Tomb Raider 2
Director: Jan de Bont
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Terry Sheridan, Jonathan Reiss, Chris Barrie, Noah Taylor, Djimon Hounsou, Til Schweiger, Simon Yam, Terence Yin, Daniel Caltagirone, Fabiano Martell, Jonathan Coyne, Robert Cavanah, Ronan Vibert, Lenny Juma.
Beddgelert in glorious north wales became china for this all action film
Angelina Jolie returns as the pouting adventurer in this 2003 sequel to the original 2001 Tomb Raider movie. Directed by Jan de Bont, it tells the tale of Lara’s attempt to find Pandora’s Box. The mythical box is said to hold the Cradle of Life; a mysterious orb that is believed to be some kind of map.
Angelina is joined by Gerard Butler, Ciarán Hinds, Chris Barrie and Noah Taylor in this action adventure which sees Lara travelling around the globe from Greece to Shanghai and from Hong Kong to Kilimanjaro in her quest.
The film was made with a large budget and was unfortunately not well received domestically. It relied on overseas takings to return a profit and this then coincided with a downturn for the Tomb Raider series of games. The latest of which, Angel of Darkness, had been rushed out to the shelves to coincide with the release of the film, despite having some problems and not being properly finished and checked.
The proposed third movie in the series was subsequently scrapped some time in 2004, following the poor response to the game and movie the year before.
Although some of the film was shot internationally and on location, the Greek Temple and African Cave scenes were filmed in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire at the Albert R Broccoli 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios. Some of the Chinese scenes were filmed in China, but the film was actually banned in China for allegedly depicting China as having secret societies.
Hatfield House at Hatfield in Hertfordshire is another British location that can be seen in the film. This Jacobean treasure is steeped in history dating back to both Elizabethan and Victorian times. This palatial residence is home to the 7th Marquess of Salisbury and houses many events in its magnificent grounds.
Wales also features in the list of filming locations. You can see the Alexandra Slate Quarry in Gwynedd and Llyn Gwynant also in Gwynned. The campsite at Llyn Gwynant is in the very heart of Snowdonia and is a popular site for those wishing to experience the breathtaking outdoor environment of Snowdonia, with its many walks and views.
Wales is a popular holiday destination for visitors from all over Britain and the rest of the world. Its rugged landscapes make it a natural for those seeking more active holidays, but it also possess traditional Victorian style seaside resorts such as Colwyn Bay and Llandudno on the northern coast.
Places to stay nearby:
Stay at Sygun Fawr Country House in the beautiful countryside around Beddgelert or Seiont Manor Hotel in nearby Caernarfon
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