Friday, 18 June 2021

Rotary Club of Henley Bridge

JAMES BOND film director John Glen was the guest speaker at a Rotary Club of Henley

JAMES BOND film director John Glen was the guest speaker at a Rotary Club of Henley Bridge fund-raising dinner and auction.

The evening, held at Badgemore Park Golf Club, raised £4,000 for the Teenage Wilderness Trust, which supports students who find it difficult to engage with mainstream education.

Mr Glen, 83, directed five films,

For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights

Licence To Kill.

His talk was called “Inside the world of action film-making of James Bond” and showed clips from


A View to a Kill
followed by a question and answer session. He then signed photographs and books.

Matt Bailey spoke about the trust and club president Joy Arnott talked about its work.

Auction items included a signed copy of

For My Eyes Only: The Autobiography of John Glen
and a golf lesson, nine-hole game and lunch with golf coach Simon Holmes.

Mr Glen, who plays golf at Badgemore Park, said: “I did a talk about eight or nine months ago which was quite successful and they said would I come back and do one for Rotary? I’m a lousy golfer, so hopefully I’m a better speaker!

“I used to be a film editor and I went on to do action scenes. I used to write pre-title sequences and then direct them and I became very adept at it.

“Eventually Cubby Broccoli called me into his office one day and said ‘how would you like to direct the next James Bond film?’ The rest is history.

“If you look through my films there’s always a ski sequence and there’s always a flying sequence. The most important scene I ever shot was the ski chase sequence at the beginning of

The Spy Who Loved Me,
which is reckoned to be one of the top stunts of all time.

“If I’d failed it probably would have been the end of my career.”

Jeni Wood, who chairs the Rotary club’s community and service committee, said: “It was a fantastic evening and I know the charity was delighted with how it went.

“John was a hugely entertaining speaker and the golf club was well decorated with a

Casino Royale
theme, which was very fitting.”

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