Johnny English 3 filming enthralls Welham Green residents
PUBLISHED: 17:28 04 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:43 07 September 2017
A usually tranquil street was turned into a hive of activity this week as filming commenced for a new blockbuster in Welham Green.
Dellsome Lane was the chosen location for a car chase scene in Johnny English 3, a British action comedy starring Rowan Atkinson – best known for his role as Mr Bean.
Goggling residents lined the street as camera crews and stunt cars manoeuvred their way around the closed-off road today (Monday) and yesterday.
Emma Topham, who lives in Knolles Crescent just off of Dellsome Lane, was one of those soaking up the atmosphere.
She said: “It is exciting. I haven’t actually seen anyone famous but it’s exciting. It has been going on for hours, there is a lot of preparation for a tiny scene.
“It is good for the village because when you see the film you will be like ‘you can see this’. Everyone is talking about it.”
Oaklands College student Natalie Hill, 18, said: “It gives young people round here sneaky peak at what they can do in life if they are interested in media and where they can go.”
In a letter sent to residents, one of the film’s location managers said: “The scene we would like to film is the end of a car chase sequence, culminating outside the Welham Green Service Station with a stunt action piece with the cars involved in the chase.”
The film stars Johnny English, a British-American spy, and is a parody of the James Bond secret agent genre.
It follows the first movie which grossed $160million worldwide and the 2011 sequel Johnny English Reborn.
Another Welham Green resident said: “It’s exciting for everyone because we have a ringside seat, and we don’t have any of the hassle of trying to get in and out.”
However, although a Simmons employee said the filming was great for business, Premier Express corner shop owner Ricki Patel claimed the opposite, as the road has been shut off to her regular customers.
“It’s interesting but we are losing a lot of trade,” she told the WHT. “They are stopping all of my regulars coming in because most come in by car.
“It is a once in a life time experience definitely, but once in a life time is enough.
“It’s good to know what goes on behind the scenes. Some people are enjoying it, others are a bit annoyed by it.”