Epic Lairs and Fortresses

I've always had an interest in architecture and design; but, the structures that have always fascinated me are those grandiose fortresses, castles, underground complexes, and villain's lairs of comics, tv, and movies. The following are memorable shows and movies with equally memorable hideouts, lairs, headquarters and similar structures. look for a lot of Ken Adams' work on this one.
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1.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. (93 mins.)
Director: Rupert Julian
“ Eric has some pretty cool digs, underneath the Paris Opera House. No self-respecting madman should be without a pipe organ. ” - grendelkhan
 
2.
Dracula (1931)
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The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ Drac has a fairly standard castle, though with some lovely ladies. ” - grendelkhan
 
3.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ The Baron's castle is nothing special, but the laboratory sets it apart. Just don't spill your drink around all of that electrical equipment. ” - grendelkhan
 
4.
The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr... (68 mins.)
Director: Charles Brabin
“ As is befitting, Fu has a hidden lair, complete with dacoits, torture chambers, a lab, and a lounge area. I'm not sure, but he may have had a breakfast nook (probably with trap door seating, leading to a chamber filled with giant spiders and scorpions). ” - grendelkhan
 
5.
Flash Gordon (1936)
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Three earthlings visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless. (245 mins.)
“ Sky City anyone? The Hawkmen have the best locale, though Ming's palace is suitably ornate. Plenty of art deco, though some of it is a bit tacky, around the edges. ” - grendelkhan
 
6.
Things to Come (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel. (100 mins.)
“ The underground city is pretty spectacular, but I preferred the Wings Over the World Basra hangar; and, especially, the super-bombers! The film is a triumph of art deco, which helps compensate for some overacting. ” - grendelkhan
 
7.
Lost Horizon (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La -- but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be? (97 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Shangri La is an art deco paradise, hidden away somewhere in Tibet. ” - grendelkhan
 
8.
Dick Tracy (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick. (290 mins.)
“ The Spider has a hidden island hangar and a flying wing! ” - grendelkhan
 
9.
The Green Archer (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Columbia's 12th serial of 57 total (following 1940's "Deadwood Dick" and ahead of 1941's "White Eagle")... (285 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
“ A castle with all kinds of hidden passages and murderers. Just the thing for an Edgar Wallace mystery. ” - grendelkhan
 
10.
The Phantom (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Professor Davidson (Frank Shannon) and his daughter Diana (Jeanne Bates) search Africa for the Lost City of Zoloz... (299 mins.)
Director: B. Reeves Eason
“ Skull Cave rivals the Batcave, though it lacks the nuclear reactor. It makes up for it with the Skull Throne. ” - grendelkhan
 
11.
Batman (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Japanese spymaster Prince Daka operates a covert espionage organization located in Gotham City's now-deserted Little Tokyo which turns American scientists into pliable zombies. (260 mins.)
Director: Lambert Hillyer
“ The evil villain, Daka, has a nice set-up, hidden inside an amusement park horror ride. It comes complete with labs and alligator pit. The Batcave is a little drab, but it does have a desk and a filing cabinet! ” - grendelkhan
 
12.
Mask of the Avenger (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
During the European revolutionary fervor of 1848, Italian Captain Renato Dimorna tries to avenge his father's death, goes against the corrupt local military governor Larocca and prevents an Austrian military invasion. (83 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
“ This was a lightweight Zorro ripoff, but he has a pretty good hidden passage to the stable for his horse, via a fireplace. ” - grendelkhan
 
13.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo. (127 mins.)
“ The Nautilus is the ultimate in mobile command centers, complete with pipe-organ and observation port. ” - grendelkhan
 
14.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
“ Dr Morbius has a nice house, but the Krell underground complex is amazing! ” - grendelkhan
 
15.
The Mysterians (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Aliens arrive on Earth and ask permission to be given a certain tract of land for their people to live on... (89 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Nice underground set-up for the alien Mysterians. Lots of space machinery and passages; good stuff! ” - grendelkhan
 
16.
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island. (126 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
“ Disney went to town on the treehouse home for the Robinsons, one of the more fun elements of the book. ” - grendelkhan
 
17.
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel. (158 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ The German have an awesome setup, with their radar-controlled guns set in caves, with an elaborate bunker complex to support their operations. Just the kind of things for commandos to target. ” - grendelkhan
 
18.
Master of the World (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In 1868, an American scientist and his team become hostages of fanatical pacifist Robur who uses his airship Albatross to destroy military targets on Earth. (102 mins.)
Director: William Witney
“ The Albatross wasn't quite the Nautilus but it was pretty cool, and made of paper! ” - grendelkhan
 
19.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
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When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, US Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview. (105 mins.)
Director: Irwin Allen
“ The movie launched the tv series, but the star of both was the Seaview. ” - grendelkhan
 
20.
The Jetsons (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The misadventures of a futuristic family. (25 mins.)
“ This launched my love of space-age and mid-century modern design, especially the Skypad Apartments. ” - grendelkhan
 
21.
Dr. No (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. (110 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ Ken Adams didn't do as much here, though an interrogation chamber was one of his doings. The villain has a pretty cool underground hideout on a Carribean cay, complete with stolen paintings, decontamination areas, torture obstacle courses and an atomic reactor. He also had the area patrolled by a mechanical swamp buggy, disguised as a dragon. Not bad for a Fu Manchu ripoff. ” - grendelkhan
 
22.
From Russia with Love (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. (115 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ This one was kind of sedate, but Kerim Bey showed us some hidden wonders, with secret access to the sewers of Istanbul and a submarine periscope that terminated inside the Soviet Embassy. ” - grendelkhan
 
23.
Atragon (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Several strange occurrences are taking place all over the world including the disappearance of two engineers... (94 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ The sub pen is nice, but the sub is better. It's all suitably grandiose. ” - grendelkhan
 
24.
Goldfinger (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Goldfinger had his own headquarters set ups in a factory complex and a Kentucky ranch (complete with table mock-up of Fort Knox. However, it all paled in comparison to Adams' grandiose rendering of Fort Knox. The real thing is rather boring. They missed out on the steel roads that are hydraulically lifted into a wall that surrounds the depository, as in Fleming's book. Could you imagine such a thing, built by government contractors? It would probably be stuck at some odd angle. ” - grendelkhan
 
25.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH. (50 mins.)
“ UNCLE HQ is the cream of spy headquarters, with secret tailor shop entrance, elaborate security set-up, computer banks, conference room, and other facilities. THRUSH never rose to these levels. ” - grendelkhan
 
26.
Gilligan's Island (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Seven men and women are stranded on an uncharted island following a torrential storm. (30 mins.)
“ The Mad doctor Boris Balinkov had a suitably creepy island manor house, complete with hidden dungeon and lab. The castaway huts were pretty good, considering their alleged lack of resources. One wonders, though, why they didn't build a defensive wall around the huts, after their first encounter with headhunters. I guess they needed a bicycle powered washing machine and foot powered bamboo car more. ” - grendelkhan
 
27.
Jonny Quest (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Quest family and their bodyguard investigate strange phenomena and battle villains around the world. (30 mins.)
“ So many great hideouts: the Himalayan secret lab, from "Calcutta Adventure," the Lizard Men's set-up in the Sargasso Sea, the various command centers for Dr Zinn, Dr Ashida's castle, the blockhouse where Gen. Fong operated, the House of 7 Gargoyles. It's hard to pick a favorite. Dr Quest's lab on Palm key was a pretty cool piece of Space Age architecture. ” - grendelkhan
 
28.
Stingray (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Gerry Anderson's third SF supermarionation saga told the adventures of the WASPs (the World Aquanaut... (30 mins.)
“ WASP has a pretty decent HQ, though not up to either the Thunderbirds or Captain Scarlet set-up. The characters rode down chair elevators to the sub pen and launched through a tube. Can't get much better than that. ” - grendelkhan
 
29.
Thunderball (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme. (130 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ SPECTRE had the coolest conference room in the spy business, hidden behind the walls of a refugee service. Meanwhile, Largo had a pretty good set up in Nassau, with his shark pool, and his hydrofoil yacht, the Disco Volante. ” - grendelkhan
 
30.
The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility of the fiendish Fu Manchu may not be dead after all... (89 mins.)
Director: Don Sharp
“ Fu's got a complex hidden under the Thames and a mountain fortress in China. Not too shabby. ” - grendelkhan
 
31.
She (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An Edwardian archaeologist and two companions stumble upon a lost city in East Africa, run by a beautiful queen whose love holds the promise of immortality. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
“ Ayesha's home was nicely done, with Greco-Roman architecture in the African desert. ” - grendelkhan
 
32.
Hogan's Heroes (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The inmates of a German World War II prisoner of war camp conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders. (25 mins.)
“ Colonel Hogan and crew had a nice set-up underneath the camp, especially the entrance underneath the guard dog house and the tree stump exterior entrance. I'd like to know how they dug those tunnels and shored up such big areas, without anyone catching on. Klink was a fool but no one is that big of a moron. ” - grendelkhan
 
33.
Thunderbirds (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service. (50 mins.)
“ The International Rescue set up is pretty nifty, with the Roundhouse base, the underground launch points and the space station. They weren't the most efficient designers when it came to access to their vehicles, though. For a rescue team, they sure took a long time to launch. ” - grendelkhan
 
34.
Get Smart (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Bumbling Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the evil forces of KAOS with the help of his competent partner Agent 99. (25 mins.)
“ CONTROL had a nice HQ, though the entrance to it was a bit overly elaborate. Never quite got the Cone of Silence to work properly. ” - grendelkhan
 
35.
Batman (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Caped Crusader battles evildoers in Gotham City in a bombastic 1960s parody of the comic book hero's exploits. (25 mins.)
“ How can you top the Batcave? You have the Batpoles, taking you from Bruce Wayne's study down to the hidden lair, the Batcomputer, the atomic reactor, the Batmobile turntable, and the tunnel exit to the highway. This is one of the few hero headquarters to match the best villain's lair. ” - grendelkhan
 
36.
The Silencers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In this, the first Matt Helm movie, we see Matt Helm coaxed out of semi-retirement by an attractive ex-partner... (102 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
“ Big O has a decent underground complex, complete with laser defense system. I like the access tunnels, complete with golf cart transportation. ” - grendelkhan
 
37.
Our Man Flint (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When scientists use eco-terrorism to impose their will on the world by affecting extremes in the weather, Intelligence Chief Cramden calls in top agent Derek Flint. (108 mins.)
Director: Daniel Mann
“ Galaxy has a nifty island set-up, complete with elevator conveyors, waterfalls, and anti-American eagles (diabolical!) ” - grendelkhan
 
38.
Batman: The Movie (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Dynamic Duo faces four super-villains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people. (105 mins.)
“ You get a better look at the Batcave here, complete with opening shot of the pair activating the costume change lever on the way down (wonder how that was supposed to work?). Meanwhile, you have the Batpier, complete with Batpole down to the lower level, where the Batboat is moored; and, the Bathangar, where the Batcopter is kept ready. Meanwhile, the villains had a nice set-up above the pier-side restaurant and a wicked submarine. ” - grendelkhan
 
39.
Space Ghost (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The adventures of a space superhero who can become invisible and his sidekicks. (30 mins.)
“ Ghost Planet kind of one-ups the Batcave, unless Bruce Wayne has a hidden asteroid somewhere. ” - grendelkhan
 
40.
Frankenstein, Jr. and the Impossibles (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three cartoons packed into one half hour. Frankenstein Jr. was a robot constructed by a boy-genius to fight crime, The Impossibles were undercover agents disguised as a rock group. (30 mins.)
“ Loved Buzz Conroy's lab; total whacked-out modern architecture! ” - grendelkhan
 
41.
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream. (100 mins.)
“ The government lab set up for the miniturization process is pretty neat, though a little on the antisceptic side. Golf carts were needed to get around, which suggests an inefficient use of space; but, then again, when did efficient ever look cool? ” - grendelkhan
 
42.
The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two scientists with a secret time travel project find themselves trapped in the time stream and appearing in notable periods of history. (60 mins.)
“ The tunnel was housed in an underground complex, which is to be expected. ” - grendelkhan
 
43.
You Only Live Twice (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked. (117 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Now, here's where Bond got ultra-cool. You can't beat the SPECTRE volcano fortress, complete with crater doors, rocket launch pad, monorail system, piranha tank, automated defenses, and an awesome study/officer for Bloefeld. The Osato executive office was pretty sweet, too, as was Tiger's HQ. This one was a dream for students of architecture and design. ” - grendelkhan
 
44.
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A literally unkillable agent leads an international intelligence agency's fight against an extra-terrestrial terror campaign. (25 mins.)
“ Can't beat Cloudbase! Lots of great designs here, from Mike Trim and Derek Meddings. ” - grendelkhan
 
45.
Urutora sebun (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An alien superhero from M-78 protects Earth from extraterrestrial threats in this popular classic follow-up to the original "Ultraman" TV series. (30 mins.)
“ The Ultra-Garrison is a pretty sweet underground base. Later Ultra series would follow suit. Nothing beats mountains that open up to launch advanced aircraft. ” - grendelkhan
 
46.
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young boy aids in the fight against a mechanized terrorist organization as the sole controller of a prototype giant robot. (30 mins.)
“ UNICORN has a nice place, complete with launch gantries for Giant Robot. The Gargoyle Gang had some pretty good lairs, too. ” - grendelkhan
 
47.
Tobruk (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A Canadian POW major is rescued by a special British military unit made up of Germans to help lead an attack on a major Nazi fuel depot in Tobruk, Libya. (107 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ The Germans have another sweet bunker set-up, this time controlling the approaches to the harbor of Tobruk. The designs were basically adapted from the bunker arrangements of the Atlantic Wall. ” - grendelkhan
 
48.
Fantastic Four (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four costumed superheroes battle the world's most terrifying villains. (30 mins.)
“ The Baxter Building was a nice take on the skyscraper HQ; stolen from Doc Savage. ” - grendelkhan
 
49.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Several choices, between the orbital station, the moonbase, or the Tyco crater, not to mention the Odyssey. ” - grendelkhan
 
50.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world. (142 mins.)
Director: Peter Hunt
“ Bloefeld's Piz Gloria set up was fairly sweet, especially the underground lab complex. Every supervillain should have a bobsled run for an escape route! ” - grendelkhan
 
51.
The Assassination Bureau (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The Assassination Bureau has existed for decades (perhaps centuries) until Diana Rigg begins to investigate it... (110 mins.)
Director: Basil Dearden
“ The Bureau has a nice hidden headquarters and a fine conference area. They also had their own zeppelin (shanghaied from the Germans). It's all suitably Victorian, with plenty of wood and brass and leather chairs. ” - grendelkhan
 
52.
Latitude Zero (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A journalist is saved by a giant submarine captained by a 200 year old man who takes him to an underwater paradise city where no one ages. That's when monsters and mutants sent by the captain's rival, a 200 year old scientist, attack. (89 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ The villain has a kooky island base. ” - grendelkhan
 
53.
H.R. Pufnstuf (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The adventures of a boy trapped in a fantastic land with a dragon friend and a witch enemy. (30 mins.)
“ Witchiepoo had a pretty wild castle, though you never get to see very much of it. ” - grendelkhan
 
54.
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans. (95 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
“ By far the best set of the Apes films, the underground New York City, especially the bomb cathedral. ” - grendelkhan
 
55.
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators. (100 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
“ The Colossus facility, seen at the beginning, is rather awe-inspiring, with miles of electronics and computer components. The control center, filmed at a university, is a nice display of modern architecture. ” - grendelkhan
 
56.
Here Come the Double Deckers! (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The adventures of a gang of seven kids whose clubhouse is an abandoned double decker bus in a London junkyard. Usually involves a bit of singing, a bit of dancing and general fun times. (30 mins.)
“ The kid gang had their HQ inside a derelict double-decker bus, inside a junkyard. The junkyard had a secret entrance in the fence; a board that swiveled open, like a drawbridge. ” - grendelkhan
 
57.
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A group of scientists investigates a deadly new alien virus before it can spread. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ The Project Wildfire complex is amazing, with multiple levels buried underground, complete with sanitation protocols, labs, defense systems, and amenities. It would inspire Project Pegasus at Marvel Comics. ” - grendelkhan
 
58.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon. (120 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Ken Adams had more fun here, with the Willard White Penthouse, the White technical labs, and the oil platform set-up that SPECTRE uses to control their satellite. ” - grendelkhan
 
59.
Gatchaman (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A team of bird-themed superhero ninjas battle the menace of Galactor, a technologically advanced international terrorist organization determined to conquer the world. (25 mins.)
“ The Science Ninja Team's Coral Base is awesome, though Galactor manages to erect a decent base or two. They were better at the mecha, though. ” - grendelkhan
 
60.
Sealab 2020 (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Cartoon adventure series that focused on a group of 21st century Oceanauts in their experimental complex on the ocean floor. (30 mins.)
“ This was a pretty cool underwater habitation, complete with labs and living quarters. Later revived for Sealab 2021, for more comedic effect. ” - grendelkhan
 
61.
Genesis II (1973 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A scientist who has been preserved in suspended animation wakes up to find himself in a primitive society in the future. (74 mins.)
“ Love the PAX underground complex, complete with high speed subterranean rail system. ” - grendelkhan
 
62.
Live and Let Die (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader. (121 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ The cave complex at the end was kind of boring, but the offices under the Fillet of Soul was a bit interesting. The alligator farm was far more memorable, though. ” - grendelkhan
 
63.
Super Friends (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The greatest of the DC Comics superheroes work together to uphold the good with the help of some young proteges. (60 mins.)
“ The Hall of Justice is a pretty nice set-up, modeled after the Cleveland train station. ” - grendelkhan
 
64.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Apelike aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it. (84 mins.)
Director: Jun Fukuda
“ The aliens have a pretty nice set-up, until Big G comes along. ” - grendelkhan
 
65.
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder. (125 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ After the rather lackluster generic cave set up in Live and Let Die, the EON guys went to town with Scaramanga's island getaway, complete with shooting gallery. MI_6 get some pretty cool digs, hidden inside a semi-capsized ocean vessel, complete with dizzying angles. ” - grendelkhan
 
66.
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Doc and the Amazing Five battle Captain Seas and "the green death" for control of a fabulous resource. (112 mins.)
“ Doc had a nice city home, with his Empire State Building New York HQ, and the Arctic Fortress of Solitude (later swiped for Superman). ” - grendelkhan
 
67.
Space: 1999 (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space. (50 mins.)
“ Moonbase Alpha was far more spectacular than the series. ” - grendelkhan
 
68.
The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Scooby Doo and the gang solve mysteries; then Blue Falcon and Dynomutt fight crime in each two-part episode of this animated series. (24 mins.)
“ Blue Falcon's penthouse lair was quite nice, complete with swimming pool garage for the Falcon Car. ” - grendelkhan
 
69.
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Charles Dreyfus, who has finally cracked over inspector Clouseau's antics, escapes from a mental institution and launches an elaborate plan to get rid of Clouseau once and for all. (103 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Inspector Dreyfuss sets up shop inside a Bavarian castle, complete with pipe-organ and doomsday weapon. ” - grendelkhan
 
70.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed. (125 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Now this is how you design villain lairs. First, you have the awesome ocean complex for Stromberg, which was submersible; then, you have the supertanker mobile site, with it's built-in sub pen. Everything a high tech super pirate needs for world domination. ” - grendelkhan
 
71.
Man from Atlantis (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The adventures of a man with amphibious abilities. (60 mins.)
“ Mr. Schubert had a nice underwater cave complex, complete with sub pen. Parts were later recycled as the base for the research sub that Mark worked from. ” - grendelkhan
 
72.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ Two words: Death Star! The Rebel base was kinda cool, too. ” - grendelkhan
 
73.
Space Sentinels (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A trio of teenage superheroes, representing three different racial groups, use their powers to fight against evil forces. (30 mins.)
“ The trio has a nice HQ: a spaceship, nestled inside a dormant volcano! Couldn't they have found a more stable location? ” - grendelkhan
 
74.
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch. (113 mins.)
Director: Sam Wanamaker
“ The film makes great use of Petra, as the home of the Greek alchemist that Sinbad must consult. ” - grendelkhan
 
75.
Superman (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero. (143 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Lex Luthor had some nice digs, in an old, abandoned Metropolis subway station. The pool is a nice touch, though the library is my favorite. Superman's Fortress of Solitude isn't bad, either, though I missed the giant gold door and the trophies inside. ” - grendelkhan
 
76.
Jason of Star Command (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young Space Command officer fights the evil space lord Dragos and his minions in his jurisdiction of the universe. (30 mins.)
“ Star Command had a pretty cool asteroid set up, just across from the Space Academy (setting for the earlier Filmation series). ” - grendelkhan
 
77.
Challenge of the Superfriends (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The Justice League of America battles the plots of the supervillian team, the Legion of Doom. (30 mins.)
“ The Hall of Doom is a worthy counterpart to the Hall of Justice, though it does it one better, since it can fly! ” - grendelkhan
 
78.
Moonraker (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide. (126 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Drax's orbital space station is kind of generic but the Mayan launch site is pretty darn cool. The French chateau was top of the line, too. ” - grendelkhan
 
79.
Flash Gordon (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The adventures of the comic strip space hero and his friends as they battle the tyranny of Ming the Merciless on the planet Mongo. (30 mins.)
“ Hard to pick between Ming's palace, the Hawkmen's Sky City, Arboria, Corellia, or the cliff fortress of the Beastmen (recycled for the Frigian snow giants). ” - grendelkhan
 
80.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ The Hoth Base set-up is nice, though a bit chilly. The Empire lags a bit, though Vader has a pimped-out Super Star Destroyer. Cloud City is pretty sweet. ” - grendelkhan
 
81.
Thundarr the Barbarian (1980 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A barbarian and his companions wander a devastated future Earth and fight evil where ever they find it. (30 mins.)
“ Many great wizard lairs, though I am partial to one Mushroom-shaped design, seen only in the credits. ” - grendelkhan
 
82.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands. (127 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ A little sedate on the lairs, but Kristato's monastic set-up is interesting. ” - grendelkhan
 
83.
Octopussy (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent's death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces. (131 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ Kamal Khan's mountain fortress makes for a decent set-up and Octopussy's island hang-out gets points for interesting, if only dor the dozens of hotties hanging out there. ” - grendelkhan
 
84.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull. (30 mins.)
“ Hard to decide which was cooler, Castle Greyskull or Snake Mountain. Flip a coin. ” - grendelkhan
 
85.
The Last Starfighter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A discouraged video-gaming boy finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force. (101 mins.)
Director: Nick Castle
“ Rather liked the Star League's base for the gunstars, built into the side of an asteroid. ” - grendelkhan
 
86.
G.I. Joe (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An elite special missions force fights against the terrorist forces of Cobra. (30 mins.)
“ The JOE team had a decent underground HQ; but COBRA always had the better digs. Not crazy about the snake decor, though. ” - grendelkhan
 
87.
Thundercats (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A team of humanoid cats fight evil in their adopted home world. (30 mins.)
“ The Thudercat HQ (a giant cat building) was a great little home for the kitties. ” - grendelkhan
 
88.
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Lo Pan has a fun little set-up, beneath San Francisco's Chinatown. Love the big stairs! ” - grendelkhan
 
89.
The Spirit (1987 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A legally dead police detective decides to battle crime as a masked superhero. (74 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz
“ The Wildwood Cemetary HQ lived up to the comic strip original. ” - grendelkhan
 
90.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis. (127 mins.)
“ Petra returns as the resting place of the Holy Grail. ” - grendelkhan
 
91.
The Shadow (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In 30's New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb. (108 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
“ Russell Mulcahy didn't get much right, but the Sanctum Sanctorum was fairly well done. ” - grendelkhan
 
92.
Stargate (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra. (116 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ The stargate is housed in what looks like a take-off of the Norad complex. The setting was reused for the tv show. ” - grendelkhan
 
93.
Dexter's Laboratory (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The misadventures of a boy genius and his annoying sister. (23 mins.)
“ Dexter combined the best elements of the secret lab complex. Mandark's was too "showy." ” - grendelkhan
 
94.
Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
Marvel's hard-boiled hero is brought to TV. He is brought back to fight the menace of Hydra after exiling... (120 mins.)
Director: Rod Hardy
“ Early attempt at the Helicarrier isn't too bad, though why you need watertight doors on a vessel that flies through the air is beyond me. ” - grendelkhan
 
95.
The Powerpuff Girls (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three super-powered little girls constantly save the world (or at least the city of Townsville) from monsters, would-be conquerers and a few other gross things. (30 mins.)
“ Professor Utonium had a nice mid-century modern house, but Mojo Jo-Jo's mountain HQ steals the show! ” - grendelkhan
 
96.
The Venture Bros. (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The bizarre animated escapades of pseudo-heroic scientist Dr. Rusty Venture, his competent, high strung bodyguard, and his two over-enthusiastic sons. (22 mins.)
“ Love the Venture Compound, complete with space age building, mid-century modern living areas, and various hangars and labs. The Spider Island base is pretty cool, too, though the best is the Monarch's cocoon command ship. ” - grendelkhan
 
97.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After New York City receives a series of attacks from giant flying robots, a reporter teams up with a pilot in search of their origin, as well as the reason for the disappearances of famous scientists around the world. (106 mins.)
Director: Kerry Conran
“ The Flying Legion has a decent hidden airfield, but the villain has a much cooler hidden island complex. The Tibetan realm is pretty nice, too. meanwhile, the Brit's have airborne carriers and female attack squadrons. if only the story had been as cool as the design. ” - grendelkhan
 
98.
Iron Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, a billionaire engineer creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ Tony Stark has one kick-@$$ ocean-side home! ” - grendelkhan
 
99.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization. (124 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ The Red Skull had some nice hidden digs, especially the giant windows. ” - grendelkhan
 
100.
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ Helicarrier! ” - grendelkhan