14 Apr 2012

The College of Arms - London, England

Bond parks his Aston in the courtyard 
In Her Majesty's secret service 1969, Bond is trying to track down Blofeld through The Heralds' College or 'The College of Arms' in London. Blofeld has contacted the College to get his title as 'Count de Bleauchamp' established and Bond is switching place with a representative from the Heraldry, Sir Hilary Bray Baronet who is the Sable basilisk of the College.

The College of Arms is the official repository of the coats of arms and pedigrees of English, Welsh, Northen Irish and Commonwealth families and their descendants. The officers of the College are known as Heralds and they specialize in genealogical and heraldic work for their respective clients.

"One physical note may be that the real Bleauchamps are without earlobes" 
                              -Sir Hilary Bray Baronet-

The building originates from the 1670's after the old Heralds' building had been destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The front gates were put up in 1956 and came from Goodrich Court, Herefordshire where they've had originally been erected in 1870.
The College of Arms can be found on the same location it has been since the 16th century, Queen Victoria street directly south of the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. Some parts of the College are open for the public on weekdays between 10 a.m and 4 p.m.

Interesting motto eh, "the world is not enough"...
-Sir Hilary Bray on the Coat of Arms of Sir Thomas Bond, one of Bond's ancestors-

The first view shows St. Paul's Cathedral over the rooftops before the camera pans down to the entrance. S:t Paul's can be found just north of the Heraldry. It also featured in a deleted scene with Lazenby filmed after his visit to Sir Hilary Bray. The scene featured a foot-chase were Bond hunts down one of Blofeld's men, spying on him at the Heraldry. The original footage is lost but a photo with Lazenby jumping off a roof in front of the cathedral can be found in the book 'James Bond - the Legacy'.  

The best thing about the British is that things rarely changes, so the College still looks the same as it did in 1969.

This building, along with quite a few other Bond locations, also features in the Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr.

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