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LONDON (Reuters) - The studio where some of the best-loved James Bond movies have been made will probably have to be demolished and rebuilt after it was gutted by a fire, Pinewood Shepperton said on Monday.

The studio said no-one had been hurt in Sunday's blaze, the cause of which has yet to be confirmed.

Fortunately for Bond fans, shooting on the latest movie "Casino Royale" -- which had involved the set being transformed into a replica of Venice -- had recently finished. The studio said the sets were being dismantled when the fire broke out.

The film is set to open in November with actor Daniel Craig starring in the role of the suave secret agent 007 for the first time.

The soundstage was built for the 1977 Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" and previously burnt down in 1984 after the filming of Ridley Scott's "Legend".

Apart from the James Bond stage, the rest of Pinewood Shepperton will be fully operational by the end of Monday, the company said.

Originally called Pinewood Studios until the 2001 merger with Shepperton Studios, Pinewood has been home to some of Britain's best known films from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" to "The Day Of The Jackal".

Reuters
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