Spectre - CNS Building (1)

The outside of the CNS Building, as seen from the River Thames, Spectre (2015).

The Centre for National Security Building (CNS) was designed to house the fictional headquarters of the Joint Intelligence Service; a new British intelligence agency formed from a merger of MI6 and MI5. It was located in Vauxhall, a south western part of central London, United Kingdom, on the bank of the River Thames beside Vauxhall Bridge and directly adjacent to the defunct headquarters of MI6, the SIS Building. The building was featured in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre (2015).


CNS Building landmark
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Max Denbigh: "When it goes online this building will be the most sophisticated data gathering system in history. The world's digital ghost available 24/7."
M: "And George Orwell's worst nightmare."
―Denbigh and M discuss the CNS building.[src]

The Centre for National Security building was constructed with private funds unknowingly provided by the criminal organization SPECTRE and was designed to be the headquarters of Britain's combined intelligence agencies, along with the surveillance equipment necessary for the "Nine Eyes" programme. The building's construction was supervised by the Director-General of the Joint Security Service, Max Denbigh (C), whose office was situated at the top floor. During the film's climax, M, Q, Moneypenny and Bill Tanner break into the building to prevent "Nine Eyes" and arrest Denbigh. During an altercation between Denbigh and M several windows are shot and the falling debris causes Denbigh to fall to his death from the top floor.

Behind the scenes

Interior scenes of the CNS Building, notably centered around the building's staircases, were filmed at London's City Hall on 18 April 2015, while director Sam Mendes was on location.[1] The actual building on the A202, which began construction in 2014 and completed in early 2016, looks completely different and is a 16-storey (conjoined to an adjacent six-storey) residential building named Riverwalk.[2] The former building on the site, a 12-storey office building built in 1966, was demolished and whilst building works were undertaken on Riverwalk, the plot of land featured as the location of the computer generated CNS Building.[3]


  1. "James Bond director Sam Mendes shoots new Spectre scenes inside London's iconic City Hall as filming resumes after Daniel Craig's set injury", Daily Mail, 18 April 2015. Retrieved on 19 May 2015. 
  2. "THE RIVERWALK VIEW: NEWSLETTER SPRING 2015",, Spring 2015. Retrieved on 11 September 2017. 
  3. "RIVERWALK 161 MILLBANK", Shadbolt International. Retrieved on 11 September 2017. 

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