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007 tour ends in London

September 26th, 2012 by Marc Comments

 

Former Bond girl Britt Ekland on Monday made a very special golden delivery to HMV on Oxford Street on Wednesday, as the 007 Days of Bond tour reached its final destination in style.

Ekland, star of The Man With The Golden Gun, arrived at the flagship store in the Aston Martin DBS from Quantum of Solace, wearing a stunning gold dress, and delivered the golden briefcase containing the first copy of the Bond 50 Blu-ray Collection, which she presented to British Bond fan Kamal ‘Sunny’ Farsheed, who had been queuing all morning to meet her.

The case, fit with a digital timer that counted down from 007 Days to zero at exactly 10.07am, has travelled over 1,600 miles since it began its journey at Eilean Donan Castle in the Northern Scottish Highlands, with the first ever Bond girl Eunice Gayson starting the timer.

It has toured the most memorable Bond filming locations over seven action-packed days, including Lochgilphead (From Russia With Love), Penbryn Beach, Wales (Die Another Day), Nene Valley, Peterborough (Octopussy, Goldeneye), Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire (Goldfinger, Tomorrow Never Dies) and The Eden Project, Cornwall (Die Another Day).

Along the way, Bond stars and filmmakers have acted as ‘Bond bearers’, including seven-time Bond legend Sir Roger Moore, Tania Mallet (Goldfinger), Richard Kiel (The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker), five-time Bond Director John Glen (Octopussy, License to Kill), Stunt Coordinator Paul Weston and Oscar-winning Costume Designer Lindy Hemming. Each star presented a location with a gold disc commemorating their part in 007 history.

Ekland said: “Today I’m a very proud Bond girl having brought the first ever copy of the Bond 50 Blu-ray collection personally to HMV in Oxford Street and handed it over to ‘Sunny’, who is such a big Bond fan.”

“What an exceptionally overwhelming reception – it’s such an honour to be part of this unique seven-day journey and to be reunited with my fellow Bond stars, including Tania Mallett and Eunice Gayson – regardless of our age, it’s once a Bond girl, always a Bond girl and I feel very honoured to be part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations.”

Bond fan Kamal ‘Sunny’ Farsheed, 29, from Bexley Heath, who was presented with the golden briefcase signed by all the Bond stars on its 1,600 mile journey, waited all morning at the front of the queue in the rain to meet his idols.

“It’s so exciting and such a surprise to be presented with this case,” said Sunny. “I’ve been a Bond fan ever since I first watched GoldenEye in 1995. I was hooked straight away and soon watched every copy on DVD. Sir Roger Moore is my favourite Bond and Richard Kiel my favourite villain so it’s such an honour to receive this case signed by my heroes and to meet Richard in person.”

The relay has featured in blogs and videos on the official home of James Bond, 007.com.

The Bond 50 Blu-ray Collection is released today, featuring all 22 Bond films for the first time in high definition from MGM & Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….