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Dunnottar Castle
Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle was yet again the backdrop for a glamorous film shoot this week - starring actors Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy.

The Hollywood duo, whose respective movies include the Harry Potter series and ‘The Last King of Scotland,’ spent time filming new film, Frankenstein.

The big budget re-make of Mary Shelley’s classic 19th century horror tale is expected to be released in January 2015 by 20th Century Fox, and the cast and crew were in Stonehaven on Monday and Tuesday to film scenes at our very own Dunnottar Castle.

Daniel and James were said to have been spotted relaxing in the town during breaks in filming.

Castle custodian Wendy Sylvester told the Leader and Observer: “We all got a chance to meet and spend time with the cast and crew. They were really warm with staff, and were very nice, genuine and down to earth.

“They seemed to like it here a lot, and I think they enjoyed being here very much. We really enjoyed having them - we’re missing them now they’re gone!

“It’s been a very exciting week for us here, and a nice break from the normal routine.”

Scottish director Paul McGuigan posted on social media a picture of a camera panning round the castle from the south cliffs (see front page).

The new film promises to be a “unique, never-before-seen” twist on the original story, and is told from the perspective of Frankenstein’s hunchbacked assistant, Igor - played by Radcliffe.

McAvoy plays Victor von Frankenstein, and the cast also includes Jessica Brown Findlay.

McGuigan recently directed the hit television series, Sherlock, and has films Lucky Number Seven and Gangster No. 1 under his belt.

Much of the filming has taken place at Twickenham and Ealing studios, as well as various UK locations.