Skyfall train makes maiden public journey
Story by Jack Foley
TO MARK its unprecedented success at the UK box office and its release on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, February 18, 2013, Skyfall has become the first film to lend its name to a train in the UK.
The East Coast train was officially unveiled on Platform 007 at London King’s Cross Station over the weekend and undertook its maiden public journey at 5:40am on Monday morning (February 18) on the Flying Scotsman route from Edinburgh, arriving at London King’s Cross at 9.40am.
The train number is, somewhat appropriately, 91007 and is now officially in active service.
Skyfall actress Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny), alongside Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and East Coast Managing Director Karen Boswell, unveiled the vehicle on Saturday before becoming one of the VIP passengers on the maiden journey.
She said: “This train is absolutely amazing and what they’ve done with the livery is beautiful – I never thought that I would see my face on the side of a train. It says a lot about the success of Skyfall that it has become the first ever film to give its name to a train in the UK and it’s so exciting that it’s going into public service from Monday.”
Karen Boswell, Managing Director of East Coast, said: “We’re thrilled that actors, producers and writers from the latest Bond film joined us to launch an East Coast train named SKYFALL on Saturday.
“It’s really exciting, and I am sure our customers will look forward to travelling on SKYFALL too, starting with our prestigious Flying Scotsman service from Edinburgh and Newcastle to London on Monday morning.”
Customers hoping to travel on the Skyfall train over the coming weeks can look out for it travelling between London, Edinburgh, York and Leeds.
Skyfall itself features two classic train scenes – a thrilling chase on the Istanbul Railway in the opening sequence, along with an epic London Underground sequence in which a tube train literally goes off the rails when villain Silva (Javier Bardem) wreaks havoc in the Underground network.
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