PHOTOS taken from a night shoot of the new Indiana Jones movie - scenes for which have been shot near Pickering - show a dramatic fire staged at a historic coastal castle.

A Second World War-era motorbike is visible in one of the images taken at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, by PA news agency photographer Owen Humphreys.

Harrison Ford is reprising the role of the world’s most daring archaeologist at the age of 78 but it was not clear if Dr Jones was the man on the motorbike.

However, the dramatic scenes have led to speculation that the fire and the bike were linked to yet another death-defying escape from the Nazis.

Bamburgh Castle has been closed to the public for several days and Second World War vehicles have been spotted being delivered to the site in the run-up to filming.


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Local residents were warned that filming would be taking place at night and there might be loud noises.

On Thursday evening into Friday morning, the crew staged a fire on the set which lit up the night sky.

Mr Humphreys said: “They started to test the set around 9pm and filming went on to about 1am.

“They staged a fire and we could see a man on a motorbike going up to the castle – it could be a prison break scene, after all, this is Indiana Jones.


“It looked spectacular in the night sky with the backdrop of the famous castle.”

During down time from filming, Ford has been spotted cycling along the Northumberland coast and on Tyneside.

Earlier in the movie schedule, filming took place near Pickering, where Ford tipped his famous hat at a young fan in Grosmont, and told him he was Indiana Jones’s stunt double.

York Press: Hollywood actor Harrison Ford chats with members of the film crew in Grosmont. Picture: Craig HolmesHollywood actor Harrison Ford chats with members of the film crew in Grosmont. Picture: Craig Holmes

Props included tanks, a guard tower and a steam train dressed in the colours of 1940s German railways.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter has been swept up in the excitement and named a litter of four kittens Harrison, Ford, Indiana and Jones.

Once they are old enough to be rehomed they will go on the shelter’s website

LucasFilm has been approached for comment.