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SPECIAL: David Arnold Live in Concert & LONDON Location Filming

Not much has happened here on The Bond Bulletin since May 25th – largely due to the fact, that filming my documentary project “A Bond For Life” ate up a lot of time with many location shoots and editing. Plus, I also have a day job to do 🙂 Still, I was very much looking forward to be on location in good old London again with my dear friends Wolfgang, Alan and Dean joining us from the US, and it´s not an understatement to say that this was by far the most exciting but also exhausting trip so far.

After breakfast on Friday July 3rd, we visited the “BOND IN MOTION” exhibition at the London Transport Museum and I can honestly highly recommend that to everyone who is visiting London and has a soft spot for cars, especially Bond cars! Although the exhibition rooms are quite dark in places, it is allowed to take photos without flash and I would have been a fool not to take some video clips as well. Those will find their way into my documentary.
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Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin

Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
The tour continued to the College of Arms, used as a filming location in 1969 for “On Her Majesty´s Secret Service”. This time, we went inside and discovered a few pages of the original film script that had additional dialogue and Scene remarks for a character named Phidian not used in the film as well as interesting notes on the side. Prior to our visit, I had obtained permission to film a scene in the courtyard which went smoothly in three takes.
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Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
For dinner, I had picked an american restaurant called “Avenue” in St. James Street. The food was absolutely delicious, the service excellent and we treated ourselves to the Bond experience by having a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne – only Vesper Martinis in Duke´s Hotel could even top that where we were once again welcomed by charming italian Barman Alessandro and his wonderfully detailed explanation of his Vesper version, a tribute to Ian Fleming.
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Saturday started with a Walking Tour through the Docklands area in which the Thames Boat Chase from “The World is not Enough” was filmed. Twelve years after my first visit to this area, I recorded two scenes on Glengall Bridge where Bond dives with the Q-Boat in pursuit of the Cigar Girl.
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We made our way back into the city center since I wanted to film on The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace. The large flags had been put up for the Tour de France, so this is a sight you don´t get too often.
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Before dinner in Bond Girl Eva Greens favourite restaurant “St. Johns Bread & Wine” in 94 Commercial Street (Spitalfields), Wolfgang and I went to Bloomsbury Square Gardens where the National Literacy Trust’s Books About Town project had placed a bench dedicated to our much loved secret agent designed and hand-painted by Freyja Dean. The bench incorporates elements from Fleming stories such as “Casino Royale“, “Live And Let Die”, and “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” and it will be auctioned for charity at the end of summer. So this presented us with the perfect place for an interview – a one time opportunity!
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Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
Just a few streets opposite St. Johns restaurant, in Primrose Street, we found Broadgate Tower, prominently featured in “Skyfall” and doubling for Shanghai along with some of Londons skyscrapers.
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Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
Back in the hotel, I admired the view from my room every night – directly looking onto the Odeon cinema in which most Bond films had their premiere.
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Our schedule left us a bit of room on Sunday, so we went for a midday stroll through Regent´s Park in which a deleted scene from “Skyfall” was filmed. It is briefly seen in the first Teaser Trailer and shows Bond jogging for his evaluation training.
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Before meeting the others at the Royal Festival Hall for the David Arnold Concert, I went to do some filming in Whitehall and ended up in front of the Ministry of Defence which can be seen in “For Your Eyes Only”. Normally it´s guarded by police and the many cameras certainly gave me shivers while I set up my tripod and camera to film a short scene.
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Then came the moment we had all been waiting for: meeting members of the John Barry & James Bond Music Appreciation Society at the Riverside Terrace of the Royal Festival Hall. We had a great time chatting to each other, exchanging opinions about the Bond films and the music as well as recording several interviews for my documentary. Best thing however was the group photo we took together, followed by two magnificent scenes for my film. You will love it! Thanks again to everybody for being so relaxed in front of my camera and making these moments something to remember for ages!
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The bar area inside the Royal Festival Hall presented me with an unexpected opportunity when I ran into the producers of the british TV series “Sherlock“, Steven Moffat and his wife Sue Vertue who kindly sent a video greeting to my best friend Sarah who is a big fan of the series.
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At 8pm, the concert finally started and we were treated to David Arnolds wonderful compositions from “Stargate”, “Wing Commander”, “Sherlock” and of course a wide selection of James Bond tunes from “White Knight”, “City of Lovers” and “Surrender” (brilliantly performed by David McAlmont) to “You know my Name” and “The World is Not Enough” performed by David Arnold himself. It was a great feeling to be there and enjoy these two hours of pure musical joy together with Fans who had come from the whole of Europe and also from the United States.
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Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
Although I had written to David Arnold prior to the event and he had agreed to do an interview for my film, I was rather unsure if it would really happen. My second biggest problem was the light once we came to the Artists Entrance – there was no sufficient light for the video function of the camera and so it was a 50:50 chance to get him to do the interview inside. I was first in line in a queue of 25-30 eager fans, patiently waiting for Mr. Arnold when suddenly another unexpected guest star came: actor Mark Gatiss, writer and producer of “Sherlock” who also portrays Holmes´ brother Mycroft in the series. He too kindly recorded a video greeting to my best friend. I was stunned!
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We all thought that this must be our lucky night when yet another well-loved star exited via the Artists Entrance: Lyricist Don Black who, together with John Barry, wrote the lyrics to “Thunderball” “Diamonds Are Forever”, “The Man with the Golden Gun”  as well as “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “The World is not Enough” in collaboration with David Arnold. I had previously met Don Black last year in October at his own concert “A Life in Song” but hadn´t started work on my film then. So I was of course overjoyed when he briefly answered my question how James Bond changed his life. I most certainly had not expected to get so many high ranking stars in front of my camera in just a few hours.
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Then, finally, at 11.50pm David Arnold came out and was immediately the center of attention. He remembered me and I quickly explained my dilemma with the low light and asked, if we could do the interview inside. Seeing the long queue, I expected a “No”, but he was so friendly and told me to set up the equipment inside and wait for him to finish giving autographs and taking photos outside. He really took time for everyone waiting in line which was such a nice thing to do after a long day. I really must say, it was phenomenal how all the famous names interacted with their fans that night – so friendly and patient.
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At 00.30am, my time had finally come and despite the fact that by that time we were all feeling the same exhaustion and tiredness, David Arnold had kept word and gave me my first ever interview with a famous star. You can probably guess how nervous I was. It´s this one moment – when you stick a microphone on the lapel of a world famous composer – where you have to make it count and try not to f*** it up. This was the first time since I started filming, that one take did the trick and I didn´t make a mistake of some kind. The interview will be in the final film, so that´s definitely something to look forward to!
Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
Photo Copyright: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin
After this terrific evening, I made my way back to the hotel while doing some night shots here and there. London is really mysterious at night and looks stunning with all the lights and without people clogging the pavements and streets. Overall I was very satisfied with filming, I returned with 170 amazing video clips and 596 photos which added up to over 35 gigabytes in total. I couldn´t have achieved this without my friends Alan, Dean and Wolfgang along with everybody we met at the concert so a
BIG THANK YOU 
goes out to you!!

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