From Malta With Love

As you read this, I’ll hopefully be having a fantastic time on holiday in Malta, a beautiful Mediterranean island that I’ve visited twice before, the last time being in 2000. 

Valletta, Malta. Image by Juan Cabanillas @ Flickr

Apart from Gladiator and the live-action version of Popeye – the set of which is now a permanent feature on the island – I can’t think of what else was filmed in Malta. Elements of ‘Game of Thrones’ are shot there, but what other feature films were?

A quick search on Movie-Locations.com revealed the below films, though a more comprehensive list is provided by Wikipedia.

  • Alexander
  • Clash of the Titans (1981)
  • Cutthroat Island
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Devil’s Double
  • Gladiator
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Midnight Express
  • Munich
  • Popeye
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Troy
  • World War Z
A postcard from set

Out of the films listed on Movie-Locations.com I’ve seen five: The Da Vinci Code, GladiatorThe Spy Who Loved Me, Troy, and World War Z.

From a bit more research, it appears that Malta was only used once in The Spy Who Loved Me, and that was as a backdrop to the final scene. Well, if you need a beautiful blue sea then the Mediterranean is certainly a good choice!

The use of Malta for the flashback scenes of the Knights Templar in The Da Vinci Code makes sense, as Malta has, of course, a strong history with the Knights Templar.

World War Z used Valletta, Malta’s capital, to stand in for Jerusalem but it is really Gladiator and Troy that made the best use of the Mediterranean island, in my opinion.

Both Gladiator and Troy use Malta in much the same way that Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings used New Zealand: they use the country to help tell the story.

Picture perfect

Following my boyfriend and I’s visit to Malta, here are a few photos that may look familiar…

Popeye Village, Mellieha. As seen in Popeye

Popeye Village

Azure Window, Gozo. As seen in season 1, Game of Thrones

Azure Window, Gozo

Fort St Elmo, Valletta. As seen in Midnight Express

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

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