Never Say Never Again
As we said, one of the Sean Connery classics, Never Say Never Again, has some of its more dramatic scenes filmed in Villefranche-sur-Mer. The motorcycle chase scene and the scene where James Bond hangs out the window are shot on the narrow Villefranache-sur-Mer streets. However, you can see the beautiful Villefranche Bay, where Largo’s yacht is anchored. An added plus: Largo’s fortress “Palmyra” features scenes from the exterior of the Fort Carre in Antibes.
Another spy classic, Ronin, featuring Robert De Niro and Jean Reno, has some iconic scenes filmed on the narrow streets of Villefranche-sur-Mer. You can even note the beautiful seaside promenade at the movie’s beginning, very close to the iconic La Mere Germaine restaurant. This movie is also full of adrenaline-inducing car chase scenes, some of which occur on some of Villefranche-sur-Mer’s narrow streets.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Another timeless classic, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, has scenes filmed in Villefranche-sur-Mer, more notably the train station and the harbor. However, there are also so many scenes shot all over the Cote d’Azur, like Antibes, Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, and the iconic Villa Ephrussie de Rothschild at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
The proverbially English Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes, and in a true Mr. Bean style, he encounters countless mishaps and adventures. He discovers France along the way, the peaceful old villages, the perfect landscapes, and the sea. One of the most notable scenes in the movie is the glorious shot of the Bay of Villefranche and Cap Ferrat, filmed from the well-known lookout at Avenue Olivula and Chemin de Saint Michel. The lookout is 380 meters above sea level, offering one of the most majestic views of the bay, the surrounding villages, and the Mediterranean in the background.
An Affair to Remember
A Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr classic, An Affair to Remember, features incredible shots from all over Villefranche-sur-Mer. The movie features public pathways, viewpoints, and much more, and the Welcome Hotel in the center of the town features a signed photo of the actors. Also, you can probably recognize the beautiful vista of the couple overlooking the Bay of Villefranche or the Promenade des Marinieres.
W.E. is a historical drama that tells the story of two women separated by over 60 years. While most of the movie is filmed in England, some recognizable scenes are shot in Villefranche-sur-Mer. The screenshots feature the narrow streets like Rue de l’Eglise and the beautiful port.