The Moonraker , 1958


David MacDonald


visit the film locations

Kent: Leeds Castle, four miles east of Maidstone (tel: 01622.765400) on the B2163 (rail: Bearsted, South Eastern from London Victoria)

Wiltshire: Lacock Abbey, three miles from Chippenham (Great Western Main Line from London Paddington)

Visit: Stonehenge.


Stonehenge also appears in classic Fifties chiller Night of the Demon

Leeds Castle is home to the d’Ascoyne family in Kind Hearts and Coronets

See the Harry Potter films to see the interior of Lacock Abbey as ‘Hogwarts’ classrooms.

The Moonraker location: Leeds Castle, Kent

The Moonraker location: The headquarters of Oliver Cromwell: Leeds Castle, Kent

Not to be confused with the similarly-titled 1979 Bond movie, The Moonraker is a colourful Civil War swashbuckling suspenser.

The opening scene, with Cavalier Earl of Dawlish (George Baker) meeting his fellow conspirators, is at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. There is a Bond connection. George Baker, who appears as heraldry expert Sir Hilary Bray in Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was once in the frame to play 007.

The HQ of Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell (John Le Mesurier) is Leeds Castle, east of Maidstone, Kent, most famous on screen as the home of the aristocratic d’Ascoyne family in the Ealing classic Kind Hearts and Coronets.

The Moonraker location: Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

The Moonraker location: The Royalist house: Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

The Royalist house raided by Cromwell’s troops is also more famous from another film. Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, is one of the Hogwarts locations in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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