‘Time Machine’ Survivors feature – SFX 227

A four-page full-colour ‘Time Machine’ feature on Survivors appears in the latest SFX magazine (Issue 227, November 2012).

Penned by Robert Fairclough, the feature tells (in brief) the story of the production of the show across all three series, introduces some of the key in-front-of-and-behind-the-camera creative team, and reflects on some of the highlights of series two and three. The piece is illustrated by a mixture of familiar BBC stills and DVD screen captures. No new interview or archival content has been sourced.

Survivors feature - SFX November 2012
Survivors feature – SFX November 2012

Lucy Fleming joins publicity drive for new Bond film and audio-book collection

Lucy Fleming (niece of James Bond creator, the late Ian Fleming) has joined the publicity drive for the new James Bond film Skyfall and the range of new James Bond audio-books, the release of which co-incides with the Bon’s latest cinema outing.

Interviewed in GQ  (‘Lucy Fleming on James Bond’s anniversary, her uncle’s legacy and die-hard fans’, 3 October), Fleming reflects on her uncle’s work and considers the different interpretations that have been made of his most famous creation on screen and on the page.

Speaking to the Evening Standard  (‘Lucy Fleming: If I reveal the James Bond Skyfall plot I might be shot’, 3 October), Fleming revisits the different incaranations of Bond, and recollects some of the key events in her own personal life, and the intertwinning of her life and that of Ian Fleming’s legacy.

Lucy Fleming is also widely pictured attending the after-party for the launch of the new James Bond behind-the-scenes book Everything or Nothing – The Untold Story of 007, held on 1 October.

Barbara Broccoli, left, and Lucy Fleming right, at the Odeon West End, London, 1 October 2012
  • Everything or Nothing is out now.
  • The 007 Reloaded audiobooks are available from Audiogo.com
  • Skyfall is on general release from 26 October 2012

‘Sparks’ Imber Church enjoys annual open days

St Giles Church, in the abandoned village of Imber on Salisbury Common (the main location for series three episode Sparks) enjoyed one of its all-too-brief annual open weekends at the end of September, as reported on the BBC News site (29 September 2012).

Deserted Salisbury Plain village of Imber opened to public

A village in Wiltshire that was abandoned during World War II and then taken over by the military opened for the weekend.

The village of Imber is normally closed to the public as it is in a military training zone on Salisbury Plain.

More than 100 people attended a service at St Giles Church, in Imber, on Salisbury Plain.

On Sunday, a full peal of the bells was rung which took some two-and-a-half hours to complete.

It is the fifth time a full peal has been rung since a new set of six bells was re-hung in August 2010, after the original bells were taken out in 1950.

The entire civilian population of the village was ordered to leave in December 1943 to provide a training area for American troops preparing for the invasion of Europe during World War II.

They were never allowed to return.

Since 2005, when the church was taken over by the Churches Conservation Trust, more than £300,000 has been spent on renovations.

St Giles Church, Imber

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