• Charles Croucher and Patrick Orme with the littlest Rawlings hoisted high

    Charles Croucher and Patrick Orme with the littlest Rawlings hoisted high

  • Charles Crowcher and Jane Norman with Lauren Janoli and Patrick Orme

    Charles Crowcher and Jane Norman with Lauren Janoli and Patrick Orme

  • Jane Norman.

    Jane Norman.

  • Tony Brennan and Latika Bourke

    Tony Brennan and Latika Bourke

  • Benjamin Penny as Blofeld with Richard Rigby as himself

    Benjamin Penny as Blofeld with Richard Rigby as himself

  • William and Lisa Gibaud

    William and Lisa Gibaud

  • Rachel and Peter Waterhouse

    Rachel and Peter Waterhouse

  • Tony and Marketa Brennan slip into character.......

    Tony and Marketa Brennan slip into character.......

  • Jane Halton

    Jane Halton

  • Jennifer Rajca and Nick Jennings

    Jennifer Rajca and Nick Jennings

  • Will Taylor and Stephanie Borys

    Will Taylor and Stephanie Borys

  • Greg and Sara Moriarty

    Greg and Sara Moriarty

  • Colin and Anna Steele enjoy the fish and chips

    Colin and Anna Steele enjoy the fish and chips

  • Matthew Harris and Martin Rocks

    Matthew Harris and Martin Rocks

  • Charles Croucher and Jane Norman with Mark Rawlings

    Charles Croucher and Jane Norman with Mark Rawlings

  • Marketa Brennan and Michelle Wilson

    Marketa Brennan and Michelle Wilson

  • Tony and Marketa Brennan

    Tony and Marketa Brennan

  • Steve and Maureen Doszpot with Mark Rawlings.

    Steve and Maureen Doszpot with Mark Rawlings.

  • Uhlmann, Chris Uhlmann

    Uhlmann, Chris Uhlmann

  • Daryl Karp and Brendan Flanders

    Daryl Karp and Brendan Flanders

  • Patrick Orme and Lauren Janoli

    Patrick Orme and Lauren Janoli

  • Chris Farnham and Anita Xiao

    Chris Farnham and Anita Xiao

  • Gerard Vaughan and Rose Flanders

    Gerard Vaughan and Rose Flanders

  • Ambassador of Spain Manuel Cacho and his wife Maria with Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgardo

    Ambassador of Spain Manuel Cacho and his wife Maria with Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgardo

  • Joe Kabalan, Jay Mermercan and Mark Fraser

    Joe Kabalan, Jay Mermercan and Mark Fraser

  • Michelle and Matt Favier

    Michelle and Matt Favier

  • James and Lisa Glenday

    James and Lisa Glenday

  • Andrew Greene and Odette Visser

    Andrew Greene and Odette Visser

  • Rhona and Chris Woodthorpe

    Rhona and Chris Woodthorpe

  • Valentin Merino and Arancha Espinosa

    Valentin Merino and Arancha Espinosa

  • Ben Dowdell and Ben Allen with Catalina Florez and Amelia Brace

    Ben Dowdell and Ben Allen with Catalina Florez and Amelia Brace

  • Ana Duncan and Alastair Vella

    Ana Duncan and Alastair Vella

  • Max Taylor and his mum Antonia Taylor

    Max Taylor and his mum Antonia Taylor

  •  Filomena Cunha Alves and Ambassador of Portugal Paulo Cunha Alves welcomed by H C Menna Rawlings

    Filomena Cunha Alves and Ambassador of Portugal Paulo Cunha Alves welcomed by H C Menna Rawlings

  • Guy Ewin, James Baker and Chris Beaton

    Guy Ewin, James Baker and Chris Beaton

  • Vicki and Lyle Dunne

    Vicki and Lyle Dunne

  • Ross McAlpine and Charles Reeves

    Ross McAlpine and Charles Reeves

  • Irene and Graham Durant

    Irene and Graham Durant

  • Bob and Charlotte Nattey with HC Menna Rawlings, centre.

    Bob and Charlotte Nattey with HC Menna Rawlings, centre.

  • Bronwyn and Rick Burr

    Bronwyn and Rick Burr

  • Bronwyn and Rick Burr

    Bronwyn and Rick Burr

  • Vibeke and George Morrison

    Vibeke and George Morrison

  • Sem and Rebecca Fabrizi

    Sem and Rebecca Fabrizi

  • Crystal Fox and Tessa Endelman

    Crystal Fox and Tessa Endelman

  • Paul and Fay Maddison

    Paul and Fay Maddison

  • High Commissioner Menna Rawlings and Gladys Tenorio and her husband the Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez

    High Commissioner Menna Rawlings and Gladys Tenorio and her husband the Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez

  • Naomi Vaz and Bronwyn Capon

    Naomi Vaz and Bronwyn Capon

  • Naomi Vaz and Gavin Ambrose

    Naomi Vaz and Gavin Ambrose

  • Jim Parkes and Shelley Willsmore with Maree and Gus McLachlan

    Jim Parkes and Shelley Willsmore with Maree and Gus McLachlan

  • A picture perfect new look , that's not quite what it seems

    A picture perfect new look , that's not quite what it seems

  • A fake facade to cover the scaffolding....

    A fake facade to cover the scaffolding....

  • A photo booth clustering......

    A photo booth clustering......

  • Ole Neustrup and Ann Marie Dalseg with Alexandra Reith and Will Reith

    Ole Neustrup and Ann Marie Dalseg with Alexandra Reith and Will Reith

British High Commissioner's SPECTRE Premiere Party

10 November 2015

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.