I just glimpsed a silver Aston Martin DB5 as it burbled along Corn Street and of course it immediately took me back to my childhood and the first ever James Bond film I saw with Sean Connery, Goldfinger! Throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s we were visited in our Chalk Farm showrooms regularly by the set buyers from Pinewood Studios who hired antique furniture from us to "dress" the sets they created at the studios. I am reminded of that by this mirror currently in stock because I can remember Ron Quelch, a set buyer, hiring one very similar for one of the Bond movies.
It was not only mirrors which featured in the Bond films but in M's office the leather topped partners' desk oftentimes came from Harvey's as did the Chairs, Hatstand, Chest of Drawers etc. I do enjoy watching these films because I can usually recognise many of the pieces from then.
We also had great fun when the shop was taken over for a week of shooting as a location. The cast included Burt Reynolds and Timothy West and it was terrific to spend a few days in their company.
I have no pretensions to being M, head of the secret service, but at a recent Antiques fair where I was sitting on a library chair at this desk one friend did comment that all I needed was a fluffy white cat on my lap whilst saying the phrase " Mr. Bond, we have been expecting you!" I am delighted to see that we are still very much in touch with the current producers and production company for the Bond franchise some 53 years after Goldfinger. I wonder how many attempts it took for Sean Connery to be able to throw his hat across Miss Moneypenny's office and get it to stay on the hatstand!
I have a feeling this example also had a starring role in the Bond films.
By this time next weekend we shall be exhibiting at the Burford Antiques fair. Although it only runs for two days it is very much our local do and a great opportunity to catch up with friends from nearby as well as meeting new contacts
Next month we will be going a little further afield down to Westonbirt just outside Tetbury for the Antiques and Decorative Fair there. I have attached e-invitations for both of these - feel free to print these off and come along for free.
Thank you for taking the time to read this edition and I look forward to hearing further from you and seeing you soon.