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26 November 2002 1121 GMT
Die Another Deepdale: James Bond on location
Pic: A hut in a field.
A paddy field in North Korea or deepest Norfolk?
James Bond has battled with evil and romanced the ladies in some exotic locations from Hawaii to Hong Kong...and now Burnham Deepdale in North Norfolk.

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When the makers of the latest James Bond film, Die Another Day, were scouting for locations in the Far East they decided to look to East Anglia.

Although the weather may not match that of Asian climes, the filmmakers thought the flat fields of Burnham Deepdale, near King's Lynn, would be an ideal substitute for North Korean paddy fields.

A 35-strong crew pulled up at Deepdale Farm in April, together with a Lambourghini sports car and enough materials to build a wooden shack.

Pic: Lambourghini stuck in a field.
Who would park a Lambourghini so carelessly? Bond, James Bond.

The Norfolk scenes appear during a dramatic sequence near the end of the 20th Bond epic.

Landowner Alister Borthwick spent a month transforming part of his farm into the water-filled paddy fields, after the film crew asked him to set up an experiment to see if it would work.

"They were looking for somewhere where they could recreate a little bit of Korea," said Mr Borthwick.

"It meant they didn't have to take the whole crew out there and all the special effects."

Mr Borthwick also had to find beds in the village for 35 film crew, but unfortunately Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry weren't among those needing accommodation.

"Norfolk's a long way for them to come up here from Pinewood, so all they did was sent a stunt man up here and all the set designers," he said.

Mr Borthwick has yet to see Die Another Day, but he is pleased to hear that the Norfolk scenes were included in the final cut as he feared they may be edited out.

"We generated all these little walls to hold the water and then pumped the water out of the ditch and then we had to let it go again as they set up," said Mr Borthwick.

"Having worked four weeks to create it they were only up here for one day filming and then they only took a few seconds," he added.

Die Another Day opens in cinemas across the UK on Friday 22 November.

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