In early 2012, the climatic scene of the then new James Bond film 'Skyfall' was being filmed on Hankley Common in Surrey. As an avid James Bond fan, I was keenly monitoring news of the film's progress through various websites. A huge mock-up of a manor house had been constructed on Ministry of Defence land. Doubling for a house in the Scottish Highlands, it was built solely for the special effects to reduce it to pieces. A local nature photographer, Lucy Browne, often walked her cocker spaniel, 'Bella', in the area. Normally photographing the wildlife and changing seasons, she began documenting the 007 activity in the area. James Bond fans, hungry for information, saw the most amazing on-set photographs appear via a James Bond fan site.
Unfortunately the photographs hadn't gone un-noticed on what would have been a secretive film shoot. The photographer was met by the military police and citing a 'technicality', photography on MOD land being forbidden, was seemingly in a great deal of trouble. Our heroic photographer experienced a traumatic few days, made all the more worse by some nasty internet pranksters. The film company was very gracious and the matter was resolved a few days later with no further action taken.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the stunning day by day photographs of the Bond set's developments, I felt somewhat sorry for Lucy's traumatic time taking them for us to enjoy. I contacted her and offered her a portrait of her dog 'Bella' as a thank you for all her photographs. Working from a photograph, the portrait was finished a few weeks later and sent to Lucy. In return, I received the most amazing video of 'Bella' seeing her portrait for the first time! I think the portrait went down well....
You can find Lucy Browne's blog and amazing wildlife photos here - https://theforagingphotographer.wordpress.com
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