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The Gold Vault That Floods in Netflix’s Casa de Papel? It’s Real

  • Bank of Spain’s bullion is protected by a real-life water trap
  • Barriers to would-be raiders include three greased steel doors
Vault flooding scene from the show.
Vault flooding scene from the show.Source: Netflix

When a bandit in the Netflix series La Casa de Papel dons snorkeling gear to swim through a flooded gold vault in the Bank of Spain, the stunt seems worthy of a James Bond villain.

But what looks like a far-fetched TV plot is actually based on real-life security defenses in place at Spain’s central bank.