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Tuesday, 11th December 2012
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Bond villain's Japanese hideout

Japanese cinemagoers may have been surprised to see the island of Hashima, also known as Gunkanjima - or Battleship Island - feature in the latest Bond film Skyfall.

The now deserted landmass, which is situated about nine miles off the coast of Japan, was formerly used by Mitsubishi who brought workers to mine the coal on the island's sea bed. 

Eventually the company realised that it was easier to build houses on Hashima itself, rather than ship workers from nearby Nagasaki.

In the film, Javier Bardem's character Raoul Silva has his lair on the island, although in real-life it is now uninhabited.

While Hashima is pictured as the villain's lair in Skyfall, filming of those scenes actually took place at Pinewood Studios in the UK.

It is possible to take a boat trip to the island and its arguably probable this unattractive eyesore will become a more popular tourist destination thanks to the Bond film franchise.

Written by Susan Ballion

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