Ministry of Defense
As the direct head of MI6, the Ministry of Defence regularly intervenes in the agency’s affairs. The building, meanwhile, appears mainly in For Your Eyes Only and No Time to Die.
In the first, the Minister (Geoffrey Keen) receives a visit from the First Naval Lord and Vice-Admiral (Noel Johnson), informing him that the electronic surveillance vessel St. George had sunk in the Ionian Sea.
In the second one, James Bond parks right in front of the building before going to the institution’s premises.
Bernard Lee appeared 11 times in the role of M, but died just before the shooting of the 12th opus For Your Eyes Only. To honour his memory, the role of M has not been reassigned in this film.
Ministry of Defence
Built between 1938 and 1959, the neoclassical building houses the British Ministry of Defence, formerly the War Office.
The building is not to be confused with the Old War Office Building, located only a few meters away. The second is the former Ministry of Defence, also known as the “War Office”.
The first one is more recent, founded in the aftermath of the Second World War, in 1964 to be precise.
The building was built on the site of the former Whitehall Palace, residence of the English rulers from 1530 to 1698.
Sir Charles Wheeler designed the two sculptures “Earth” and “Water” which are located in front of the entrance of the building. They each weigh 40 tons and cost 12,600 pounds.
Previously known as Mr. and Mrs. Parkinson, after the civil servant Cyril Northcote Parkinson who designed the Parkinson’s Disease Act, they are now known by the affectionate nickname of “Two Fat Ladies”.
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Find in this James Bond event box set the 24 films of the saga!
– Dr No (1962)
– From Russia with Love (1963)
– Goldfinger (1964)
– Thunderball (1965)
– You Only Live Twice (1967)
– On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
– Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
– Live and Let Die (1973)
– The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
– The Spy Who Loved Me (1976)
– Moonraker (1979)
– For Your Eyes Only (1981)
– Octopussy (1983)
– A View to a Kill (1985)
– The Living Daylights (1987)
– Licence to Kill (1989)
– GoldenEye (1995)
– Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
– The World Is Not Enough (1999)
– Die Another Day (2002)
– Casino Royale (2006)
– Quantum of Solace (2008)
– Skyfall (2012)
– Spectre (2015)
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