By Josh Saunders
Urban explorers have visited the abandoned £23million mansion that was used in iconic James Bond film Never Say Never Again.
Serving as a former hotel and spa, the unnamed location in East Anglia, lies near perfectly-preserved and rife with homages to royalty.
Salesmen Matt Nadin, 39, and Andy Thompson, 53, of South Yorkshire, were left speechless by the spot which remains regally decorated in golden gilded doors and chandeliers.
Painted prints of the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Kate and more, lie alongside luxurious red sofas and an expensive-looking clash of gold with black décor.
The site was a location for the 1983 Bond flick ‘Never Say Never Again’ featuring Sean Connery in his last portrayal as the infamous agent and lothario.
Bond is discharged from British Intelligence after making a mistake during routine training – until terrorist group SPECTRE steal nuclear missiles and he’s reinstated believed to be the only agent fit to beat them.
The urban explorers film key areas used in the film from where Bond is resting and recovering to a fight scene and areas he walked through.
This comes alongside the especially elegant room number 007, kitted-out with a spa and views overlooking the stone courtyard before the luscious country landscapes.
Atop of the building is a tall spire boasting 360-degree views unveiling green forests and expansive fields.
Matt said: “The location was immaculate, left exactly as it would have been when the guests stayed here.
“We had read that one day the hotel just shut its doors with no real explanation and you can see nothing had been removed.
“Books in the library, pictures on the walls, the place was any urban explorers dream full of original features, history and a film set to complete the amazing location!
“It’s fantastic, the lower rooms feature heavily in the film and we have both watched back film to spot the rooms we were in.
“It can be seen in the bit where Bond is resting and recovering, where the fight scene is and at the beginning as we walk through where the art work and chandeliers are.
“We just looked at each other speechless which is absolutely not like us.
“We felt fear like you do in any of these huge mansions and places with security but also disbelief at what we had walked into.
“I had my usual rush of excitement climbing the roof which is his favourite part of any explore we do.
“We go to these places to document them before they are changed and lost forever and love showing people what they may walk passed every day and not even realise are there.”
Matt and Andy filmed the location for their YouTube channel Finders Beepers History Seekers, releasing their video this week (April 21).
Andy said: “We are two normal blokes from South Yorkshire who travel around the UK and Europe exploring abandoned buildings.
“We like to bring a bit of a comedy and Yorkshire edge to our videos.”
You can follow their channel on: www.patreon.com/FindersBeepers