Reform Club, London, UK

M and Tanner in the Reform Club in Quantum of Solace.
M and Tanner in the Reform Club in Quantum of Solace.
photo © MGM, Danjaq
photo © MGM, Danjaq
Die Another Day fencing scene filmed in the Reform Club
photo © MGM, Danjaq

photo © MGM, Danjaq
Top: Frost, Graves and Bond settle up in Die Another Day. Bottom: M and Tanner in Quantum of Solace. Both scenes filmed at the Reform Club main hall.
photo © MGM, Danjaq

photo © MGM, Danjaq
Top: Frost, Graves and Bond settle up in Die Another Day. Bottom: M and Tanner in Quantum of Solace. Both scenes filmed at the Reform Club main hall.
photo © MGM, Danjaq

The Reform Club in London appears in two James Bond films: Die Another Day in 2002 and Quantum of Solace in 2008.

Reform Club is a private members club on the south side of Pall Mall, in what is often called London's Clubland.

The Reform Club was founded in 1836 and the founders commissioned a leading architect of the day, Sir Charles Barry, to build an imposing and palatial clubhouse (Barry also redesigned the Houses of Parliament and Highclere Castle, now famous for its appearance in the tv series Downton Abbey). The Reform Club building opened its doors in 1841. Membership was restricted to those who pledged support for the Great Reform Act of 1832, and it became a political headquarters of the Liberal Party. The Reform Club is currently no longer associated with any particular political party.

Die Another Day
In Die Another Day (2002) the Reform Club doubles as 'Blades', a fencing club where James Bond meets villain Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) and Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike). The scene starts with a fencing class, overseen by fencing teacher Verity (played by Madonna). This part is filmed at the Pinewood Studios. Bond enters the room and meets Verity and Graves challenges Bond to a fencing duel. Bond and Graves play an intense fencing and sword fight game, which leads out of the practice room into other parts of the club. Some scenes on the first floor (with red carpet and large columns) were filmed at the Reform Club. The outside fighting scene around the fountain is in a studio again. When Bond and Graves settle up downstairs, we're once again inside the Reform Club, at the main hall, just behind the entrance of the club.

The fencing equipment used in the scene was provided by Leon Paul, a London based fencing equipment manufacturer (read more).

'Blades' is a name for a club used by Ian Fleming in several James Bond novels, most notably Moonraker.

Quantum of Solace
The scene where M meets the Foreign Secretary in Quantum of Solace was also filmed in the Reform Club. First we see M (Judi Dench) and Bill Tanner walk in the main hall of the Reform Club (with the beautiful floor and columns), and then M meets the Foreign Secretary in one of the rooms on the first floor.

Trivia
The club is mentioned in Jules Verne's novel Around the World in Eighty Days; the main charcater Phileas Fogg is a member of the Reform Club. Fogg sets out to circumnavigate the world on a bet from his fellow members, beginning and ending at the club.

The Reform Club is not open for the public, so you need to be a member or be invitated by a member to get in. Photography is not allowed and appropriate clothing (tie, jacket) is required.

Reform Club
104 Pall Mall
City of Westminster, SW1Y, London
United Kingdom

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