Broadgate was redeveloped in the late 1980s and early 1990s to turn it into one of the most modern-looking areas of the City of London, a process which later continued after 2000. Located close to the terminus station of Liverpool Street, the thrusting atmosphere of the city is really captured in its architecture and public art, both of which are often used by film makers to create a sense of a fast-paced city with a sense of knowing where it is going. Unlike many other parts of the capital which have more traditional looking buildings, Broadgate is full of shimmering steel and glass.
Sam Mendes directed some of the scenes for the James Bond movie Skyfall, of 2012, in Broadgate. In fact, Broadgate Tower itself was used to stand in for a Shanghai skyscraper due to its characterful and ultra-modern look. Completed only in 2009, this skyscraper is used for offices by many financial services and legal firms. It is unusual because the tower actually stands over railway lines, running north out of the city. Just over the road from Broadgate Tower is Exchange House which opened much earlier, in 1990. Again spanning the railway lines beneath it, the structure is also a distinctive looking building with four parallel structural arches used to bear its weight. Two of these are able to be viewed externally, providing the building's skeleton, and allowing for a column-free interior which means it can be used for open plan office location shoots. It featured in episodes of the BBC TV series Luther, in just such a capacity. Exchange House was also the backdrop to some filming of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, of 2014, when it was supposedly the Cheverin Building, in Russia.
Another movie which was shot in and around Broadgate is A Long Way Down, which starred with Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Rosamund Pike. The Counsellor was also shot there. It featured Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz and Cameron Diaz. In 1997, the Spice Girls vehicle, Spice World: the Movie made extensive use of the exteriors afforded by the buildings around Broadgate. The area also featured in Red 2, of 2013, and some scenes of Run Fatboy Run, a comedy directed by David Schwimmer in 2007 were shot there. Starring Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz, some location shooting also took place in Broadgate for Page Eight, a political thriller of 2011, made by the BBC.