Fun Facts: Movies Filmed in The Bahamas
Posted by: Nassau Paradise Island on December 10, 2014
Here in The Bahamas, we’re well known for our sun, sand, and surf – but did you know we’ve had our fair share of lights, camera, action as well? Warm, pleasant weather year round, crystal-clear water that’s perfect for shooting underwater scenes, and unparalleled beauty make The Bahamas a desirable shooting location. For your next movie night at home, why not pick out a film that was made right here in Paradise? Here are just a few of the dozens of movies to choose from.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954): This beloved classic was filmed in The Bahamas and Jamaica. Some of the special effects were so complicated, a team of 400 technical crew was required to make the scenes look realistic.
Help! (1965): Our very own Paradise Island was one of the locations for this iconic Beatles film, which also saw the Fab Four travel through the UK and Austria.
Splash (1984): This tale about a man and a mermaid that fall in love needed a tropical locale, and Nassau fit the bill!
The Silence of the Lambs (1991): While most of this thriller was shot in the US, Dr. Lecter’s retirement home near the end of the film is located in The Bahamas!
Flipper (1996): While this movie’s storyline takes place in the Florida Keys, it was shot in The Bahamas. Our bright turquoise waters andsunny skies were the perfect backdrop for a movie about a dolphin named Flipper.
Holiday in the Sun (2001): Fans of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen may have enjoyed this movie about twin sisters from Illinois who spend winter break at Atlantis Resort with their parents. Spoiler alert: They have a great vacation!
After the Sunset (2004): This action-packed film stars Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek, as well as a colorful backdrop of Bahamian scenery, featuring the Atlantis andOne&Only resorts.
Into The Blue (2005): With an exciting plot about divers in The Bahamas, Nassau Paradise Island was the natural location choice for this film.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007): With real-life pirates in our history, it’s no surprise The Bahamas was chosen as a locale for shooting two of the popular Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
The Other Woman (2014): Check out this comedy for some good laughs and gorgeous shots of downtown Nassau and Paradise Island. One of the film’s stars, Leslie Mann, raved about The Bahamas in an interview: “We have had the best locations. We get to The Bahamas and we all went into the ocean. We were just like ‘Thank you God!’ We also prayed for good weather, and we got it!”
In addition to this list, who could forget about the James Bond movies filmed here? Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, You Only Live Twice, For Your Eyes Only, Never Say Never Again, and Casino Royale (2006) all feature scenes from The Bahamas, making our islands a favorite destination for the world’s most famous spy.
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