PASSENGERS were shaken not stirred when the East Coast train ‘Skyfall’ came ‘under attack’ as it crossed the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick at the weekend.
The box office smash hit Skyfall, the latest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, is the first film to lend its name to a train in the UK and after being unveiled by East Coast on Platform 007 at London King’s Cross Station at the weekend ‘Skyfall’ made its way north to Edinburgh. It made an eye-catching crossing of the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick on its way, a helicopter hovered above the train with a cameraman on board, shooting film rather than bullets, to mark the occasion.
Skyfall’s first journey was scheduled to coincide with the film’s release on Blu-ray and DVD this week. and journalists were on board to interview the film’s actors, writers and producers, whilst a full carriage became a dedicated Blu-ray screening lounge, showcasing the all new Blu-ray bonus features.
Among those on board were Skyfall actress Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny), alongside Bond producers Michael G Wilson, writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
The train’s announcements were taken over for the day by film critic and TV presenter Alex Zane and passengers enjoyed Skyfall martinis served by Savoy mixologist Erik Lorincz, who designed a cocktail inspired by the film.
The unique partnership has seen all eleven carriages of the train completely wrapped in eye-catching artwork from Skyfall.
Members of the public had their first opportunity to get on-board the Skyfall train on Monday when it operated the ‘Flying Scotsman’ service from Edinburgh to London. It will now be used on various services across the East Coast route.
East Coast managing director Karen Boswell said, “We’re thrilled that actors, producers and writers from the most successful Bond film joined us on-board our newly named Skyfall train.
“They enjoyed our First Class complimentary service, as they travelled on one of our most popular routes from London to Edinburgh, following in the footsteps of Bond to his ancestral home in Skyfall. It’s really exciting to launch an East Coast train as ‘Skyfall’ and I am sure our customers will look forward to travelling on it too.”
Skyfall itself features two classic train scenes – a thrilling chase on the Istanbul Railway in the opening sequence, along with an epic London Underground sequence in which a tube train literally goes off the rails when villain Silva (Javier Bardem) wreaks havoc.
Skyfall is out now in Blu-ray and on DVD from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.