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BOND is GREAT BRITAIN was featured on the display material for the reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence with the rather dour Daniel Craig and the most covetable Aston Martin, both larger than life in the back yard. There was a photo booth for fun, a collection of Colin Steele’s Bond memorabilia on display and for all who were welcomed to this anticipated event by High Commissioner Menna Rawlings and her husband Mark Rawlings the Bond tipple of a vodka martini, shaken not stirred, was mandatory. Fish and chips in cocktail size and manageable burgers provided the blotting for the champagne and those martinis.The back of the residence is in a state of repair to the smooth stucco finish and the clever disguise with painted screens of the new facade over the scaffolding was deceptive, especially if you tried to lean on a windowsill or open a door.
And it was all a prelude to the main event, where dressing up as a Bond character then bussing it to the Manuka Theatre for the advance screening of SPECTRE, brought a fillip of style to the prevalent down market trend of today’s movie goers. Something Manuka hasn’t seen for many years as some familiar Press Gallery faces, government, academic notables and diplomats joined the enthusiastic high commission staff which made the whole shebang a great success. Sadly not all followed the dress –up dictum.
Best dressed was Stephen Parker VC of UC who was a standout as Mr. Oddjob, looking quite fearsome in the appropriate bowler, thin moustache and menacing mien and who would have loved to speed up to the front door in his 1968 red E-Type Jaguar. Unfortunately the space was already filled by some great British machinery, a couple with 007 number plates, but not an Aston Martin in sight. For those who might like a little old Canberra history there once was an Aston Martin, a particularly ugly grey one, used by the ACT police for the notorious Monaro Highway ski bunnies speeding home during the season. Uncomfortable and ugly and a real surprise for those caught speeding. The current Bond Aston Martin DB 10 has been described as having the “suspension compliance of a skateboard”, but it looks magnificent.
For High Commissioner Menna Rawlings it was a great chance to extol on the British film industry’s success particularly with the Bond franchise, and on show in an eclectic mix of current and older films at the British Film Festival at the Palace Cinemas.
And then it was time to go. Down the hill to the buses and a promise of plenty of water at the theatre as the stragglers played soccer on the back lawn with a young Rawlings, too young to see the movie, but showing a great talent for organising the guests onto the buses.