Marbella is a magnet for high profile stars of stage and screen. The resort even hosts its own annual film festival in October. It’s hardly surprising that Marbella’s glitz, glamour and scenery have attracted and fostered long-standing connections with international icons including Antonio Banderas, Sean Connery and Eva Longoria. But, did you know that in addition to charming many stars to visit, Marbella is also a popular location for shooting international film, TV and music videos?
Why Is Marbella a Popular Film Location?
If the climate and wonderful blue skies were not reason enough, the terrain here offers plenty of variety with beaches, white villages and mountains. In fact, the area offers film crews plenty of scope to film here but portray areas as diverse as California and Japan. Add into the mix the fantastic experience film crew can have in Marbella, the possibility of glamorous after parties and hopefully some precious time-out on the beach, and it’s not hard to see why it’s a common choice.
Malaga province has already provided the backdrop for shows you may know. The likes of The Crown, a high-profile international series and ToyBoy, the Netflix smash-hit have been filmed in Marbella.
Impressive, but there are more…
The Swish Nominations
Below are the Swish nominations for the best film and media shot in Marbella and the surrounding Region.
The Most Interesting Production- The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 2015
Starring Dame Judi Dench, whilst set in India the location list includes Almeria, Marbella and Malaga.
The Best Big Hit International Movie- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
This adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s classic novel involves scenes at Malaga’s sea front.
The Best Telenovela (Latin Soap Opera) La Reina Del Sur, 2011
This is a successful, ongoing series by Telemundo starring Kate Del Castillo. The story follows the heroine’s plight as she sets up her own drug cartel and all the danger that comes with it. Expect scenes of Malaga, Ceuta and Marbella thrown in for good measure.
The Best Bond Film- You Only Live Twice, 1967
Look twice next time you watch this movie classic. The Marbella area was captured on camera for the iconic Bond film. The mountains above Mijas were used to film a helicopter flight, even though it was set in Japan.
The Most Exciting New Production in 2022 – Kaos
Hugh Grant has recently been filming in Marbella for new Netflix series Kaos. The programme will also feature other parts of Spain. We can’t wait.
The Best Crime Movie -The Business (2005)
Cult classic The Business starring Danny Dyer is set in 1980’s Costa Del Sol’ s underworld. (Or should we say, Costa Del Crime?) Some of the scenes are actually shot in Nerja but depict Puerto Banus.
And just for fun, The Best 80s pop video – Samantha Fox, Nothing’s Gonna Stop me Now
Samantha Fox “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now” was shot in Marbella. Of course it was. All hail the 80s look and big hair!
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