To mark the release of the highly anticipated new James Bond movie ‘No Time To Die’ on the 30th September, Checkatrade, the UK’s number one website for finding a tradesperson has created a cost guide breaking down the costs of repairing the iconic Skyfall house.
007 fans will remember that Skyfall Lodge, Bond’s ancestral home in the Scottish Highlands, came to a messy end in the 2012 hit film after a standoff between Daniel Craig and his arch-enemy Raoul Silva, where it was almost entirely destroyed.
According to Checkatrade, to understand the repair costs, we must look at the damages first, and there are quite a few:
- The walls and windows sustained heavy damage from helicopter fire
- This was followed by gunfire from Silva and his henchmen
- Grenades tossed through the windows caused intense fires, before Bond himself triggered a huge explosion with a homemade gas canister bomb
- As if all that wasn’t enough, the bomb explosion damaged the helicopter, which then crashes into the house and exploded in an enormous fireball
Costs to rebuild Skyfall Lodge:
- As Skyfall Lodge was so badly damaged, nothing but perhaps the foundations could be saved. Making some assumptions about the size, style, and materials we can estimate that rebuilding a house like Skyfall Lodge could cost around £1.8 million.
- It’s important to remember that the rebuilding cost varies hugely depending on location. For example, it would be more expensive to build in a remote location such as the Scottish Highlands due to haulage costs.
- Once you’d gone to the trouble of rebuilding the house from scratch, you’d need to replace the dark oak wood floors at around £65/square metre.
- Traditional wood panelling would be between £79 and £250/panel
- A wood staircase at around £8,250
- One of the biggest expenses would be the grand stone fireplace, which could cost between £1,500 and £3,500 to replace.
If Skyfall Lodge was a real property, it’s estimated that it would be worth around £2.2 million today!