Satellite image of the Gara Medouar crater. Despite looking like a crater or a volcano, the formation is eroded rock from millions of years ago. Gara Medouar Gara Medouar … SPECTRE‘s “meteorite crater” (lair of the evil villain Blofeld, né Oberhauser) was actually filmed in an extinct volcano outside the Moroccan city of Erfoud named Gara Medouar. Through the heavy use in film and frequent visits by tourists in the area, the vast natural fortress is today littered with plastic bottles and plaster remains from constructions needed for filming. Gara Medouar is of unbeatable natural beauty, and after climbing the narrow track that leads to the top of the formation, we come to a natural viewpoint with panoramic scenes. Filming Locations. The road to this rock formation is gravel and sand. In the last seven years, there have been many celebrations across the globe[...], The wait was finally over when production of the 25th film of the Bond franchise was officially launched today in Jamaica. It is nicknamed that way because it was the place where sub-Saharan slaves were sold to Portugal in the 19th century. The place is unusual and photogenic and several films have used it as a location: James Bond’s Spectre 007 (2015), The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2000) or Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) were filmed at Gara Medouar. Gara Medouar es una impresionante formación rocosa en forma de circo que hace de fortaleza natural y que se sitúa en la región Marroquí de Draa-Tafilalet.Gara Medouar es uno de los lugares más impactantes de entre los que se pueden divisar desde una carretera en Marruecos. Whenever a James Bond film turns 50, it is celebrated in style. You can find the report here and a geographical map here (in French). When you think, this remote location in Morocco doesn’t have a Bond connection beside its appearance in “Spectre”, you will be surprised to learn that it was also used as a filming location for “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010) for which it served as the Valley of the Slaves. Your source for in-depth James Bond News, Analysis and Featured Reports. The u-shaped Gara Medouar has an impressive elevation of 858 meters. Despite looking like a crater or a volcano, the formation is eroded rock from millions of years ago. Nicknamed “the Portuguese Prison”, Gara Medouar once provided caravans with shelter during sandstorms and was later used as a base for the moroccan military for many years. Copyright © 2020. When you think, this remote location in Morocco doesn’t have a Bond connection beside its appearance in “Spectre”, you will be surprised to learn that it was also used as a filming location for “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010) for which it served as the Valley of the Slaves. Located outside Erfoud, Morocco, along the N12 road connecting Merzouga to Alnif, the Gara Medouar is a sedimentary rock formation which by the erosion processes had taken on the appearance of a crater. At one point in its history, the formation was also used as a temporary holding area for slaves being sold from Africa to Portugal. Benjamin Lind became a James Bond fan at the age of 15 and has since closely followed the production of every film since 'Tomorrow Never Dies'. Required fields are marked *. The location was also heavily used in the 1988 Italian-German TV miniseries “The Secret of the Sahara”, starring Michael York, Andie MacDowell and Ben Kingsley. Although it is known as a Portuguese prison, it was not exactly a prison. Despite being in the middle of the entrance to the Sahara desert, it must be remembered that during the winter, temperatures drop considerably at night, usually reaching 35,6°F. Your e-mail address will not be published. De Gara Medouar is een hoefijzervormige rotsformatie ter hoogte van het plaatsje Sijilmasa in Marokko. Nicknamed the Portuguese Prison due to his use as a sheltered area for the slave trade from Africa to Portugal, the rock formation was also used as a Moroccan military base. The road to this rock formation is gravel and sand. Your email address will not be published. 1 Not having seen the movie itself, I did find a behind-the-scenes look at a massive (and apparently record-breaking) explosion filmed for the movie that gives us a good look at the outside of the ancient caldera. Some warm clothes are necessary. Gara Medouar has actually appeared in other films before, most notably the 1999 adventure film “The Mummy” and its sequel “The Mummy Returns” (2000) where it was used as the ancient Egyptian city of the dead “Hamunaptra” in the spring of 1998. Gara Medouar is 2.800 ft above sea level. Located just 26 minutes outside Erfoud in Morocco in the Errachidia Providence, Gara Medouar is actually a rock formation, a remnant of Cambrian/Devonian sediments as a recent study by the Institute of Geology and Hydrogeology of the Neuchâtel university in Switzerland revealed. While the latest Bond film “Spectre” features some truly magnificent locations, the volcano lair of villain Oberhauser does not possess the significance of earlier evil hideouts and is only seen briefly in its 20 minute screentime. Gara Medouar is 2.800 ft above sea level. Gara Medouar is of unbeatable natural beauty, and after climbing the narrow track that leads to the top of the formation, we come to a natural viewpoint with panoramic scenes. SPECTRE breaks Guinness World Record. The mountain of land and sand of Gara Medouar, which can be seen from afar, is 7 kilometers west of the town of Risani and can be seen from the same road (Moroccan N12) that heads southwest. However, nothing of that sort has ever been found. The formation is reminiscent of the crater of a volcano, but it is not. The meteorite crater's exterior was filmed in June 2015 around a crater called Gara Medouar near the Moroccan city of Erfoud. Gara Medouar, vistas desde arriba Aunque se le conoce como cárcel portuguesa , no fue exactamente una cárcel, y se le apoda así porque fue el lugar donde se mantenían a los esclavos subsaharianos vendidos a Portugal en el siglo XIX . It’s a minor connection but a neat coincidence. In 2016, Lind released a charity documentary film entitled 'A Bond For Life - How James Bond changed my Life' in support of UNICEF. Gara de Medouar, a James Bond location in Morocco .