For information about Beachy Head or to speak with people involved in tourism for the local area, please contact:
T. 01323 423 878
Address: Beachy Head
Gilbert Estate Office
A number of classic films, television commercials and documentaries have been made using the dramatic setting of the white cliffs and surrounding countryside of Beachy Head. Films include
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- The Life and Loves of a She Devil
- Battle of Britain
- Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
- The War Games - Doctor Who 1965
- James Bond, The Living Daylights
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
There are also a few less popular but very good home made versions:
Spitfires and Hurricanes over Beachy Head
The Living Daylights involved a sequence of Bond parachuting out of a Land Rover in Gibraltar which was actually filmed at Beachy Head. Vehicles were catapulted over the cliff with dummies extracted by fishing line to release the parachute upon exiting. The first shot was scrapped due to onlookers being visible in the background. The filming took on its own action movie, when the boat at the bottom of the cliffs positioned to film the descent got into difficulty in a heavy swell, and the local Birling Gap lifeboats were launched to pull the crew off the cliffs, resulting in bravery awards for some members.
When the film opened in Eastbourne, Desmond Llewelyn (aka Q), who lived locally at Bexhill, attended with some 'Bond gadgets' as a thank you. Part of the filming contract stipulated that remnants of impacted vehicles some 550 ft below had to be cleared up.
In addition, pop videos are made here, as well as fashion shoots, and in November 2007 The Beachy Head Brewery featured as part of ITV1's Country Lives television series.