Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Black Windmill (1974)

dir. Don Siegel

Boys running with a model plane – Quinton House School, Upton Hall, Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom.

The hangar where the boys are kidnapped – Still searching for this location

McKee (John Vernon) gets rid of his two associates in the kidnapping – M3 junction near Bagshot and Lightwater, Surrey, United Kingdom

Major Tarrant (Michael Caine) comes to investigate Celia Burrows (Delphine Seyrig) – 1 Cleve Road, London NW6. There was a studio located in the back of the house but it’s now gone.

Tarrant driving away – Cleve Road at West End Lane, London NW6

Sir Edward Julyan’s (Joseph O'Conor) estate – Wykehurst Place, Bolney, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Alex Tarrant’s (Janet Suzman) house – 80 South Hill Park Gardens, London NW3

Major Tarrant’s office – 35 Rose Street, London WC2

Tarrant’s basement apartment – 227 Elgin Avenue, London W9

Tarrant’s office back entrance – King Street at Garrick, London WC2

Tarrant entering the Tube – Aldwych station, Surrey Street at Strand, London WC2. The station was only partially in operation since 1958 and completely closed in 1993. It was a popular filming location even before its closure.

Tarrant exiting the Tube – Shepherd's Bush station, London W12

Tarrant running from his pursuer – the footbridge connecting the station to the West 12 Shepherds Bush shopping centre has since been removed.

Tarrant meeting with Celia – Vagenende, 142 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, France

Tarrant accompanies Celia to McKee’s hideout – the entire Bercy district has since been redeveloped and only the Pavillions de Bercy (seen in the background) remain standing. They now host the Musée des Arts Forains.

McKee's hideout – the street and buildings have been lost to the Bercy district redevelopment but one of my readers informed me that the trees seen in the screenshot are still standing in the courtyard of 48 Rue Baron le Roy.

The prison hospital – Still searching for this location

Tarrant escapes from the prison van – Still searching for this location

The police chasing Tarrant on the bridge – Pont de Bercy, Paris, France

Tarrant arriving back in England – Ramsgate Hoverport, Pegwell Bay, Kent, United Kingdom. The hoverport ceased its operations in 1982, the site was eventually closed and all buildings completely demolished.

Tarrant’s wife Alex goes to her friend’s house and fools her police escort by escaping through the back entrance – 29 Eldon Road, London W8

Tarrant meeting with his wife – Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London W1

Tarrant’s wife researching the windmills – 55 Great Ormond Street, London WC1

The black windmill – "Jack" windmill, Hassocks, West Sussex, United Kingdom. It's privately owned and is not open to the public.

The other windmill – "Jill" windmill, Hassocks, West Sussex, United Kingdom. The mill has been restored by volunteers and is open on most Sundays from May to September.

"Jill" and "Jack" windmills, Hassocks, West Sussex, United Kingdom

See also...

The Ipcress File

Marathon Man


  1. If you like trivia, the three trees outside Gencel, Boutet and Caudroy are still alive and well.

    1. Thank you. Do you happen to have a picture?

    2. Yes, where should I send it? This is the location by the way,2.388526,3a,75y,200.34h,69.4t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1skWe7dDlQVIEEryqtJFCLUg!2e0

    3. You can post the URL for your picture right here in the comments so other people can see it too. Thank you.

  2. Here they are :

    1. Thank you very much. They look great in your picture.

  3. The scene outside the Dominion Theatre shows the movie "Battle of Britain" being shown. This film was released in 1969 so can only assume that this was an older clip inserted into the film.

  4. Hello, thanks for sharing your research on these sites.I have visited the former hoverport at Ramsgate and there is a 360 Google Streetview image available of the site as it exists now here:
    Hope it's of interest, there are others available of the site if you go to Google Maps and look for the blue dots when dragging the yellow Pegman onto the map.