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Sunday July 15th 2018

Die Hard | 1988

Die Hard: Fox Plaza, 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, Los Angeles
Die Hard location: John McClane defends ‘Nakatomi Tower’: Fox Plaza, 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, Los Angeles

It's Christmas, and John McClane (Bruce Willis), armed with little more than a sweaty singlet, saves a Los Angeles office block from a bunch of terrorists. But he can't stop the whole movie from being shamelessly hijacked by Alan Rickman as histrionic, Teutonic villain Hans Gruber.

The ‘Nakatomi Tower’ is the 34-story Fox Plaza, 2121 Avenue of the Stars, part of the Century City complex, where thousands of dollars worth of Italian marble had to be imported to replace glitzy Fox marble chipped during the slam-bang climax.

Century City, a 180-acre complex of malls, towers and entertainment centres, is the chunk of 20th Century-Fox's backlot sold off to cover the company’s losses back in the 1960s, but still regularly pressed into service as a movie backdrop. It’s south of Santa Monica Boulevard, just southwest of Beverly Hills.