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pounds 200m film studio boost for UK

The British film industry yesterday received a pounds 200m boost when a Hertfordshire aerodrome, which was the set for the latest James Bond film Goldeneye , became Britain's newest film studio.

Leavesden aerodrome, bought by the Malaysian-based Millenium Group Limited, will have the largest backlot - outside filming area - in the world and is expected to create 3,000 new jobs over three years.

The company said work on the former Rolls-Royce aero-engine factory will involve further investment of pounds 150m.