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User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1633 posts, RR: 20
Posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6747 times:

While watching the new Bond film Casino Royale, I noticed that there was alot of product placement for Virgin Atlantic. At a scene in Miami Intl. Airport, the camera pans to an A340-600 parked at the gate numerous times with emphasis being put at the Flag Bearing Lady (who is that?) signature to Virgin Atlantic. In another frame there is a shot of a Virgin B747-400 taking off with the Virgin logo being very prominent in the shot. This is in addition to various shots of Virgin flight attendants walking around the terminal, and not to mention a very quick cameo by Richard Branson himself getting checked at security.

What happened to Bond's connection to British Airways? In Die Another Day, Brosnan actually flies on a BA flight back to London from either Miami or somewhere in the Carribbean, and is served by an F/A (Sean Connery's daughter actually) who is wearing BA's uniform and is clearly sitting in BA's First Class cabin. They also show stock footage of a BA 744 flying into the sunset.

Call me old fashioned, but I really think that BA's brand identity fits far better with Bond than Virgin's does. Its more classic rather than trendy. Also, wouldn't British government agents fly BA anyway? Tony Blair does!


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User currently offlineCOIAH756CA From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 506 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6708 times:

I saw the film last week and I, too, noticed the advertising. Virgin Atlantic was not the only company to strut its stuff.

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Thread starter):
Call me old fashioned, but I really think that BA's brand identity fits far better with Bond than Virgin's does. Its more classic rather than trendy. Also, wouldn't British government agents fly BA anyway? Tony Blair does!

I agree.



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User currently offlineTimboflier215 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1334 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6710 times:

I think the makers of the film were more concerned with $$$ than protraying a realistic British Secret Service agent. That is to say, VS were probably willing to pay more to have their products featured in the film than BA was.

User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7062 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6520 times:

Quoting Timboflier215 (Reply 2):
I think the makers of the film were more concerned with $$$ than protraying a realistic British Secret Service agent. That is to say, VS were probably willing to pay more to have their products featured in the film than BA was.

As does Sony, Ford (I believe every car you have seen are cars made by the Ford Company), Omega watches (that was so tacky, in the train)..etc....
The film was an 2 hour advertisment



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User currently offlineMPDPilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 991 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6514 times:

As i recall someone mentioning in another thread about this, the reason virgin was used was because they were will to provide an airplane. I have heard that an a340 was flown to the site just for the movie. i think the airplane was on a maintenence break.


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User currently offlineZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1413 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6476 times:

Virgin has done this many times before in both films and TV shows. Remember the "Friends" episode set in London? Branson himself even appeared in it...

[Edited 2006-11-24 10:23:19]

User currently offlineSNfreak From Belgium, joined Feb 2005, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6417 times:

And don't forget Superman returns
Where Branson and his son were flight engineers on that new space shuttle



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6317 times:

In the movie it was located as MIA, but actually this must have been some UK airport (STN? LGW?):

1) the Travel Service B737-400/800 was clearly visible
2) the Virgin A340-600/B747-400
3) A Emerald Airways propliner parked behind
4) a Menzies Aviation (ground handler) passenger stairs

Does anybody know were the shooting location of the airport scene was?



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User currently offlineEI787 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1513 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6317 times:
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Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
Does anybody know were the shooting location of the airport scene was?

They certainly did some shooting at PRG. But I believe they also shot some scenes in the UK. Can't remember where though!


User currently offlineLondoncenter From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6236 times:

I suspected LGW as i thought a couple of shots looked similar to my recollections of there. Having said that I've never been to stansted so cant be 100%. There was also a 737-200 of European airlines taxiing in one scene.

I remember a thread a while ago about the modified 747 seen in the movie but cant remember where it was, Dunsfold maybe?


User currently offlineEI787 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1513 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6212 times:
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Quoting Londoncenter (Reply 9):
Dunsfold maybe?

Yes, the 747 was at Dunsfold:


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However, searching the database, I also found these photos at Lasham:


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In the remarks on the photos, it states that Lasham was made to appear like MIA for the movie


User currently offlineUAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6148 times:

SRB is a major publicist, if giving the chance he was always going to be in the James Bond film in cameo and flaunting his aircraft, after all JB is oh so British and thats what SRB wants us to think about his airline....Britains Flag Carrier!!

User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 5935 times:

It is called “product placement” and can be a good supplementary earner for films and TV programmes. Branson obviously felt it was beneficial for him and for VS to be featured – I am sure that he was thinking “Virgin, not BA, has been chosen to be the UK’s flag carrier in the latest Bond film” and it was worth sparing an aircraft and/or paying the fee demanded by the producers to be featured. Some suckers might even be persuaded to fly VS, as this is now the “official” airline for Mr Bond!

Trouble is, I think that being featured in the movie might have done more harm then good for VS – the graphics of the VS 744 taking off were appalling, Branson grinning blatantly throughout his brief cameo appearance as though he was a kid being featured on camera for the first time, and being featured along with all the other products etc being advertised in the film, just go to show the depth to which VS/Branson are crying for attention.

 duck 



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User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3190 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 5935 times:

The terminal exterior shots were PRG; the scenes with the modified 747 were Dunsfold.

User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 5906 times:

There are some shots of it while it was at PRG:


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User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 5651 times:

Quoting Columba (Reply 3):
The film was an 2 hour advertisment

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http://www1.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/1437790/

Georg


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7525 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 5606 times:

Timboflyer215

A realistic MI6 agent???  Smile


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7525 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 3 hours ago) and read 5528 times:

SQ_EK freak

Did you know that 007 has previously flown PanAm, Lufthansa, Air France and BCAL.

There may be others.

David


User currently offlineFCA767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1745 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 2 hours ago) and read 5477 times:

Did anyone notice CSA was either an A320 or A300 but surely that means some of it wasnt filmed in the usa and that Tug looked a bit like a BA one

User currently offlineMah584jr From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 5426 times:

Quoting EI787 (Reply 8):
They certainly did some shooting at PRG. But I believe they also shot some scenes in the UK. Can't remember where though!

Anyone who has ever been to MIA could easily tell that something was a bit off with the terminal and everything. It was my favorite scene in the movie though. Great aircraft footage.


User currently offlineCha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 785 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 5425 times:

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Thread starter):
served by an F/A (Sean Connery's daughter actually

IIRC, Roger Moore's daughter was the BA First FA



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User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (7 years 9 months ago) and read 5403 times:

Quoting FCA767 (Reply 18):
Did anyone notice CSA was either an A320 or A300

CSA A-310 was in the movie along with Travel Service 738 and the VS A346....surely PRG.

Georg


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4676 posts, RR: 50
Reply 22, posted (7 years 9 months ago) and read 5382 times:

VS also featured in 'The 51st State' (also known as 'Formula 51') in their then new first-class cabin.


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User currently offlineLondoncenter From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

I thought that both the tug and the bus that was crashed through looked extremely like BA colourschemes. It looked like the tug had BA decals removed and simple 'Douglas' ones applied.

User currently offlineFCA767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1745 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5193 times:

Yeah definitly londoncentre i thought that aswell Smile

25 8herveg : Ive seen this episode, but I don't remember seeing Branson. Do you know where he appears in the scene?
26 Speedbird19 : He's the guy who sells Joey the big union jack hat, and then Chandler trips over and destroys his stall lol
27 8herveg : Oh yeh I remember now. Im suprised Branson didnt get a part more to do with aviation. He could have been one of the passengers in the background on t
28 Jorge1812 : Remeber SRB's first "movie" appearance. On the first ever VS pax flight a "live" Camera showed things going on in the cockpit. Right on rotation the p
29 SparkingWave : I believe James Bond has had more sightings with Pan Am than with either BA or VS, but feel free to flame me if I'm wrong... From Russia with Love (19
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