It was the setting of villain Gustav Graves’ diamond mine in Die Another Day. Now, Cornwall is to provide the backdrop for yet another round of James Bond action, when a golden briefcase sent by Sir Roger Moore arrives at the Eden Project.
The briefcase, which contains the first box set of all 22 Bond films on Blu-ray, will travel the length of Britain over seven days to mark 50 years of 007 movies.
Making the 900-mile journey by helicopter, train and on foot, and in the Aston Martin DBS featured in Quantum of Solace, the briefcase will stop off at the nation’s most memorable filming locations.
It will pay a visit to the Eden Project, used as Gustav Graves’ diamond mine in Die Another Day. There, fans will have the chance to have photographs taken alongside the Aston Martin.
The Eden Project is yet to confirm more details about the event.
The briefcase will also stop off at Stoke Park, the scene of 1964’s classic golfing encounter between Bond and Auric Goldfinger, and Nene Valley Railway in Peterborough. There, Bond stunt performers will run with the golden briefcase along a moving train, celebrating the classic Bond action scene in Octopussy.
Alongside Sir Roger Moore, the briefcase will be carried by 007 icons including Bond actresses Britt Ekland, Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallet and Eunice Gayson, as well as classic villain Richard Kiel, Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming, stunt coordinator Paul Weston and director John Glen.
The briefcase will set off in the famous Aston Martin from Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands, which doubled as the British Secret Service HQ in The World Is Not Enough, at 10.07am on Monday September 17.
It will be accompanied by Eunice Gayson, who played Sylvia Trench in Dr. No and From Russia With Love. Gayson will also escort it in a helicopter over the hills of Argyll that featured in the chase in From Russia With Love.
She said: “I am so proud to have worked on the first two Bond films and to be part of the continuing James Bond legacy, launching this relay, is an absolute honour.
“No-one could have predicted back in 1962 that five decades later it would be a huge global phenomenon.”
Each of the famous locations will be presented with a commemorative gold disc celebrating their part in 007’s 50-year history.
After making its nation-wide journey the golden briefcase will arrive in Central London at 10.07am on September 24t, as Britt Ekland and Richard Kiel hand-deliver it to the HMV store on Oxford Street. The Aston Martin will stop in front of the store.