Five-time James Bond director John Glen (above left) has presented Peterborough with a gold disc commemorating Nene Valley’s integral role in James Bond history, 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 30 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.
“We shot Octopussy here over eight or nine 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.
The Bond 50 Blu-ray collection will be available on Blu-ray from September 24.