Bond’s back in business

The set of James Bond film Casino Royale, which was ravaged by a fire that broke out on Sunday, “will need to be demolished and rebuilt” according to the studio that owns it.
The legendary Pinewood Studios near London was left in “a complete mess” with the celebrated soundstage irreparable.

However, Pinewood says the rest of its studios would be fully operational “by the end of Tuesday”.

A statement from Pinewood said, “The Board has not been able to assess the full effects of this incident. However, its preliminary view is that this is unlikely to have any material impact on the financial performance of the company for the full year.” It is the second time the stage, originally built for the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, has been destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt flowing a blaze in 1984 which left six people needing treatment for burns, smoke inhalation and shock.

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