Tour The Extravagantly Derelict Island That Starred In The James Bond Movie 'Skyfall'

Few people cared about the derelict Japanese island of Hashima until 2012, when its crumbling piers and abandoned apartment buildings were used as a backdrop for the secret island in the James Bond movie “Skyfall.”

Now one photographer, Kevin Dooley, has returned to the island to document the rest of it. Hashima was first occupied because it produced coal. The Mitsubishi Group bought the island in 1890 to use it as a base for coal extraction from the sea.

Dooley used Google Street View to find and capture some of the most enchanting parts of the old factory. It gives everyone a chance to tour where more than 5,000 people once lived and worked.

This is what Bond villain Raoul Silva's island looks like in 'Skyfall.'

Bond and Severine are brought to the island to be killed by Silva, a villainous rogue MI6 agent.

The movie used exterior scenes of the island as a backdrop.

But the action wasn't filmed there -- it was meshed together with CGI in postproduction.


This the real island you can see today on Google.

It was first populated in 1887.

Factory buildings like this one were vital to production during the industrialisation of Japan.

Japan's first large concrete building was built on Hashima. It stood at nine stories tall.

Hashima, and its multitude of enchanting apartment blocks, is entirely surrounded by a sea wall -- just visible on the right of this image.

Peak population on the island was 5,259, with a density of 835 per hectare.

When petroleum started to replace coal in the 1960s, coal mines on Hashima started closing down.

The island was abandoned in 1974.

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