July 30, 2006

Fire sweeps through UK James Bond film studios

By Kate Holton

LONDON (Reuters) - Fire ripped through the James Bond film
set at Britain's Pinewood Studios on Sunday, destroying
equipment and damaging the building but no one was believed to
be hurt, the fire brigade said.

In a statement, the studios described the fire as serious
and said they did not know how it had started.

"We do not know the extent of the damage to the '007'
stage, although it is believed to be significant," the
statement said.

Filming for the latest James Bond movie "Casino Royale" had
finished and workers had been dismantling the set.

A spokesman for the fire brigade said some 50 firefighters
and eight fire engines were needed to tackle the blaze. Flames
had been seen from many miles away but had now been put out, he

He said three workers were known to have been in the studio
when the fire broke out.

Reuters photographs showed the roof covering the stage had
caved in and the walls were blackened. Firefighters sprayed the
building with foam and water from the ground and from cranes.

Pinewood Studios, set within a former country estate, has
been home to many James Bond films, although in recent years
more filming has been done on location to reduce costs.

The James Bond stage burned to the ground in an accident in
1984 but it was quickly rebuilt for future films.