Directed by Jorge Coira, Netflix’s ‘Code Name: Emperor’ (originally titled ‘Código Emperador’) is a Spanish spy movie that follows an intelligence agent named Juan. He is hired by the secret services and sent on a mission to keep tabs on a couple indulging in weapon trafficking. Meanwhile, Juan has another shady task at hand: to find or fabricate a piece of evidence to frame a politician named Ángel Gónzalez.
The enthralling narrative is complemented by the brilliant onscreen performances from a fantastic ensemble cast, including Luis Tosar, Alexandra Masangkay, Georgina Amorós, and Denis Gómez. In addition, the interesting use of exciting locations in the backdrop enhances the quality of the Spanish thriller, making you wonder about the actual shooting locations. Well, in that case, allow us to fill you in on all the details regarding the same!
Code Name: Emperor Filming Locations
‘Code Name: Emperor’ was filmed in Spain, Hungary, Panama, and Cuba, specifically in Madrid, Bilbao, A Coruña, Budapest, Panama City, and Havana. The principal photography for the Netflix movie commenced on April 5, 2021, and wrapped up on June 18, 2021. Since the story is primarily set in Spain, it made sense for the filming unit to choose the country as one of the major production sites for the spy thriller. Now, let’s look at all the specific locations showcased in the Jorge Coira directorial!
Many pivotal sequences for ‘Code Name: Emperor’ were lensed in Madrid, Spain’s capital and most populous city. Located on the River Manzanares in the central part of the Iberian Peninsula, the charming metropolis consists of modern infrastructure as well as historic neighborhoods and streets. Some of Madrid’s popular landmarks and attractions include the Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Buen Retiro Park, and the Reina Sofía Museum.
Other Locations in Spain
Apart from Madrid, the cast and crew of ‘Code Name: Emperor’ set up camp in Bilbao to tape crucial scenes. It is the largest city in Spain’s Biscay province, located in the northern part of the nation. Moreover, A Coruña served as a prominent filming location for the thriller movie; it is the most populated city and municipality in Galicia, Spain.
The production team traveled to Budapest, Hungary’s capital and most populous city, to tape some pivotal sequences. The metropolis has strengths in many sectors, such as art, media, fashion, commerce, research, technology, education, and entertainment. Apart from ‘Code Name: Emperor,’ several other movies and TV shows have been recorded in Budapest, including ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dune,’ and ‘Moon Knight.’
Panama City, Panama
The cast and crew of ‘Code Name: Emperor’ also utilized the locales of Panama City, the capital and largest city of Panama. Located in the Panama province at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, the city houses numerous historical sites. Some of the popular ones are Plaza de la Catedral, Calzada de Amador, Conjunto Monumental de Las Bóvedas, and The National Institute of Culture Building. Moreover, the hit TV series ‘Money Heist‘ was shot in Panama City.
Additional portions of the Spanish thriller were recorded in Havana, Cuba’s capital and largest city. Founded by the Spanish in the 16th century, Havana has high historical significance and makes an ideal filming site for various productions. Movies such as ‘The Fate of the Furious,’ ‘The Motorcycle Diaries,’ and ‘Papa Hemingway in Cuba’ were all lensed in the vibrant city.