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Big Ben

Saga James Bond
Movie Spectre Sam Mendes (2015)
After a chase on the Thames, Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) and James Bond (Daniel Craig) meet at Big Ben.
Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster London
Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster London. Photo credit: Piero Di Maria from Pixabay

“- Finish it. Finish it.

– Out of bullets. And besides, I’ve got something better to do.”

Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) and James Bond (Daniel Craig)

Oberhauser’s (Christoph Waltz) helicopter crashes into Westminster Bridge, right next to Big Ben. James Bond (Daneil Craig) joins him running, and holds him at gunpoint.

About to pull the trigger, 007 looks at Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) and her boss (Ralph Fiennes). He decides not to shoot, and to leave Oberhauser alive.

James Bond then joins Madeleine and walks away, leaving M to arrest the SPECTRE leader.

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The Aston Martin DB10, created especially for the film, is James Bond‘s new car. Of the 10 copies produced, 8 were destroyed during the shooting. One of the remaining two is on display at the Aston Martin Museum and the second was auctioned on February 19, 2016 at Christie’s for approximately £2.4 million (€3 million) for the charity Doctors Without Borders.

Big Ben scene in Spectre
Scene at Big Ben in Spectre. Photo credit: EON Productions, MGM, Columbia Pictures and Danjaq
Big Ben scene in Spectre
Scene at Big Ben in Spectre. Photo credit: EON Productions, MGM, Columbia Pictures and Danjaq
Big Ben scene in Spectre
Scene at Big Ben in Spectre. Photo credit: EON Productions, MGM, Columbia Pictures and Danjaq
Big Ben scene in Spectre
Scene at Big Ben in Spectre. Photo credit: EON Productions, MGM, Columbia Pictures and Danjaq

Big Ben

When it comes to telling a story set in London, Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster are often in the picture, imposing their grandeur as the supreme symbol of an entire kingdom.

Big Ben has been telling Londoners the time since May 31, 1859. The Great Bell, as it is known, was built on the ashes of a part of the Parliament building, following a fire in 1834.

Charles Barry defined the structure to be built on the damaged part of the building and decided to include a clock. The clock tower quickly became the rhythm of life for the inhabitants and imposed its grandeur on visitors, towering 96 meters above the Thames. You can hear it from six kilometers away.

Big Ben actually refers to the largest bell in the building (14 tons). The clock itself is called the Great Westminster Clock while the tower was named the Elizabeth Tower in 2012, on the occasion of the diamond jubilee of the sovereign.

Pampered, Big Ben sometimes has to undergo work, as on August 21, 2017, when renovations supposed to last four years began. At the base of the tower is the Palace of Westminster, where the Parliament, the supreme legislative institution of the United Kingdom, sits.

A prestigious building whose oldest part, the Westminster Hall, dates back to 1097. This is where kings and queens used to live, before the fire of 1512. Home to the House of Lords and the House of Commons, the palace has over 1,000 rooms.

Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1987, it is open to the public on Saturdays during the summer when Parliament is not in session.

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By Damien Duarte

Friday, September 24, 2021

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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