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James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:53 am

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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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Fri Nov 24, 2006 10:30 am

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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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Fri Nov 24, 2006 10:31 am

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.
 
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Fri Nov 24, 2006 5:48 pm

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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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Fri Nov 24, 2006 6:03 pm

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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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Fri Nov 24, 2006 6:22 pm

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...

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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:10 pm

And don't forget Superman returns
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:34 pm

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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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:35 pm

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!
 
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:57 pm

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?
 
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Fri Nov 24, 2006 10:14 pm

Quoting Londoncenter (Reply 9):
Dunsfold maybe?

Yes, the 747 was at Dunsfold:


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In the remarks on the photos, it states that Lasham was made to appear like MIA for the movie
 
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Fri Nov 24, 2006 10:40 pm

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!!
 
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Sat Nov 25, 2006 4:54 am

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.

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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Sat Nov 25, 2006 4:54 am

The terminal exterior shots were PRG; the scenes with the modified 747 were Dunsfold.
 
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Sat Nov 25, 2006 5:10 am

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


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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Sat Nov 25, 2006 9:45 pm

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/

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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:45 pm

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A realistic MI6 agent???  Smile
 
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Sun Nov 26, 2006 12:15 am

SQ_EK freak

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

There may be others.

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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Sun Nov 26, 2006 1:24 am

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
 
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:32 am

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.
 
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:33 am

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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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:48 am

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.

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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:06 am

VS also featured in 'The 51st State' (also known as 'Formula 51') in their then new first-class cabin.
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Sun Nov 26, 2006 8:00 am

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.
 
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Sun Nov 26, 2006 8:26 am

Yeah definitly londoncentre i thought that aswell Smile
 
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Mon Nov 27, 2006 7:24 pm

Quoting ZSOFN (Reply 5):
Remember the "Friends" episode set in London? Branson himself even appeared in it...

Ive seen this episode, but I don't remember seeing Branson. Do you know where he appears in the scene?
 
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Mon Nov 27, 2006 9:04 pm

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 25):
Ive seen this episode, but I don't remember seeing Branson. Do you know where he appears in the scene?

He's the guy who sells Joey the big union jack hat, and then Chandler trips over and destroys his stall lol
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Mon Nov 27, 2006 9:42 pm

Quoting Speedbird19 (Reply 26):
He's the guy who sells Joey the big union jack hat, and then Chandler trips over and destroys his stall lol

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 the flight from New York - London, which Rachel takes!
 
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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:17 am

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 pilots (one of them was SRB) turned back and looked in the Camera shocking most of the pax because SRB was sitting in the first rows and sure is no pilot.

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RE: James Bond And Virgin Atlantic

Tue Nov 28, 2006 7:06 am

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 (1964) Sean Connery tells Moneypenny to schedule his trip on "Pan Am as always".

Live and Let Die (1973), Roger Moore flies in a PA 747.

License to Kill (1989) Timothy Dalton goes to MIA to catch a PA flight to London, but stays behind instead.

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