Top 10 films shot in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, one of the Venice of the North
Amsterdam is nicknamed, like Bruges in Belgium, Saint Petersburg in Russia or Stockholm in Sweden, the Venice of the North. Its many flooded streets, historic sites and colourful houses provide an ideal setting for multiple shoots. Discover the top 10.
The Fault in Our Stars
In this film, three teenagers with cancer travel to Amsterdam to meet a novelist. Among the filming locations, Peter Van Houten’s house at 158 Vondelstraat, the Hotel Pillows Anna van den Vondel, known in the film as Hotel De Filosoof, where the three heroes are staying, and finally the famous bench at the end of this street in Leidsegracht near Herengracht are easily recognisable.
The shooting of one of the scenes in this film caused a great deal of fright to many inhabitants. A chase between the police and several vehicles including cars, motorcycles and boats took place in the streets of the city. A local resident, Bry Kate, was able to film several of her spectacular scenes, but without any danger.
Having to find 197 million dollars in only two weeks, the gang of Danny Ocean (Georges Clooney) is reuniting for more impressive heists. These different flights take them to Amsterdam, Rome, Paris and Sicily. Kalverstraat, a busy shopping street, the Original Dampkring coffee shop and the Pulitzer Hotel appear on the screen.
A Dutch film directed by Paul Verhoeven, Turkish Delights is provocative, beautiful, deeply political and dramatic. Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1974, the feature film won the Golden Calf for Best Dutch Film of the Century at the Dutch Film Festival. It is therefore difficult to miss filming locations in Amsterdam such as the Prins Hendrikkade Avenue located north of the city centre.
Diamonds are Forever
Coming to Amsterdam to meet Tiffany Case (Jill St John), James Bond (Sean Connery) also takes advantage of the city’s landscape. The channels are mainly used for filming, as well as the Magere Brug. This bascule bridge rises several times a day to let barges pass and is illuminated in the evening by 1,200 lanterns. So shooting here was a brilliant idea.
Diamonds are Forever
From the Magere Brug Bridge, Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith) photograph a corpse recovered from the Amstel. A bascule bridge of this type has existed at this location since 1670. The present structure dates from 1871 but was renovated in 1969 to allow the passage of cars. Returning to the role of James Bond, Sean Connery asked for the modest sum of $1.25 million in compensation. When the film was released, the actor paid the entire salary to the foundation he co-created, the Scottish International Education Trust. This allows Scottish students with exceptional abilities to benefit from a scholarship.Read more
Bad Boys II
Miami in the Netherlands, a dream that seemed impossible and yet, Michael Bay made it happen. A chase sequence from this action film was shot in the port of Amsterdam. Impossible to know if sailors were singing there, but knowing the habits of the American director, the outboard motors must have resounded throughout the city.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Adapted from Tracy Chevalier’s novel, itself inspired by the famous painting by Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring also takes advantage of the beauty of the city streets for the filming, although most of the scenes were shot in the painter’s hometown, Delft.
The Diary of Anne Frank
Anne Frank, known worldwide for her famous diary, is of course an essential author of Amsterdam. His house, located at Prinsengracht numbers 263-267, is a place of pilgrimage that must be visited.
The Bourne Supremacy
Amsterdam is one of the cities where Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) goes on his quest for revenge. However, the city was only filmed in a few wide shots, the film crew actually went to Berlin for the scenes concerning the Dutch city.
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
The film deals with a news item: the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, grandson of the founder of the famous Dutch beer brand. The shooting of this detective film took place in Belgium, in New Orleans and in Amsterdam, notably on the Amstelveld, a small square in the city.
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Find in this James Bond event box set the 24 films of the saga!
– Dr No (1962)
– From Russia with Love (1963)
– Goldfinger (1964)
– Thunderball (1965)
– You Only Live Twice (1967)
– On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
– Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
– Live and Let Die (1973)
– The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
– The Spy Who Loved Me (1976)
– Moonraker (1979)
– For Your Eyes Only (1981)
– Octopussy (1983)
– A View to a Kill (1985)
– The Living Daylights (1987)
– Licence to Kill (1989)
– GoldenEye (1995)
– Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
– The World Is Not Enough (1999)
– Die Another Day (2002)
– Casino Royale (2006)
– Quantum of Solace (2008)
– Skyfall (2012)
– Spectre (2015)
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By Damien Duarte
Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !