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London Calling 007 Agents

12 Dec

Hey Mediadreamzers

Beginning of the month has been a little quiet and although this isn’t a media job, but more of a media activity, and it was an awesome one. And what better way to count down the 12 days till Christmas than heading into London for a James Bond weekend. This was a 2-day activity, I only went for one day and boy did I love it. Mission accepted and up early to get the train into London and made it to one of the film locations earlier than I thought I would. Once in the Capital, I met up with other Bond fans outside Barbican tube station, and from that point on there were iconic coincidences throughout the day, something that I jinxed; outside the station a lady passed us carrying a Cello (The Living Daylights), when walking towards the Barbican there were painted Qs in the cycle lines, construction of a tall building (Casino Royale; minus the climbing the building or free-running) there were others but these are just a few I wanted to share.

 

The day started off by heading to the Barbican where one of the scenes from Quantum of Solace was shot. At one stage we were wondering around the Barbican trying to find the part where the scene was shot, but we did. One of the fun things about the day was the group got separated, 3 times and I find that that is the best part of touring London, its part of the fun. From the Barbican we moved onto the Smithfield Carpark to where Skyfall was shot; the scene where Bond has been de-briefed and is in the car with Tanner going to the new Mi6.

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The rest of the day was going around and across London on the underground to different points; next location was to Liverpool Street to Broadgate Tower; again Skyfall- The scene where Bond falls the assassin and is hanging from the bottom of the elevator. From Broadgate Tower it was travelling to the College of Arms; where George Lazenby got his ‘Coat of Arms’ in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The building was really interesting and had a mixture of different coats of arms on the walls, and met up with other Bond enthusiasts before heading to Pret for lunch, and a chance to chat.

 

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From Pret we headed to Trinty Square from Skyfall where M arrives to meet Mallory and I think also when Bond chased after Silver to M’s hearing. It was fun re-enacting the walking into the building scene one by one.

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From Trinty Sq. we moved onto Ornamental Canal (and this was the second time we got separated from the others). When we did get to Ornamental Canal, which was from The World is Not Enough; Bond chasing the assassin towards the Millenium Dome, which continued onto Shadwell to Crossharbour.

 

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Once there  it was getting shots of the canal the moment came to take group pictures and selfies, as the light was just right. Back to the station, the group slowly started to diminish as people needed to travel back home, so the phrase ‘Agent Down’ was said each time a member of the group left (Although at first, I said ‘Another agent has died, which got a few laughs). We travelled to Mi6 HQ, which has been used in numerous Bond films; GoldenEye, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Skyfall and Spectre. Whilst there we got group pics of us outside ‘our place of work’, and we talked about how Mi6 used to recruit people and how it has all changed.

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During the day people in the group asked what it is I do for work, or said that they noticed on my Facebook page that I work for SIS; the initials as of the secret service. Before moving onto Buckingham Palace, unfortunately not to get knighted by the Queen, more agents left the group; ‘agents down’ to head home the group then became 7. There was a slight detour to see Ian Fleming’s blue Plaque and one of the houses that he owned. Once at Buckingham Palace, we captured the last leg of the tour with a group photo before going to Greenwich tube station and all agents heading home. All Agents down.

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What a fabtastic day meeting so many people and catching up with those I have met before, I so hope there is another 007 event next year, maybe a casino royale night at the Hippodrome, or going to one of the many countries used in Bond films and making it into a holiday of some form. Although getting the train home was a bit of a nightmare, it was still a great day. I think as a group we walked about 17,000 steps from the whole day itself. Meeting everyone who had been allocated a 00 status was fun, and of course, there were 2 people known as Q, and I stuck with Moneypenny within the group.

My next post for the weekend being 17th/18th December would have been posting about Peter Vaugh but with him, unfortunately passing away, the Museum of Comedy had to cancel the event. Though the next time I will be back in London is for another Christmas party; had one last Friday in London and saw Al Murray when we at one of the pubs. Could have gone to another party that same night but didn’t know about it, until the last minute.

Lets seen what is next on the cards, and hope I get to meet everyone again soon

Nunquam Deditioneum

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A day to remember, in more ways than one

8 Mar

This will certainly be a day that I and most of the people of Leicester will certainly not forget quickly. This of course is all down to the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge paying a royal visit to the city, as the first part of the Diamond Jubilee Tour. Making my way into the city, I can honestly sat that there were enough metal barriers to fortify a castle, and police officers, my gosh there were enough to fill two football stadiums. I don’t think a ghost would have escaped there attention or even gotten through the barriers.

The other reason to make a note on the day, ladies, is because of it being International Women’s Day, so I can say that the Queen and Catherine chose the right day to come to the East Midlands. prior to me seeing the Queen, the Duke and the Duchess I spent the bring at the Apple store, getting more of my film planned and onto the timeline, only a few more shots needed and then the whole thing can come together.

In addition to all my activities of the day, I have now signed up to be a volunteer at the Little Theatre, so I am waiting on my membership card to come through, and I can start to help out and learn new skills, one of which is learning how to make wigs in the costume department.

The first stop for the royal party was DeMontfort University, to attend a fashion show, meet students and staff and chose a fashion student to be the one to design the Duchess a pair of shoes. Other individuals in Leicester were given the honour of presenting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh gifts of their talents and creativity. One in particular was a picture of a Corgi, by a talented 10 year old girl, and I must say it was a wonderful drawing.

I then legged it to St martin’s Square to get footage of the crowds at the cathedral, and after getting shots of the car, I made my way to the Clock Tower.

Once there, I and half of the city’s population, waited for hours and hours for the royal party to arrive. Though whilst we waited we were certainly entertained by two guys dressed as grandmas on really big motor powered trolley bags, men on bikes and dances at the Clock Tower. The day was great, the only down side was being stuck next to a guy who kept twitching and shouting uncontrollably.

Soon the waiting was over: The Queen descended on the crowds in the big royal car, that was brown. The final part of the day ended with the mayor of the city welcoming the royal family to Leicester, and the Queen veiling a plaque that renamed what is St Nicholas Circle, which will now be known as Jubilee square.

After standing for nearly three hours when it came to leave I am gonna be honest and say I could not walk probably. I had to walk with my toes curled in when heading back to my car, and I can say I will certainly not forget the day, not for a very longtime, and the same goes for everyone else.

On a final note to mark the end of a wonderful day, God save the Queen, the Duchess and Happy Women’s Day to you all.

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