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King Charles Street in The Good Shepherd

Date posted: 01.02.2007

Robert De Niro directs Academy Award®-nominated film, The Good Shepherd. Universal Pictures releases this espionage drama on 23 February.

Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie star alongside an extensive supporting cast, including Alec Baldwin, Michael Gambon and William Hurt. The story charts the early history of the CIA with Damon playing the character of Edward Wilson, one of the covert founders of this agency.

Wilson holds a sincere belief in American values and dedicates his life to his country. However, this level of dedication comes at a price. Not even his wife or his beloved son can divert him from a path that will force him to sacrifice everything...

This fictional tale, based loosely on real events, was shot between London and New York. Ben Rimmer managed the UK shoot, including a pivotal sequence in King Charles Street.

London is the place that Wilson learns about the British Secret Service. He visits their headquarters and the internal shots of his time there are intercut with external views of King Charles Street.

There is mass hysteria on the streets during a bomb raid. To convey this feeling of public panic and the atmosphere of London in the Blitz nearly 300 extras were used. Shot overnight it was a complicated shoot using lots of equipment. 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is based on King Charles Street and they were very supportive of the shoot. The local police and Transport for London also made this complicated scene possible with sharp response times.

A further sequence was shot in Aldwych Tube Station. This location was dressed as a WW2 air raid shelter.

If you would like to know more about shooting in Westminster please contact the Special Events & Filming Team. They can be contacted on 020 7641 2390 or by email filming@westminster.gov.uk

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