Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

From Pinewood with Love

We have been transported to the English countryside to hang out with the cast and crew of the latest James Bond film. It’s called Skyfall for some reason. Chicken Little has not sued. A visit to Pinewood Studios is always …

Wed, Apr 11, 2012, 12:44

   

We have been transported to the English countryside to hang out with the cast and crew of the latest James Bond film. It’s called Skyfall for some reason. Chicken Little has not sued. A visit to Pinewood Studios is always a treat. You don’t really see all that much. But you are made aware that here is where a great deal of film history was made. Pictures of Gregory Peck, Tom Cruise and — yes — Norman Wisdom plaster the walls of the manor house at the studio’s core.

We have had a chat with Daniel Craig (J Bond), Barbara Broccoli (producer) and Bérénice Marlohe (current holder of the Bond girl curse). Following fishcakes and roast potatoes, we will get to meet up with Judi Dench and  Javier Bardem. Everybody is being hilarious cagey about the plot. For all I know, the picture concerns efforts to repaint the Clyde Bridge.

The highlight of my day so far, however, has definitely been the opportunity to hold the Walther PPK that Sean Connery used in From Russia With Love. It’s heavier than you’d think. When set beside a Glock, it looks like something that Roy Rogers might have used. But I still went a bit funny while wielding. It’s a funny thing. A man can live his life a sandal-wearing wet liberal. He can frown at the United States’ dubious affair with the firearm. But put a vintage pistol in his hand and he will, like as not, crumble into pathetic machine worship.

Must run. Judi Dench is waiting.

 

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