It’s not something you see in York every day – a motorbike chase down by the river.

But then, it’s not every day that York plays host to the filming of a major Bollywood movie.

Commando 3 stars Vidyut Jammwal as the all-action hero in this high-octane thriller. He was on set riding along the King’s Staith cobbles.

The Reliance Entertainment movie was shooting in London before the cast and crew decamped to York.


They filmed all day, first on one side of the river next to The Lowther and Kings Staith, then zooming along on the other side near Panda Mami.

Many local people doubled as extras, while having a drink in the Kings Arms beer garden.

The shoot is due to move on to other York locations soon, including Shambles.

York photographer Jayne Nicoll was on hand to capture many of these action packed shots.

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The long view. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography
Two wheeled star. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography
The public were kept away during takes. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography
Ready to roll. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography
The busy scenes outside The Lowther. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography
The river was the perfect backdrop. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography

Some risky stunts took place. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography


Another cobbles-eye view. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography

All action hero. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography
Applying some last minute make-up. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography
Some of the movie team. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography
Making his escape on foot. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography
The action switched to the other side of the river. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography
Zipping past Panda Mami. Photograph: Jayne Nicoll / jtu_photography
This filmed the chase from behind
Plenty of gear was needed
One of the stunt motorcyclists
The elaborate filming kit
Some of the key crew
They were filming all day by the river. Photograph: YorkMix