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Helping out with Bond 50th at CNNI

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Thought I’d post a few of the stories I worked on this month while I’ve been at CNN. I was pretty lucky to start work just when the Features department were doing lots of Bond-related stuff for the 50th anniversary. Many thanks to Neil Curry for getting me involved with all these pieces!

This piece on Bond vehicles saw us taking a very early morning road trip down to Beaulieu to the National Motor Museum. The curator had been doing interviews all week so he had his patter down just about perfectly.

This piece featuring Bond stuntman Vic Armstrong was the first time I’ve been sitting behind the camera asking the questions. I also got to sit in one of those film-director canvas folding stools, which was pretty fun. Vic’s autobiography True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman is a good read if you’re a fan of Indiana Jones, James Bond, Star Wars etc. – he’s worked on all of them and more.

Visiting Bond theme composer Monty Norman’s house was great fun as he had the original James Bond theme score and some great stories about the early days of the franchise. I didn’t horrify him with my rendition of the theme on the piano.

The interviews with the Bond girls from the premiere of Everything or Nothing are from my first day at CNN. I wasn’t expecting to leave the office but ended up sticking a mic in Charles Dance’s face at the premiere (I managed to sneak in some questions about Game of Thrones too!).


Written by Tom Barfield

October 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

Posted in Broadcast, Reporting

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