Seven Days of Bond: Britt Ekland and Richard Kiel at Nene Valley
Preview by Jack Foley
FIVE-time James Bond director John Glen presented Peterborough with a gold disc commemorating Nene Valley’s integral role in James Bond history on Friday, September 21, as part of the 007 Days of Bond tour to celebrate the release of the Bond 50 Collection on Blu-ray.
Glen, who directed a thrilling train stunt sequence in Octopussy at Nene Valley Station in 1983, was reunited with his stunt performer Paul Weston as they relived the thrilling moments on the locomotive and around the track, before presenting a Nene Valley representative with a commemorative 50 Years of Bond gold Blu-ray disc.
Returning to the station for the first time in nearly thirty years, Glen said: “It’s fantastic to come back here to Nene to celebrate 50 years of Bond and the release on Blu-ray.
“I still remember all the adventures we had with the wonderful steam engine here – it’s a great trip down memory lane.”
He continued: “We shot Octopussy here over 8 or 9 days and the train sequence turned out to be a huge part of the film, with Peterborough doubling for East Germany, which at the time was in the midst of the Cold War.
“Of the five Bond films I’ve directed Octopussy is my favourite, with a real sense of fun, mixing the trains, the circus, clowns, animals and of course Roger Moore, who was brilliant to work with. It was like living out my childhood dreams!”
Some 12 years later, Martin Campbell reunited Nene Valley with James Bond when the station was used for an action sequence involving fifth James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, who ambushed Alec Trevelyn’s (Sean Bean) train with a waiting tank.
Stunt performer Marc Cass, who worked on Goldeneye, was also present on the day.
The Nene Valley event was Day 4 of the 007 Days of Bond Blu-relay.
Alongside Glen and Weston, the golden Bond 50 briefcase is being be carried by other 007 icons including Bond actresses Britt Ekland, Eunice Gayson and Tania Mallet, classic villain Richard Kiel (Jaws) and Oscar-winning Costume Designer Lindy Hemming.
It was first set by Bond legend Sir Roger Moore on Wednesday when the Aston Martin left Beaulieu Motor Museum before it started its journey at Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands, with first Bond girl Eunice Gayson starting the 007 Days digital timer at the The World Is Not Enough location.
Other locations on the seven-day tour include The Eden Project which doubled as villain Gustav Graves’ diamond mine in Die Another Day (2002), Stoke Park, the scene of 1964’s classic golfing encounter in Goldfinger, Penbryn Beach, in Wales which doubled for North Korea in the climax of Die Another Day (2002) and a farm in Lochgilphead where a helicopter retraced the journey featured in From Russia With Love (1963).
After seven days of adventure the golden briefcase will arrive in Central London at 10.07am on September 24, as Britt Ekland and Richard Kiel hand-deliver it to the HMV store on Oxford Street with the Aston Martin stopping in front of the store.
The relay has been featuring in blogs and videos on the official home of James Bond, 007.com.
The Bond 50 Blu-ray Collection features all 22 Bond films for the first time in high definition. It is released on Monday, September 24. Pre-order now