No, Mr Bond; I expect you to die

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James Bond filming (c) Neil Sinclair 2012

The latest James Bond thriller landed on terra firma at Greenwich on Friday 6th January when filming for Skyfall, 23rd movie in the Bond franchise, took place at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC).

We can’t reveal too much about the plot, otherwise there may be even more dead bodies in Greenwich than those in the make-believe morgue set up this week in the undercroft beneath the ORNC’s magnificent Painted Hall.

Eight coffins draped in union jack flags and arranged in two neat rows occupied the vaulted ceilinged room which normally houses the elegant tables and chairs of the King William Undercroft restaurant.

MI6 chief M, played for the seventh time by national treasure Judi Dench, was filmed in the undercroft, surveying the gruesome aftermath of a mass assassination of her agents. Thankfully, although entirely predictably, James Bond – portrayed for the third time by Daniel Craig – was not among them.

Earlier in the filming, a solemn procession of black hearses carrying flag-draped coffins was seen driving slowly along College Way, the main road which bisects the Old Royal Naval College, and past seated mourners.

In the finished film, due for release around November or December, will this be a street in Whitehall near the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office perhaps?

Skyfall director Sam Mendes knows, of course. But do we expect him to reveal plot lines and real location of the morgue? No, but we do expect Footprints of London and Greenwich guide Neil Sinclair to confess a few more juicy details while hosting the 90 minute Lights, Camera Action! tour  on Sunday 8th January and Sunday 15th January.

The ORNC at Greenwich has just starred in the BBC TV Christmas screening of Great Expectations and will have a bit part in Iron Lady, the Maggie Thatcher biopic which opens in UK cinemas this week.

Join Neil Sinclair as he points out exactly where iconic scenes from these and many other blockbusters were shot and reveals some of the off-camera secrets of the stars.

 

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About Neil Sinclair

Neil Sinclair Contact 07950 130939 or mail Neil Sinclair is a freelance business journalist who loves to inject as many amusing, entertaining and sometimes downright wacky anecdotes as possible into his guided walks around the riverside boroughs of Greenwich, Southwark, City of London, Westminster and Clerkenwell & Islington. An energy, transport and business writer by profession, Neil has lived in Greenwich for over 25 years and qualified as an official Greenwich guide in 2007. He regularly leads walks around this World Maritime Heritage site, taking in the magnificent Painted Hall and the Royal Observatory with its famous zero degree line of longitude. Neil qualified as a Southwark Cathedral, Bankside and Borough High Street guide in 2008 and a City of London tour guide in 2009. He added Clerkenwell & Islington to his guiding qualifications in 2011 and this year completed a cunning pincer movement to encircle London by passing the City of Westminster guides diploma course at Westminster University. Walks with Neil are always entertaining and informative, usually good fun and never boring. He mixes history, architecture, art, literature and famous film locations into walks which always go way beyond the usual bland guidebook fare. Neil’s walk portfolio includes: ?Greenwich World Maritime Heritage Site highlights - An absorbing and stimulating tour taking in the tea clipper Cutty Sark, the stunning Baroque architecture of the Old Royal Naval College, the visual splendours of the Painted Hall and Chapel, the trend-setting Palladian style Queen’s House and the world-renowned Royal Observatory. No need to book – tickets can be purchased in person from theGreenwich Tourist Information Centre but please call in advance to check which dates Neil will be leading these walks as his tour dates vary from month to month. ?The Amazing History of the Banks of the River Thames - 2000 years of history, from the mudbanks of the Thames to modernity, from bawdy houses to bear-baiting pits, from an ancient cathedral to a cathedral of modern art ?Shakespeare in London walks - An absorbing, fascinating and eye-opening triple-feature of walks charting the career of the world's most famous playwright from Shoreditch in East London to the affluent City via Southwark's bad and bawdy Bankside. ?Outlaw Southwark – Booze, Brothels and the Bard - A 90 minute circular walk around the atmospheric Bankside area of Southwark, London’s red light district in the Middle Ages. Find out how Southwark became a magnet for lawbreakers, why bishops lived on immoral earnings, which pubs doubled as bawdy houses and what five pence would buy you in a Bankside stew or brothel. Visit the site of Shakespeare’s original Globe theatre and learn why the bard’s brother had an unusually early funeral. Feedback from clients includes: “Thank you .. for guiding our visit to the Old Royal Naval College yesterday. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all our members and guests who will favourably remember … your knowledgeable and articulate descriptions. It really was a privilege to be shown around by someone who obviously loves the place. We are most grateful that you devoted your time to our visit. Thank you again for a fascinating experience.” IW “A very big Thank You from us all for making us feel so welcome yesterday. Neil and … were fantastic guides and we really found the whole experience fascinating. It brought so many aspects together such as medieval history, medicine, Chaucer, Keats and Dickens. I wish I had teachers at school like Neil and … who bring History to life with their stories and knowledge.” CM “Thank you so much for your excellent tour on Wednesday. The students were very impressed with your knowledge and presentation; just what was needed.” RM "A great tour today. All the feedback was excellent. I travelled back on the Clipper with a few of the group and they were very complimentary about your knowledge, clarity and humour." IS
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3 Responses to No, Mr Bond; I expect you to die

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  2. Rob Smith says:

    Intriguing stuff. Wouldnt be the first time Bond was announced as dead to throw his enemies of his trail.

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