Thursday 16th June. 9.00 AM – Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire. Shooting the last scene in the movie today at Raleigh’s house, which is un-named in the script but which we might assume is Sherborne in Dorset – the house he had fallen in love with many years before and which was granted to him by the Queen shortly before his fall from grace.
This is the only location outside studio which we also visited for ‘Elizabeth’ and us being here today is partly a nod in the direction of that movie, although it will take a keen eye to recognise the building now we have redressed it. In ‘Elizabeth’ this was the house where Ballard (Daniel Craig) was discovered in the priest hole, leading to the arrest of the Earl of Arundel.
Today’s scene I can’t really explain in any detail – I’d hate to give the plot away – but here we meet Raleigh, Bess and a new born infant. Today is a special day for all of them as they have a surprise visitor.
Speaking of visitors, the owner of Dorney has left out the visitors book, containing the crew signatures from 9 years ago (unbelievably) when we were shooting ‘Elizabeth’. I should go and sign the new entry and hope that in another nine years ‘Golden Age’ will still be remembered as fondly as that film is.