Shooting Shambles! Action movie films high-octane chase on historic street

The bikers roar past the Harry Potter shops. Photographs: Richard McDougall

It’s hundreds of years old.

But in all those centuries, we don’t suppose Shambles has seen anything quite like this.

A huge movie crew, loads of extras – and a dramatic chase involving two motorbikes.


This was day two of shooting Bollywood movie Commando 3 in York. After starting the action by the river on Wednesday, the team brought it to the medieval Shambles.

They were shooting from 6am to 10am, with the street closed during those hours.

Leaves were scattered down the tree-less street to give more movement to the chase footage.

Cameras filmed via drones, on a buggy and inside the Shambles shops.

Then they were gone, giving the street back to the shopkeepers and tourists.

Shambles Bollywood gallery

Flying down the cobbles
Shambles reopened at 10am
Some of the crew on Shambles

A packed Kings Square


Plenty of equipment

The camera buggy which followed the bikes
Extras prepare for a take
And… places!
The street was closed for four hours
A drone captured footage from on high
A drone’s eye view of Shambles
And back to earth