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
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.
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
"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.