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VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 11:19 am

346 of VS payed first ever visit to PRG on 02MAy and will stay here till 05MAY. Unfortunatelly not commercial purpose, but will be used for shooting sequences for new James Bond movie, that is mostly done in PRG Barrandov studios and PRG exteriors. Two catering trucks were painted with Virgin Atlantic Catering logos and one pax steps are wearing Miami airport marking.
I don t see any more other occasions for PRG to see this bird but it suits here.
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 11:54 am

Out of curiosity, how would VS do this? It must play hob with scheduling to take an aircraft off the line for three whole days -- just as the summer touring season is getting underway -- to park it in Prague. How would an airline plan for this, and how would it calculate what it would charge?
 
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 12:40 pm

I thought Bond always flew BA in First.
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 12:44 pm

Quoting VC10DC10 (Reply 1):

By getting paid royally + almost free advertising.
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 2:26 pm

Perhaps Sir Branson is getting a bit role in the new film...

I toured the interior of a VS 346 on the ground at BOS in July '04...their "three class config" puts most others to shame. My fave VS a/c scheme though was the "Austin Powered" 744 a few summers ago, saw it at IAD and got lots of crummy thru-window pics  Smile
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 3:13 pm

Most (all?)of the shooting is done during the night,

http://www.planes.cz/foto1.asp?mode=detail&id=CKXLLPSB&jazyk=en

They are also using Travels Service's 737 OK-TVQ. I guess the bad guys will use that a/c, because I just can't imagine Bond setting a foot aboard an aircraft with such horrible liverly.
 
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 4:05 pm

Thats just amazing if you think about it. I mean the A346 is a perfect aircraft for a movie like that. I mean its long, its royal and its just MASSIVE! I dont know but i think that is a great way for Virgin to advertise. I wouldnt be surprised if VS paid the movie makers a decent sum for having their aircraft in the movie.

What if Virgin is funding a part of the movie and their only clause is that they must use VS stuff in the movie. Quite possible!
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 4:12 pm

Funny enough, but 2 world famous movie spies - James Bond and Austin Powers - are now exclusively affiliated with VS. Shame on BA that they didn't get involved this time.

[Edited 2006-05-04 09:14:51]
 
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 4:56 pm

Quoting Planecrazy2 (Reply 2):
I thought Bond always flew BA in First



Quoting MOW (Reply 7):
Funny enough, but 2 world famous movie spies - James Bond and Austin Powers - are now exclusively affiliated with VS.

Apart from the fact that Mr Branston would do anything for a bit of free publicity, Bond and (to a smaller extent) Austin Powers are no longer the top box office stars now that they have to compete with other superior characters and movies with better action or comedy, so it is only fitting that they dowgrade from BA First to Virgin Upper Class.

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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 7:39 pm

Quoting BCAL (Reply 8):
Apart from the fact that Mr Branston would do anything for a bit of free publicity

Doesn't he own a pickle company!  cheeky 
 
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 7:54 pm

Quoting WillieP (Reply 9):
Doesn't he own a pickle company!

Have you not yet tried Virgin Pickles?? You will find them in most supermarkets under the supermarkets' own brands, next to Branston Sweet Pickles!

Seriously, it is a common nickname for SRB by his non-admirers.
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 7:58 pm

Heya,

Richard Branson usually get's a small part in some movies/TV Shows if his aircraft is used.

I remember the Only Fools and Horses special 'Miami Twice', whre they are heading to Miami and it is a VA Gate, with VS B747 and Richard Branson is in the queue to board and Del has no idea that he owns the aircraft...lol

Also, in a 'Friends' series when they come to London, there is a set with a VA gate and Richard Branson is a Market Dealer when Joey and Chandler go out for a walk in the park.

So, Richard Branson may get a little role in this new movie.

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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 8:15 pm

Quoting BCAL (Reply 8):
Apart from the fact that Mr Branston would do anything for a bit of free publicity, Bond and (to a smaller extent) Austin Powers are no longer the top box office stars now that they have to compete with other superior characters and movies with better action or comedy, so it is only fitting that they dowgrade from BA First to Virgin Upper Class.

In which top box office movie can we see BA, then?
 
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 8:24 pm

Quoting Planecrazy2 (Reply 2):
I thought Bond always flew BA in First

Yes he does, In the last film we had a ~*women*~ saving his ass and now this!  no 
 
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 8:25 pm

Quoting MOW (Reply 12):
In which top box office movie can we see BA, then?

You got me there - no recent top box office movies immediately come to mind. But then perhaps BA respects their passengers' privacy far more than VS does, and as a rule does not allow filming on their aircraft?
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 8:28 pm

Quoting BCAL (Reply 14):
You got me there - no recent top box office movies immediately come to mind. But then perhaps BA respects their passengers' privacy far more than VS does, and as a rule does not allow filming on their aircraft?

Surely aircraft get filled with extras and not real passengers!
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 8:36 pm

For the record. He uses a BA 757 to St Petesburg in GoldenEye and a 744 on the way home from Cuba in the last on. Though he does use a Pan Am 707 to Cuba in Dr No.

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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Thu May 04, 2006 9:26 pm

Quoting RJ111 (Reply 16):
Though he does use a Pan Am 707 to Cuba in Dr No.

He was flying to Jamaica.

And in Moonraker, he was on an AF Concorde to Rio.

I saw a DVD of Die Another Day with comments by Brosnan and the director. When Bond is on board the An-124 in the end of the movie, both of them claimed that the An-124 was the world's largest airplane.
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Fri May 05, 2006 12:16 am

VS is also heavily featured in the film 51st State. They feature the old J-2000 seats on a B744.

Quoting VC10DC10 (Reply 1):
How would an airline plan for this, and how would it calculate what it would charge?

There is quite alot of flexibility built into the schedule to allow for maintanence anyway, and they would just work the schedule around it like they would if the a/c was out for a check. Don't know how much they would charge though, but I'm sure they would be making a nice little sum from it.

Quoting BCAL (Reply 14):
You got me there - no recent top box office movies immediately come to mind. But then perhaps BA respects their passengers' privacy far more than VS does, and as a rule does not allow filming on their aircraft?

Ha ha surely you don't think they use REAL passengers when filming a box office movie on an a/c do you ?. BTW BA DOES allow filming on it's a/c. Never seen the episode of Top Gear where they are on a BA A320 or many times on the news when they are filming sports teams or when they were filming on the flight that Ken Bigley was on ???.

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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Fri May 05, 2006 12:34 am

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 18):
Ha ha surely you don't think they use REAL passengers when filming a box office movie on an a/c do you ?.

No. However, if the aircraft interior scene is a short scene (e.g. a la Bond where the character sips his Vodka Martini and eyes up the F/A), I do not think that they would waste money chartering a whole aircraft to shot a couple of minutes. More probably, they would book the entire First/Club/Upper Class cabin and have 'extras' as First/Club/Upper Class passengers. This might inconvenience passengers in the other classes, who will no doubt wonder what all the activity is in First/Club or Upper Class, and regular passengers who find that First/Club or Upper Class is full for that particular flight.
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Fri May 05, 2006 12:49 am

Quoting BCAL (Reply 19):
However, if the aircraft interior scene is a short scene

It would be shot on the ground, or in a mock-up.
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Fri May 05, 2006 9:47 am

i would have thought Bond would have flown a virtual airline like BAV as he's not a real person.Real people should fly real airlines,fictional and virtual people should fly virtual airlines.  Silly
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Fri May 05, 2006 11:51 pm

Quoting BCAL (Reply 19):
However, if the aircraft interior scene is a short scene (e.g. a la Bond where the character sips his Vodka Martini and eyes up the F/A), I do not think that they would waste money chartering a whole aircraft to shot a couple of minutes. More probably, they would book the entire First/Club/Upper Class cabin and have 'extras' as First/Club/Upper Class passengers. This might inconvenience passengers in the other classes, who will no doubt wonder what all the activity is in First/Club or Upper Class, and regular passengers who find that First/Club or Upper Class is full for that particular flight.

As AeroWesty said, they would either shoot it in a real a/c on the ground or build a mock up on a film set. It is highly unlikely they would do as you suggested on a normal flight, lugging all that heay camera eqp etc with them - and what would happen if the hit turbulence with all that heavy eqp set up ?? Just wouldn't happen for a blockbuster movie - the news yes when they just use one camera, one sound guy but not a blockbuster movie.

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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Sat May 06, 2006 12:01 am

Wasn't BA used in the Mission Impossible films.

Also at this time I dont think BA could let any aircraft be taken off line as the fleet is flying its butt off.
 
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Sat May 06, 2006 12:05 am

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 22):
lugging all that heay camera eqp etc with them - and what would happen if the hit turbulence with all that heavy eqp set up ??

It's more complicated than that. First, lighting would be unpredictable on a real flight, and that's the number one thing you want to control. Secondly, you're paying a crew to film, and if they did it on a real VS flight to say NY, you're sending an expensive crew to go somewhere they don't need to be. A foley artist will create any background sounds that are necessary, so they don't even need to be inside a real plane to get the same effect possible on the ground.
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Sat May 06, 2006 3:53 am

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 22):
As AeroWesty said, they would either shoot it in a real a/c on the ground or build a mock up on a film set.

I would even say that it's highly unlikely that they would do it in a real airplane. They would not have room for all the necessary equipment in a real airplane. As I stated above, I saw the DVD for Die Another Day with comments by Brosnan and the director, and there are lots of places where they're telling you, "This was shot in a studio... this is a model," but when I saw the movie the first time, I really believed that it was shot outdoors or in a real setting.
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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Sat May 06, 2006 4:04 am

I wonder if 007 is back to Rolex yet or Still with Omega.

I am sure Sir RB knows the value of advertising.

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RE: VS 346 At PRG

Sat May 06, 2006 5:19 am

Quoting RedChili (Reply 25):
I would even say that it's highly unlikely that they would do it in a real airplane. They would not have room for all the necessary equipment in a real airplane.

It depends. It's obvious some of Magnum Force was shot on the 707 they rented from World, but in '69 (?) I went through the sound stage model used in Airport at Universal Studios, which they had to use due to the extensive interior scenes.

To film a short scene inside an aircraft cabin, all you really need is a camera on a track, room for the sound boom, and some lights. Not all that hard to do.
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