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Billion Dollar Brain locations ( + Google Earth coordinates )

 


Openingshot of Billion Dollar Brain: King's Cross StationScene where Dalby enters the door to Harry's office

The opening scene of Billion Dollar Brain was filmed from Pentonville Road near King's Cross Station, London . Harry's office can be found at 297 Pentonville Road (the blue door on the photo on the right). At the moment they are renovating the building.

Google Earth

Latitude: 51°31'50.51"N

Longitude: 0° 7'18.69"W


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Harry walks to the telephone booth in Helsinki over the tracks of the famous green trams of Helsinki. The street is called Mannerheimintie. In the back you see the Eduskunta, the parliament building of Finland.

Address of the Parliament
Eduskunta,
00102 HELSINKI
FINLAND

Visiting address of the Parliament
Mannerheimintie 30

Google Earth

Latitude: 60°10'15.92"N

Longitude: 24°56'11.91"E


Harry buys his warm gear in the famous Stockmann departmentstore which still exists.

Stockmann department store
52, Aleksanterinkatu, Helsinki

Google Earth

Latitude: 60°10'7.08"N

Longitude: 24°56'29.90"E


Harry meets Anya for the first time on the ice of the Töölönlahti Bay. The wooden villa of Dr.Kaarna, where Harry finds the killed doctor, is still there. I put an arrow in the photo.

Google Earth

Latitude: 60°10'55.95"N

Longitude: 24°56'9.72"E


Newbegin gets the order to kill an agent (which appears to be Anya) at the Uspensky Cathedral. I added a link to a panorama site of the inside of the building.

Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral
Kanavakatu 1
FI-00160 Helsinki
http://www.ortodoksi.net/tietopankki/suomen_ortodoksinen_kirkko/uspenskin_katedraali_iso.htm

Google Earth

Latitude: 60°10'6.59"N

Longitude: 24°57'35.19"E


The villa Leo and Anya are living in is the home and studio of Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931). The villa is nowadays a museum and open to the public. Some of the interior scenes were probably filmed in the villa (it was designed as a painting studio with large windows after all), at least the paintings on the walls are by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Some of the paintings are visible also in the behind the scenes section of this site, where makes love to Anya. (thanks to Toni)

Gallen-Kallelan Museo
Gallen-Kallelan tie 27, 02600 Espoo
http://www.gallen-kallela.fi/english.html

Google Earth

Latitude: 60°12'22.28"N

Longitude: 24°50'17.05"E


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The place where the small plane takes off (and lands) and takes Harry and Dr. Eiwort to Latvia was filmed at the airport of Malmi, North of Helsinki. new

Google Earth

Latitude:  60°15'5.02"N

Longitude:  25° 2'34.38"O

 


The Latvian town where Harry arrives after his flight from Finland was filmed in Porvoo, a town 50 km East of Helsinki. According to Toni the station was a prop. Other scenes with the 'Latvian resistance' were also filmed in the wooden houses of Porvoo. http://www.porvoo.fi/

Google Earth

Latitude: 60°23'44.65"N

Longitude: 25°39'50.56"E


The lab where Dr. Eiwort prepares the viruses for Latvia, and where Harry tracks Anya again, was situated inside the greenhouse of the Winter Garden

Address: Hammarskjöldintie 1, 00250 Helsinki.

Google Earth

Latitude: 60°11'9.75"N

Longitude: 24°55'54.06"E


Harry is forced by Ross to join the secret service again in front of a Finnish Policestation, located near the famous St. Nicolas church or 'Helsingin tuomiokirkko' or 'Suurkirkko'. The street where the car stopped is called Sofiankatu.

Google Earth

Latitude: 60°10'6.78"N

Longitude: 24°57'6.79"E


The Turku castle nowadays...

The Finnish base of General Midwinter was in the medieval Turku Castle in the town of Turku,Finland. You can find the Turku Castle at Linnankatu 80.

http://www.turku.fi/public/default.aspx?nodeid=4537&culture=en-US&contentlan=2

Google Earth

Latitude: 60°26'7.62"N

Longitude: 22°13'41.83"E


Most locations were found easily because of an email send to me by Toni from Finland. He sent me this email with interesting facts about Billion Dollar Brain locations. Some links are now unfortunately out of order.

The only scenes filmed in Turku ( some 200 km west of Helsinki, www.turku.fi ) seem to be those were the castle is seen. (Is Turku mentioned specifically or is the castle just a generic one?) http://www.turku.fi/museo/english/castle.htm

http://www.turkutouring.fi/matkailijalle_2.phtml?path=MATKAILIJALLE%2FN%E4ht%E4vyydet%2FMuseot&id=182&kieli=englanti

The Latvian town is Porvoo ca 50 km east of Helsinki ( www.porvoo.fi ). This map ( http://helsinkiww.net/pmr/fin/aika2002.html#nahtavyydet ) of a museum railroad shows it nicely: the props (?) station was at number 2 by the river (frozen and not seen clearly in the shots) next to the bridge. "Vanha Porvoo" in the upper left corner of the map is the old town with wooden houses were some of the scenes were filmed. All other scenes I can identify were filmed in or around Helsinki.

These locations include Main Post Office (the tall yellow brick building), Stockmann department store, Main Railway Station, Diana Park (the statue of javelin throwing goddess in the chase scene, http://www.taidemuseo.hel.fi/english/veisto/veistossivu.html?id=270&sortby=artist ), winter gardens (the bust seen in some of the shots is probably this: http://www.taidemuseo.hel.fi/english/veisto/veistossivu.html?id=93&sortby=artist ) .I've also identified some of the street views seen through the rear window of Colonel Ross' car. They seem to drive past the Soviet embassy! Locations worth more dwelling:
When Harry (or was it Anya) is hurrying to the railway station the car races past a long warehouse and a large cube-like building can be seen at the background. The building is the parliament house (
http://www.eduskunta.fi/fakta/esite/esitt_06.htm ). Even the warehouse still remains in the central Helsinki although there is a heated debate going on whether it should be preserved or torn down. The Gallen-Kallela Museum has a web site at http://www.gallen-kallela.fi/english.html .

The "Russian Church" is Uspenski Cathedral. It is the largest Greek-Orthodox church in western Europe. It can be seen in a picture on this page with theEvangelic-Luthran Cathedral: http://www.hel.fi/tourism/html/english/kuvagalleria/index.html. On the same page there is also picture of the Töölönlahti Bay seen from the side of Dr Kaarna's wooden villa (which still remains). (A side step: "Kaarna" is a valid Finnish last name meaning "wood bark"). Also the winter gardens are next to the bay and it can be seen at the background in some of the gardens scenes. The ferry Harry and Anya are taking is the regular ferry servicing the islands of Suomenlinna fortress. The silhouette of its church is seen in the fog in scene. http://www.helsinginseurakunnat.net/cgi-bin/tuomiokirkko/kirkko_suomenlinna.cfm?idseurakunta=30

The villa Leo and Anya are living in is the home and studio of Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931). The villa is nowadays a museum and open to the public. Some of the interior scenes were probably filmed in the villa (it was designed as a painting studio with large windows after all!), at least the
paintings on the walls are by AG-K. Some of the paintings are visible also in the "making the love scene" picture on your site ("Behind the scenes" section - ed.).


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