Behind-the-scenes on Quantum of Solace
Remember that epic car chase between Bond's DBS and pursuing Alfa 159s? We had a look during filming...
Posted: 24 Oct 2012
So let's finish with Frank, the best illustration of what such longevity means. Frank's job on set goes under the unofficial title of a ‘grip's bitch'. He's a leather-faced geezer well into his sixties who sounds like he's sucked the entire contents of a Philip Morris factory dry. At the hotel bar that night, a relatively sozzled Frank spills half a glass of beer over the bar, but before the barman can notice, it's mopped up by one of his colleagues, who puts another pint in front of him with a slap on the back. Such deference stems in part from the fact that Frank has just about seen it all where Bond films are concerned. The first one he worked on was Goldfinger, and he's been knocking around ever since, watching Bonds come and go with the same frequency that the Queen has entertained Prime Ministers.
"I've had a lot of fun," says Frank, as we stand outside smoking, the hotel pool casting us in a ghostly blue light. "Most of us grew up with James Bond as the sort of bloke we'd all want to be, but I got to live a bit of it myself." At which point he grins, stubs out his cigarette and heads back in. And when I'm stumbling off to bed an hour later, he's still going strong at the bar.