In Episode 3, Doctor Franklin Hall, the inventor of Gravitonium, is apparently kidnapped
and brought to the estate of Ian Quinn, on the Republic of Malta (an island nation
located in the Mediterranean, just south of Italy).
Quinn tells the doctor that the estate used to belong to the Prime Minister, and that he
moved his business there because it is supposedly off-limits to S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinn
has big plans to develop the Gravitonium technology for fun & profit.
They send in Skye, undercover. When she locates the doctor,
she signals S.H.I.E.L.D., and they storm the place.
But it turns out that Doctor Hall's real intention was to destroy the Gravitonium, which he
believes is too dangerous for either Quinn or S.H.I.E.L.D. to possess. So he sabotages
the experiment, causes a near-disaster, and is apparently killed in the process.
As you'd expect, this is not really Malta. But where is it?
This scene was shot at a Malibu estate that has been featured in a number of movies & TV shows,
including "True Blood" (where it played Queen Sophie-Anne's mansion) and "I Love You Man".
It's located at 26880 Pacific Coast Highway, in Malibu, CA. It sits atop a cliff overlooking
both the ocean and the famous Malibu Colony, about 15 miles northwest of Santa Monica.
The 13-bedroom mansion was recently on sale for $54 million.
[ Warning: This is a private home, located behind gates.
Do not trespass on their property, or disturb the residents.]
And those scenes on the beach, of S.H.I.E.L.D. breaking into the Quinn compound?
Those scenes were filmed at Leo Carillo State Beach, also in Malibu, but about 11 miles
to the west of the estate, at 35000 Pacific Coast Highway.
You've most likely seen this beach before. It's well-known for its picturesque rock formations,
and has appeared in many movies over the years.