Event report: London Film Fair 2022 (6 November 2022)November 15, 2022
What: London Film Fair 2022
Where: Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, London, England
When: 6 November 2022
Tickets: £5 (Early Bird Tickets £10)
We had chosen Royal National Hotel as one of our hotels to stay due to the event, and we had booked early bird tickets beforehand, so it was easy just to walk in at 8 am after we had a breakfast in our hotel.
We walked the area around and found wonderful items, such as magazines, books and autographs that many sellers had on their desks. You could buy so many beautiful Bond and other related things from here.
Our first “target” was Terry Sach, who appeared in “A View to a Kill” (1985) in two different roles. He is a waiter in Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, when Bond (Roger Moore) and his contact Achille Aubergine (Jean Rougerie) are having a drink before May Day (Grace Jones) interrupts them. Terry told us that the this sequence was done in the studio in England. In the final film, you can’t see Terry’s face, only hands in the sequence.
Terry appeared also in a same movie as a Mining Guard searching truck for Bond in a later scene near San Francisco, USA. These scenes were filmed also in England.
Then we moved on and met the legendary stuntman and stunt coordinator Paul Weston, who we had met back in 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden. Paul remembered that he spent wonderful four days then in Sweden. Paul has been a stunt double e.g. for Roger Moore in “Octopussy” (1983) and Timothy Dalton in “Licence to Kill” (1989), where he jumps down from the balcony of Hemingway House in Key West, USA doubling Bond. See more about that 007 location here.
Paul told us how they made a cable-car scene in “Moonraker” (1979) where he doubled Jaws (Richard Kiel). They had a mini trampoline, and he had to jump from one cable-car to another. This was done in the studio.
Paul has also been an actor in small roles in a couple of Bond movies. One where he has also a speaking part is “The Living Daylights” (1987), where he shouts at Bond (Timothy Dalton). “Here. Hold on, you’re dead” in a pre-credit sequence, which was filmed in Gibraltar. See more about that 007 filming location here.
We asked what happened to his part in “SPECTRE” (2015), where he was supposed to be Franz Oberhauser’s (Christoph Waltz) chauffeur. Paul told us that they filmed the sequence, he drove both sides of Thames with Oberhauser (Blofeld), but that scene ended up on a cutting room floor. Hopefully we can see it some day in deleted scenes of some Blu-Ray release for instance.
Last, but not least guest on our list was Sean Cronin, who appeared in “The World Is Not Enough” (1999) as Renard’s henchman. He has also another Bond connection, when he made a Heineken commercial, which was related to “Skyfall” (2012) release. Sean told that he participated in several “Skyfall” premieres ten years ago. He told us that Heineken put millions of pounds to advertise the movie and only thing we see in the movie is a couple of seconds Bond (Daniel Craig) holding a Heineken bottle and drinking from it. You can’t even see the logo of Heineken in the movie.
Sean has already completed a movie called “Rendel 2: Cycle of Revenge” (2023), which has been quite a troubled production, since the filming was done already in 2019, was scheduled to be released early 2021, but the movie has not a release date yet (November 2022). Anyway, Sean invited us to the premiere in Finland whenever it will be. He seemed to be a really nice guy and we are looking forward hearing from him soon.
We also bought one special autograph. Here in the picture is Dame Judi Dench in “Skyfall” (2012)
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