Monday, 13 February 2012

James Bond And Me


It wasn’t a good start of the weekend. My street was full of signs like this one:


On Friday afternoon huge lorries started to park everywhere. Long traffic jams started to build up and I was wondering what was going on.
It dawned on me on Saturday morning when I understood that the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall”, was literally being shot on my doorstep! How exciting!
The crew wasn’t allowed to say anything but what they were shooting was pretty easy to guess…
Can you see? It says "Skyfall"

 I was very impressed with the amount of preparation. Two huge buses were apparently being used as a canteen.


There were lots of cars on Millbank, red double-deckers and even black cabs being filmed. A couple of tourists thought that the red bus was a real one and tried to hop on, only to be told that the bus wasn’t going anywhere. It was simply hilarious.

This red bus will not take you anywhere!

I saw Dame Judi Dench (M) with Daniel Craig in a Bentley, and the best shot I managed to take was this one (I promised that they were inside).



Despite the biting cold, I spend a long time walking along the river and if you see someone with a beige coat walking down Millbank when the movie comes out in October, it is me!
James Bond is my favourite British institution. He is a man of few words, you see, and he gets the job done. What is not to love about him? In such instances, you have got to love London!

16 comments:

  1. Ooh how exciting...I do love spotting a bit of filming going on around the city. I saw Woody Allen directing one of his films in the Burlington Arcade a couple of years ago...alas, not much since then though. Bond is a great spot!

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  2. Elizabeth Young13 February 2012 10:45

    How exciting! This is definitely history in the making and just another scene in the ever evolving story of your street! Goes to show it is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. My favourite James Bond? Sean Connery of course...

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  3. So was it worth the disruption? The closest I came to a film being shot was on our local beach. They shot the Normandy landings at Ballinesker beach. Tom Hanks and Stephen Speilberg were around, unfortunately I didn't bump into them.

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  4. Awesome! I am not a big James Bond fan but I love Daniel Craig. Very cool!

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  5. I think of James Bond as the quintessential British Romp. Ian Fleming came from the Scottish Fleming banking family and split his year between Hampstead Garden Suburb and Jamaica. The Hungarian modernist architect Erno Goldfinger, built his acclaimed modernist house @ 48 Willow Road. Fleming hated the house so much he named his arch-villian after Goldfinger. It is now a National Trust property. M16 when Fleming worked there was in Broadway Buildings and the Almshouses in Rochester Row were a location in Her Majesty's Secret Service.

    It is good to see 007 still keeping the British end up.

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  6. Ha! I can relate, Muriel! That is so exciting! Some years back, they filmed portions of "A Beautiful Mind" around the corner from where I lived. They were there for weeks and I saw the three leads (included Russell Crowe) and director Ron Howard! I'll be looking for you in the Bond movie!

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  7. And what's not to love about Daniel Craig right? ;-))

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  8. Nothing. I love him! The best this country has to offer, right?

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  9. I loved this movie! It must have been exciting for you. The problem is that I am really impatient to watch the movie now!

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  10. It is really good. I never really understood what Fleming was doing at MI 6...
    As for the house in Jamaica, I would give anything for a bit of sun right now...
    Oh, and I didn't know that you liked Bond that much!

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  11. The problem is that I am really impatient now. I suppose I will just have to wait...

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  12. I was a bit annoyed at first because all roads were closed but I am pleased that James Bond was at my doorstep!

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  13. I loved Sean Connery! But Daniel Craig is not that bad, is he?

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  14. I was so excited! Now I am very impatient to see the movie...I hope it will be good!

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  15. good one, .... i remember when my sis was living in chicago and they were filming one of the SpiderMan movies and covering the street signs to make it seem NYC instead... :) PhotoBoy wants to know.... WHO IS THE NEW JAMES BOND???? EMAIL ME OR FB ME! :)

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  16. Hi Stacey! James Bond is still Daniel Craig for Skyfall... but for the next one...well who knows?

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