THE GREAT ROUTE OF FILM BY ANDALUSIA
Sean Connery

A cinema gallant in love with Andalusia.

Sean Connery (Edinburgh, 1930) is one of those actors who are part of the history of cinema. Globally known for playing James Bond in seven films, between 1962 and 1983, the Scottish actor has shot in Andalusia  several times, embodying agent 007 in one of them. The performer, considered at the time ‘the sexiest man alive’, worked in several productions filmed in Andalusia and has always recognized to be in love with our region, to the point of having a house in Marbella for many years.

Six movies, four provinces.

‘The hill’ (1965) – Almería
‘Shalako’ (1968) – Almería
”The wind and the lion’ (1975) – Almería, Granada and Huelva
‘Cuba’ (1979) – Cádiz
‘007 Never say never again’ (1983) – Almería
‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989) – Almería and Granada

“The only place I knew that could guarantee us good weather was Almeria, because nowadays it’s very expensive to take a big team anywhere, just to sit and wait till the sun comes out”.

Sean Connery (Actor)

 

“We have looked for a very rough land, mountainous, with canyons and that kind of landscape. And of course, Almeria offers all that. There is nothing like Almeria in the United States. ”

Steven Spielberg (Director)

Movie Locations
Tabernas desert, Almería
Almería

Located only 19 miles away from the capital of Almería, this protected Nature Reserve with a surface of 108 square miles, is one of the most portraited landscapes in films,...

Mónsul Beach, Níjar, Almería
Almería

Located in the middle of the Nature Reserve of Cabo de Gata, in the town of Níjar, about 2.5 miles away from San José, you can find the Playa de Monsul beach, one of the most...

Cultural Casino, Almería
Almería

The Cultural Casino of Almeria, former palace of Emilio Pérez, is a historic building classified as a Historic-Artistic Monument since 1982.It is a palatial bourgeois house...

Genoveses Beach, Níjar, Almería
Almería

With an extension of 1180 metres long, you can admire one of the most impressive beaches in the coastline of Almeria, and even the whole Mediterranean Sea. An idyllic place with a...

Castle of La Calahorra, La Calahorra, Granada
Granada

Looking over the city, the castle of La Calahorra, perfectly preserved, is a remarkable piece of the Italian Renaissance which dates backs to 1509. Its basements still house the...

Los Escullos, Níjar, Almería
Almería

Located in the heart of the Nature Reserve of Cabo de Gata, in Níjar, the beach named Playa del Arco is 350 metres long and 40 metres wide, has fine golden sand and features a...

Alcazaba, Almería
Almería

This breathtaking monumental complex is the largest Arab construction in Spain. The Alcazaba we know today started construction in the 10th century and is currently the main...

Alcázar, Jerez, Cádiz
Cádiz

The Alcázar of Jerez, is one of the most emblematic monuments of the city. Its walled enclosure forms a complex defensive system together with the walls, towers and gates.The...

Royal Equestrian School, Jerez, Cádiz
Cádiz

The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art Foundation is a Spanish classical dressage institution located in Jerez de la Frontera, province of Cadiz (Andalusia, Spain). Among...

Cathedral, Cádiz
Cádiz

It is a baroque and neoclassical building. Its construction began in 1722 and was not completed until November 28, 1838. It receives the name of “Santa Cruz on the...

Motril, Granada
Granada

This municipality with a population of more than 60,000 inhabitants is one of the cores in the Tropical Coast of Granada. Its main strong points are agriculture (avocado, custard...

Port of Almerimar, Almería
Almería

The Almerimar Marina is located on the western coast of the province of Almeria, between Punta de los Baños and Punta Entinas-Sabinar, in the so-called San Miguel Bay. It is the...

Salt Marshes, Cabo de Gata, Almería
Almería

Considered one of the most remarkable Andalusian ecosystems, Cabo de Gata salt mines are the only ones in industrial operation in western Andalusia. They take up approximately 400...

Guadix, Granada
Granada

Located at the foot of Sierra Nevada and very close to the Alpujarra, 60 kilometres far from the city of Granada, Guadix is a city with plenty of history. Occupied since...

Fishermen Quarter, Almería
Almería

El barrio de la Pescadería (Fishermen Quarter), also known as La Chanca is a popular and painteresque quarter in the city of Almeria. The streets still keep some remains of the...

Gold Mines, Rodalquilar, Almería
Almería

Rodalquilar is located in the heart of Natural Park Cabo de Gata – Níjar, 54 kilometres far from the city of Almeria, about 45 minutes by car. It is well-known for its...

Train station, Guadix, Granada
Granada

This train station in the municipality of Guadix offers medium- and long-distance services operated by Renfe. It was built in the urban area of Guadix. A small neighbourhood,...

Beach of Algarrobico, Cabo de Gata-Níjar, Almería
Almería

Located in the area of Cabo de Gata Níjar Nature Reserve, 4 km to the north of Carboneras, it has an extension of 1,350 metres of golden sand. Its characteristic feature is that...

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Anecdotes
Although filmed in Almeria, the antimilitarist melodrama 'The hill' is an unpublished film in Spain.
Perhaps because it was partly shot in the provinces of Almeria and Granada, 'Indiana Jones and the last crusade' is the instalment of the saga with the biggest audience in our country's cinemas, 4.2 million viewers.
If 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' presented for the first time the father of the hero, played by Sean Connery, the series 'The young Indiana Jones', shot three years later (1991) showed the adolescence of the character, played by Sean Patrick Flannery. Interestingly, this series, aired in Spain by Antena 3 in 1993, was also filmed in the province of Almeria.
Throughout his career, Sean Connery returned three times to the beach of Monsul (Almeria), because in this environment scenes of 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', 'Shalako' and 'El viento y el Lion' were filmed.
During the filming of '007. Never say never again', the martial arts instructor, Steven Seagal, who was unknown at the time,  broke Sean Connery's wrist in one of the trainings.
Almeria wasn't in the shooting plans for 'Never Say Never Again', but after shooting in the Bahamas there were some scenes left to shoot, and it was Sean Connery himself who recommended the team to come and shoot in Andalusia.
Steven Spielberg and the location  team of 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' chose the locations to shoot the film from the air, traveling by helicopter throughout the province. In one of the location days, lunchtime was getting closer and the helicopter landed in the parking lot of the “Parador Nacional de Mojácar”, to the amazement of everyone there, who saw the arrival and ate together with the American director and his team.
The parking of the Hotel Parador in Mojácar (Almería) was used as an airport runway for a plane in some scenes in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'.
In the shooting of 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' in Almería, every extra of the 175 who took part in the film earned 8,000 pesetas (48 euros) per shooting day. This tax beard the following costs: 5,000 pesetas (30€) appeared as mandatory in the contract, adding other concepts (1,000 pesetas – 6€- as ‘plus for the costume’: to dress in an unusual way; 800 pesetas (4,8€) for playing with the head shaved…).
During the shooting of 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' in Guadix, in the scene where Marcus start running through the streets in Iskenderun, you can see a local, with his hat, his sash and his jacket, that may slip into the shooting. The same character appears in the scene where Sallah and Marcus met and started a fight with two Nazis. The local is among the group of Arabs who gathered around them. The strange thing is that nobody notices him.
During the shooting of 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' at Guadix Station, the Cinematography Director, Douglas Slocombe, repeatedly changed some elements of the set to adapt the scene to the sunlight changes.
In the famous scene of 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' in which Sean Connery scares some seagulls to hit a Nazi plane, pigeons, which are less aggressive and easier to domesticate, were used.