a fire in 1984 that left six people needing treatment for burns, smoke inhalation and shock.

Since its reopening, when it was christened the Albert R Broccoli 007 Stage after the long-time producer of the series, it has been used in five James Bond films.

Other films to have used its facilities include Mission: Impossible, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Tomb Raider movies.

The building also housed the Fortress of Solitude set used in the first two Superman films and the replica of the Louvre gallery seen in The Da Vinci Code.

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