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Pinewood Studios is a major British film studio situated approximately 20 miles west of London among the pine trees on what was the estate of Heatherden Hall, near the village of Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.

They were created in 1934 by Charles Boot and built within 12 months by the Henry Boot Company of Sheffield. Boot drew his inspiration from the latest Hollywood movie studios. J. Arthur Rank later took control of both Pinewood and Denham Film Studios which were often used by producer Alexander Korda.

Pinewood is now managed together with Shepperton Studios, which is the other leading British production location. Both studios are linked to the media network Sohonet.

Some films include footage of the studios themselves, rather than just being made in the studios. Peeping Tom (1960) shows people driving out through the main gate and has various shots in the studios (showing things behind the camera), offices & corridors. Return to the Edge of the World (1978) includes shots of Director Michael Powell driving into the studio.

Production history

Since its beginning Pinewood Studios has been the location for many well-known productions, including the James Bond, Dracula and Carry On series of films. Notable Pinewood productions include:

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