|Points of interest|
|Behind the scenes|
- "I'm told it's the latest fashion in London."
"Well, women in London must have learned not to breathe!"
- ―Weatherby Swann and Elizabeth Swann[src]
London, sometimes referred to as Londontown, was the capital city of England in Great Britain. Located on the River Thames, London had been a major settlement for many years, its history going back to its founding by the Romans. Many English men and women, notably Weatherby Swann and his daughter Elizabeth, were raised in this English town. Of all London's inhabitants, the most notable was King George II who, in his reign, resided in St. James's Palace.
East India Trading Company
- "If I have to sail me first command back to London with an empty hold, the East India Trading Company is not likely to be pleased. Can we...parlay?"
- ―Jack Sparrow to Esmeralda[src]
In 1600, the East India Trading Company was founded by the London merchants. The London EITC Office controlled all EITC imports and exports in London. Shortly after he joined the Company, Cutler Beckett worked in the London office for a few months during the early 1720s.
It was usual for the captains of the Company's merchant ships to report to the London office immediately after they make port in London. Nathaniel Bainbridge, captain of the Fair Wind, visited the office many times. Jack Sparrow, captain of the Wicked Wench, also visited the office several times.
- "What do you want from me?"
"Your authority as governor, your influence in London, and your loyalty to the East India Trading Company."
"To you, you mean."
- ―Weatherby Swann and Cutler Beckett[src]
Elizabeth Swann was born in London and lived there with her family until the death of her mother, at which point Weatherby Swann relocated with Elizabeth to Port Royal in the Caribbean. He still maintained communications with London some eight years later, having some knowledge of the latest fashions in the city. His own fashionable frock, worn during his tenure as Governor, was made by his tailor in London.
- "Then I hear a rumor. Jack Sparrow was in London, with a ship, and looking for a crew."
"But that's what I heard. Fact is, you're signing up men tonight, pub called Captain's Daughter."
- ―Joshamee Gibbs and Jack Sparrow[src]
In 1750, several years after the War Against Piracy, rumors would spread that Jack Sparrow in London with a ship and recruiting a crew. Jack's longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs would hear of this rumor and, having found it a bit odd, sailed for London. Upon making inquiries as Jack's whereabouts, Gibbs would find himself arrested and put on trial in the Old Bailey, until he was rescued by Jack Sparrow himself. During their attempt to escape town, Jack and Gibbs realized that the Jack Sparrow rumored to be recruiting a crew was an impostor. Jack and Gibbs ended up being captured by the Royal Guards outside of St. James's Palace. Jack was literally dragged into the palace while Gibbs was sent to the Tower of London.
While in the palace, Jack Sparrow got to meet with King George II and his ministers. King George, who had a report that the Spanish had located the Fountain of Youth, wanted Jack to guide an expedition towards the Fountain, with Hector Barbossa, a privateer in the King's court, leading it. Negotiations ran short when Jack Sparrow escaped from the palace. The King's guards would chase Jack through the streets of London from Pall Mall to the seedy wharf district until Jack, at the reins of the burning coal cart, was able to escape the Guard. After dealing with a guard at a gunpoint, Jack Sparrow would meet up with his father, Captain Teague, who had saved Jack by having shot the guard.
Later, in the Captain's Daughter tavern, Jack confronted the impostor recruiting a crew in his name, who was revealed to be Angelica. The King's guards soon arrived in the tavern and fought Jack and Angelica shortly before they were able to escape into the River Thames, where Angelica's zombie associate shot Jack with a dart and took him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. Although Jack Sparrow had escaped his guards, King George sent Barbossa to find the Fountain of Youth before the Spanish. After meeting with Gibbs at Execution Dock in the Tower of London, Barbossa recruited Gibbs as his navigator aboard the HMS Providence.
Behind the scenes
- Most of On Stranger Tides was shot on location on three of the most important historic sites: the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Hampton Court Palace and Middle Temple. Some scenes, however, were shot within Pinewood Studios.
- There were a few historical buildings used for the shot with the superimposed title "London, England". The building standing in for the Old Bailey courthouse is actually Sir Christopher Wren's Painted Hall, which was partially financed with funds appropriated by the Crown from Captain Kidd's booty after he was hanged at Execution Dock. The building on the left side of the illustration is actually an ornate chapel (another Wren design).
- Early in the development process of On Stranger Tides, scenes in London were to take place during the depths of winter. But because of the complexity of it, the idea was dropped in favor of a gray, overcast and sooty version of London.
- London is the second European city to appear in the POTC films, with Cádiz being the first.
- Naomie Harris (Tia Dalma), Vanessa Branch (Giselle), Roger Allam (Henry Pelham), Omid Djalili (Askay and Pusasn), and Nej Adamson (Short sailor) were born in London.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow: Poseidon's Peak (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (First mentioned)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (mobile game)
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Notes and references
- ↑ http://www.oxmonline.com/article/previews/m-r/pirates-caribbean-armada-damned?page=0%2C1
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom, Chapter 11: "Pirates and Rogues"
- ↑ Zizzle.com: Dead Man's Chest "Heroes and Villains" series 1
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: The Visual Guide, p16 "Governor Swann"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - How'd they do that?
- ↑ The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- ↑ "The Art of the Pirates of the Caribbean" pays tribute to this film trilogy's talented production design team