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Titanic Tour

Those who can afford luxury travel might be interested in learning that you can now head to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean and visit the wreck of the Titanic. British travel company Blue Marble Private, the firm behind the tour, promises a once-in-a-lifetime epic experience.  However it’s not just a simple day tour, it lasts for days!

Those that don’t mind paying the reported £86,500 for a ticket, (which incidentally is double the original £40,000 cost of a first class ticket to sail on titanic), will fly in a helicopter from Newfoundland to the expedition’s support yacht in the North Atlantic.  After two days on board the yacht learning about the ship, these extreme sightseers will get a five-hour dive to the sea bed to see the decaying remains of the Titanic. Nobody could dive that deep and survive the pressure so a special submersible designed by OceanGate Inc will take people safely to and fro. The specially designed titanium and carbon fibre submersible can reach depths of 4,000 metres and will be guided by a crew of experts.

Obviously this is not a tour for us humble folk,  but it its thought it will be popular with the rich, scientists, archaeologists and wannabe explorers. Only 9 people will go on any one tour.

Take a look and the link below for details of how to book:

http://www.bluemarbleprivate.com/insight/dive-the-titanic

Titanic Tours – by Blue Marble Private (Photo: Oceangate.com)

Titanic Facts

  • The Titanic ship sank after hitting an iceberg on 15 April 1912.
  • It was the ships maiden voyage and left Southampton heading for New York.
  • Over 1,500 of the 2,224 passengers and crew died.
  • The ship was more than 880 feet long and 100 feet high – the worlds largest passenger ship at that time.
  • Some of the wealthiest people in the world were on the ship when it sank.
  • The richest passenger to die was John Jacob Astor IV who at the time had a net worth of around £68m (approximately £1.6 bn today)/
  • Some of the ship’s interiors were inspired by those at the Ritz hotel in London.
  • Only 16 lifeboats and four collapsible boats were on-board.
  • 100,000 people turned up to see the ship’s launch on May 31, 1911

Titanic 1997 Film Facts

  • The film gross of over $1.84 billion.
  • The movie cost $200 million to make with $7.5 million spent to reconstruct the ship.
  • The movie set was mounted on hydraulic jacks which could be tilted.
  • Titanic nominated for fourteen Academy Awards.
  • James Cameron apparently drew all the pictures in Jack’s sketchbook, also the hands seen sketching Rose were not Jack’s but Cameron’s.
  • Matthew McConaughey was meant to play Jack, but James Cameron insisted on Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Gloria Stuart who played Rose Dawson and also narrates the film was the only person working on the film who was actually living in 1912, the year the ship sunk.
  • Gloria Stuart became the oldest person to ever be nominated for an Oscar at age 87.
  • Oddly after James Cameron finished the script, he discovered that there was a real J. Dawson who died aboard the Titanic.
  • They used a genuine artefact that survived the sinking, the piece of wooden paneling that Rose floated on after the sinking can be seen at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Traditional Tours UK

Brit Movie Tours is pleased to introduce its sister company Traditional Tours UK which was launched a few weeks ago.  Over the years we have had many people ask us about general sightseeing tours and other tours which we couldn’t really class as movie location tours. So the decision was made to create a new website where we can group tours which are not strictly based on movie locations.

Currently we have a number of literary tours, Beatles tours and general London tours. Each tour has been carefully thought about and put together to really give an insight into each particular tour. Where possible we have tour guides that are either experts in that genre or have personal experience with the people or places on tour.

Literary Tours

Beatrix Potter Lake District TourFor fans of great English literature we have a Beatrix Potter tour which takes you to the beautiful Lake District where you start your tour at Lake Windermere.  Next you visit Hill Top and walk in the footsteps of Miss Potter and see why she fell in love with the area and how it inspired her to write her famous children stories. This tour involves a lot of walking and lasts for over 4 hours.  It is not recommended for those with mobility issues.

Our Shakespeare tour is a walking tour around London taking you to places that the famous writer frequented. The route of the tour focuses on the South Bank area of London because that was hub of theatrical life in the capital during the life of Shakespeare. It’s a 2 hour walking tour run by an guide who is an expert on Shakespeare.

Our Dickens London walking tour will take you back to the 19th century and take you to places that Dickens frequented and inspired his early work.  On the 1 3/4 hour tour you will get to visit many sites that are mentioned in his writings from Pickwick Papers, Our Mutual Friend, Oliver Twist and many other books.

Beatles Tours

Beatles ToursThere are 3 Beatles tours, two in London and one in Liverpool. The Beatles tour of London plus rock sites will allow you to immerse yourself in the sites of London that played an important role in influencing the culture of the 1960’s, the punk revolution of the 1970’s and 80’s. You get to visit iconic locations including the famous zebra crossing which was used as the cover picture for the Abbey Roads album.  Other rock locations include Brian Epstein’s house, where Bob Geldof conceived the idea of Band Aid and the Rolling Stones’s Edith Grove apartments and nightclubs and neighbourhoods that have shaped the music industry.

Those wanting the all single and dancing Beatles tour can book the VIP tour of London. The tour guide for the VIP tours is a man who actually knew the fab four as he was the personal hairdresser from 1967 onwards. You will learn personal stories that you cannot hear anywhere else.  This really is an insight into the lives of the Beatles and can be customised to your personal interests.

The Beatles tour of Liverpool by taxi takes you to the childhood homes of each one of the Beatles. It is well known that Liverpool was a huge influence on their early music and helped inspire many lyrics and songs.  If you want to visit Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields then this 3 hour tour is the one for you.

London Tours

Panoramic tour LondonFinally we have a number of London tours taking you to some unusual places around the capital.  Those wanting to learn the history of London, our City London Walking tour is a must.  It is a 2 1/2 hour walking tour that will take in most of the famous landmarks as well as some hidden gems that you probably don’t know about.

Our quirky London tour is a tour dedicated to taking you to places a little off the beaten track.  It was put together to show off parts of London that often gets forgotten about.  Also there are many bizarre facts which the guide will share with you.  There are plenty of quirky places which make great photo opportunities.

The locations used in the famous Notting Hill film are on full display on our Notting Hill tour.  You will get to visit over 10 locations from the film including the real Travel Bookshop featured in the film.  Along route you get to see some of the current and former homes of the famous including Richard Branson and Richard Curtis. The tour winds up nicely at the famous Portobello Road Market where you will get some recommendations on where to eat and drink.

Fancy walking in the footsteps of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers Jack the Ripper?  Our the Jack the Ripper tour you will get to walk the Victorian alleyways in Whitechapel and learn about all the theories, facts and fiction that has fascinated the world since the discovery of the first body in 1888.

With a Westminster Tour, a Panoramic London tour, underground and pub tour, there is a tour for everyone. Head over to our new site Traditional Tours UK and get booking your next adventure.

 

 

 

Winter Is Coming!

The icy cold dread that fans have expected for months now: the Long Night of Winter is here, and the coming summer will be shorter than ever.

The 7th season of Game of Thrones is set to premiere on HBO in mid-2017.  HBO unsurprisingly greenlit Game of Thrones for a season 7 before season 6 even aired on TV.  Unlike previous seasons that all consisted of ten episodes, the seventh season will consist of only seven episodes something that Benioff and Weiss have hinted for months now.  In addition, it appears that season 8 looks poised to only be a mere six episodes.

However they have confirmed that the total time spent filming will be the same as for a 10-episode run – and according to Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont),  this means that the scale and size of the set pieces will be far more epic and extraordinary than ever if that’s possible! The season was filmed primarily in Northern Ireland, Spain, and Iceland.

Game of Thrones season 7 cast: Who is in it?

Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Lena Headey (Cersei), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) all signed up back in 2014.

The same five actors were also optioned for an eighth run of episodes in June 2016 – for a reported $1.1million (£8 85,000) per episode.

Sophie Turner’s is obviously back playing the incredible Sansa Stark.  And  it looks like the Lady of Winterfell will return for the final season as she let it slip that she needs keep her schedule clear for Game of Thrones season 8 later in 2017.

Therefore, it seems like anything could happen in the next episode, including characters having appearances that have died by the hands of others.   This seems to be the case with the villainous Walder Frey.

This is not to say that Walder Frey has survived having his throat cut by Arya. However as Arya has learned how to change her appearance at will, perhaps Arya will be posing as Walder Frey in order to truly bring the family to their knees.  With Walder Frey returning in some capacity for Season 7, could other characters eventually reappear on Game of Thrones?

Therefore, with all the rumours we will have to wait until winter is here to find out if many of the speculations and rumours are true.  Will Jon Snow marry Sansa Stark? Will Bran let the White Walkers through the wall? and will Jamie kill Cersei?  The possibilities are endless….

If you want to see over 10 UK filming locations, we have a number of Game of Thrones Tours which are proving popular.  We welcome all GOT fans to join us and discuss some of these rumours.  You will get to walk around Winterfell Castle, meet the actual Direwolves, and get your photo taken on an Iron Throne.  We look forward to seeing you.

Game of Thrones Tours

Outlander currently filming in South Africa

The next season of Outlander is currently being filmed in South Africa and if the recent leaked pictures are anything to go by, it looks like we are in for a real treat.

The cast started filming in the third series in Scotland last August 2016. The crew wrapped up filming in Scotland on the 7th of February and have since moved filming to South Africa.

Super fan Wanda Serrano tweeted the following recently:

 


Season two ended with Claire finding out that that Jamie survived the Battle of Culloden and wondering what to do next.

The third season will be based on Voyager, the third fantasy book by American author Diana Gabaldon. For those that have read the book know that Voyager reunites Claire and Jamie after a twenty year separation. Jamie’s life has changed beyond belief but his love for Claire is the same.

New Cast members

There are some new cast members we are excited about. Gary Young who was in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny has been cast as Mr. Willoughby, and Charlie Hiett who was in The Suspicions of Mr Whincher has been cast as Captain Thomas Leonard. Two important roles in season three are the Dunsany sisters. Hannah James has been cast to play Geneva and Tanya Rynolds will play Isobel.  Romann Berrus has been cast to play grown up Fergus. Australian actor David Berry becomes Lord John William Grey.

When’s its release date?

A date hasn’t been released yet but we are guessing it will be shown later in the summer this year or maybe early autumn.

Outlander Tours

The show has been a huge hit in America with many die hard fans wanting to see the filming locations.  We offer two Outlander tours.  Our ‘Outlander 2 day Locations Experience’ takes small groups to many locations in the series. Day one takes you to Jamie’s childhood home Lallybrock which is actually Midhope Castle,  a 16th-century tower house on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  Next you get to visit the home to Duke of Sandringham whch was filmed at Hopetoun House.   Many of the buildings were shot in the fictional town of Cranesmuir, which today is a perfectly preserved example of a seventeenth century town. On tour this is our stop for lunch.  Next we travel to Callendar House and Wentworth Prison.  Also along the way you will get to enjoy the views of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.

Day two starts at the 14th Century castle in Stirlingshire which was used for filming Castle Leoch. Next you visit the magnificent Gardens used to replicate The Palace of Versailles before heading on to a small medieval church.  This is the chapel where Rupert loses an eye.  After lunch you head to the 1945 Inverness location to see Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse before the final location stop used for Le harve.

Outlander 2 day Locations Experience details and booking click here..

Our second outlander tour is a one day 9 hour tour.  Highlights including seeing the church which stood in for Dalneigh Parish Church, taking in the magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle used as Castle Leoch. You will also learn about 18th century Scottish history and like all our tours get inside gossip on the cast and crew.  For more info this day Outlander tour click here.

Some of the sites you will see on our Outlander Tours:

 

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Outlander Tour - Doune Castle

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Is Fantastic Beasts just as Magical as Harry Potter?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review – Spoiler Free

Diehard fans of Harry Potter have probably already seen the new film by JK Rowling.  For those that haven’t seen it, we recommend it.  Whether you are a potterhead or not, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is original and enchanting and you will leave wanting more. We think it is every bit as magical as Harry Potter even if it is a bit more of a grown up movie.

One of the great things about the new film is that you don’t need to be well-versed in the world of Harry Potter to enjoy the film. You don’t need to have read any of the Potter books, but for fans there are enough hints of this world.  It may not be a real Harry Potter film but it is certainly just as entertaining and magical.

The film is the first of 5 films written by Rowling which prequels the Harry Potter film series. This is Rowling’s screenwriting debut and in our minds a complete success. Is there no end to the talents of this lady..  The first film is set in New York in 1926 and the main characters are all adults. The film is based on a schoolbook that Harry Potter and friends studied during their time at Hogwarts.

The Cast

The casting is brilliant. Eddie Redmayne plays eccentric Englishman Newt Scamander, who is the main character and is a magizoologist who is travelling the world to investigate its magical creatures.  He really encompasses the role and you can see what he was cast.

Katherine Waterston plays Tina Goldstein who works for the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) which is the American version of the Ministry of Magic. Tina is Newt’s eventual love interest and future wife according to rumours. She is a strong and ambitious character who likes to stand up for what’s right.

Alison Sudol plays Tina’s younger sister Queenie Goldstein who is a great fun loving, free spirited character who has the ability to ready minds.  Her character really stands out and shines and with this actress being relative new to the big screen, we look forward to seeing her career moving forward.

Dan Fogler plays Jacob, the only ‘no maj’ character.  A ‘no maj’ is the Americans word for ‘muggles’, a non wizard human.  He gets to go on magical adventures with the others and falls for Queenie.  There are some great scenes with them both in which I won’t spoil for you. But he is a great character which teases in the last scene that he will be back in the next film along with Queenie.

Colin Farrell plays Percival Graves who is the Director of Magical Security at MACUSA. I won’t go into too much of his character as there is a twist, but the importance of this character shouldn’t be underestimated.

The Story

The main character Newt Scamander arrives in New York with a suitcase of magical beasts.  Being a magizoologist we assume he takes his work with him wherever he goes. Why he is in New York is less clear but very quickly he unwittingly unleashes a number of magical beasts into the city and the rest of the film is based around trying to catch them.  He becomes friends with the other characters who help him try to re capture the beasts who are causing mayhem in the city. This film has a surprise ending which I won’t go into but again we assume it will lead onto the next film.

Rowling is already working on the next film screenplay and the filming looks set to start in the summer of 2017 with the film being released in November 2018.

Immersing yourself in JK Rowling’s magical universe is always entertaining and we think its every bit as magical as the Harry Potter films.  Everyone here at BMT loved the film and we can’t wait for the next installment which if rumors’ are true will be set in London.  This we can’t wait for as we will ensure our tours take you to all of these new locations.  If you would like to visit some of the movie locations from all the original Harry potter tours then take a look at all the Harry Potter Tours we have here.

New Star Wars Film – Rogue One

One of the biggest anticipated films of the year is nearing its release date.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released in cinemas on 15th December in the UK and is tipped to be the biggest movie of the year.

The Star Wars franchise shows no signs of slowing down as this is the first in the Star Wars Anthology Series; a new series of stand-alone spin-off films.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place just before the events of 1977’s Star Wars in a period of civil war.  The Galactic Empire rules the galaxy and is putting the finishing touches to their ultimate super-weapon, the Death Star.  The Rebellion plan to steal its plans in order to destroy it. The team of Rebel Alliance features Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelshon, Forest Whitaker and Donnie Yen.

Gareth Edwards directed the film and has described is as a grounded, war-based movie, where normal people have to come together to fight the Empire as opposed to relying on the Jedi or the Force.

Here at BMT we can’t wait to watch it.  If you haven’t seen any of the official trailers, take a look below:
  

Separating Fact from Fiction – The Real Peaky Blinders

The real Peaky Blinders was the name given to gangs that ruled the industrialised areas of Birmingham in the late 19th century.  From 1870’s onward, Birmingham was sinking into extreme poverty and crime was rife. Gangs were formed by youths wanting to claim ownership of certain areas in Birmingham. Postcode wars would see fights break out and sometimes so seriously many involved would die. The Wainwright Street Gang, Whitehouse Street gang and Ten Arches Gang are a number of gangs which lasted for over 30 years. English historian Professor Chinn revealed in his book about the Peaky Blinders that these smaller group of gangs came together to form the Aston Sloggers and went on to fight the Nechells Sloggers. By 1895 these gangs were being referred to by the press as Peaky Blinders or Sloggers. Their crimes included generalized violence theft, mugging, illegal betting, protection racketeering, and dealing in black-market goods.

Separating fact from fiction

The TV series is set in the 1920’s whereas the really Peaky Blinders were around in the 1890’s. The Birmingham born writer of Peaky Blinders Steven Knight came up with the idea for the drama years ago and is based on stories told to him by his parents who grew up in Small Heath Birmingham.

Many believe the name ‘Peaky Blinders’ derived from the gang stitching razor blades into their flat caps and using them as weapons as seen in the TV series.  However Professor Carl Chinn believes this is an unlikely scenario as razor blades had only just emerged and were a luxury and expensive item. ‘Peakys’ was a common nickname for popular flat caps with peaks which the gangs did ware. The gang were however the more stylish of gangs at the time. They dressed distinctively with peaked baps, cravats, bell-bottom trousers and silk scarves tied around their necks. This set them apart from other gangs such as the Birmingham Boys also known as the Brummagem Gang.

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Records of the gang members and crimes can be seen at Sparkhill’s West Midlands Police Museum

Gang Members

There was no real Tommy Shelby back in the day. It is still being debated whether Peaky Blinders were a single gang or a local Birmingham term for the gangs. The author of The Gangs of Birmingham Philip Gooderson, states that the Peaky Blinders originated as one gang but the term later became generic.  Details of the Peaky Blinders’ crimes are preserved in the West Midlands Police Museum showing images of Harry Fowler, Ernest Bayles, Stephen McHickie and Thomas Gilbert who are today referred to as the real peaky blinders.  Many gang members were as young as 12 such as baby faced Charles Lambourne and David Taylor 13.  The gang were referred to by court reports at the time as ‘foul mouthed young men who stalk the streets in drunken groups, insulting and mugging passers-by.’ But is was the older gang members who ruled the roost as it were, mainly Stephen McHickie, Harry Fowler and Tom Gilbert. Today the names of the gang members are all but forgotten, however their reputations are cemented in Birmingham’s history.  It is only recently the gang are being remembered thanks to the hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders.

To learn more about the gangs read Carl Chinn’s book, The Real Peaky Blinders and The Gangs of Birmingham by Philip GoodersonRecords of the gang members and their crimes are preserved in Sparkhill’s West Midlands Police Museum.

Filming Locations of Peaky Blinders

Despite the fact that the drama is set in 1920s Birmingham, very little of Peaky Blinders is actually filmed in the city. The Black Country Living Museum  was used to recreate the scrap metal yard of Charlie Strong and where Tommy Shelby stored his illicit goods and kept his race horse. Also the blacksmith’s forge was the location used for filming the dramatic scene when Tommy was forced to shoot dead an IRA sympathiser in the first episode of the second series. The rest of Peaky Blinders is filmed in Manchester, Leeds, Bradford but mainly Liverpool. Interestingly the street where the Shelby’s live, which is supposed to represent a terraced street in Small Heath, was actually the street where Ringo Starr from the Beatles grew up in Liverpool. You can visit this street on our very own Peaky Blinders Tour and also visit more than 10 filming locations in and around Liverpool. The tour lasts for 6 hours and costs £60, private and group tours available.. Click here to book for Peaky Blinders Tour

The BBC have commissioned seasons four and five so we should be able to watch season 4 sometime in 2017.  However if you can’t get enough of Peaky Blinders and can’t wait that long, why not join us on tour and hear lots anecdotes about the making of all three series of the show.

Who’s going to be the next James Bond?

A few years ago it was made public that Daniel Craig was no longer happy playing James Bond. It’s quite understandable considering how difficult it is to play the world’s greatest spy. First of all there’s the gruelling fitness regime, the amount of time that each movie takes to produce and the effect of being tied to a specific role thus making other openings difficult to fulfil.

Recently the final shortlist of the next 007 was released, here are the top five candidates:-

Idris Elba

Idris ElbaBorn in London on the 6th September 1972 to a Ghanaian mother and a Sierra Leonean father, Idris Elba is a true example of a Briton in today’s society. The world is a wonderful, diverse place and Hollywood has got into a lot of trouble over the years for ‘whitewashing’ most casts, and it’s about time that films represented real people. If cast Elba would be the first non-white 007, and if you’ve seen any of his work, you know that there are few actors more charismatic, suave, hardworking and deserving of that mantle as Idris Elba.

His first TV roles were appearances on ‘Crimewatch’ in murder reconstructions followed by quest appearances on shows including ‘The Bill,’ ‘Absolutely Fabulous,’ and ‘The Ruth Rendell Mysteries,’ and ‘Law & Order.’ Elba’s first major role was in the classic HBO TV crime drama ‘The Wire,’ as the intelligent drug lord Russell “Stringer” Bell, which later helped him land the lead role in ‘Luther’ as the morally ambiguous titular character loosely based on Sherlock Holmes.

Elba is a Golden Globe & BAFTA nominated actor for his role as the despicable rebel Commandant in Cary Fukunaga’s film ‘Beasts of no nation.’ He has starred in a few blockbusters such as ‘Thor,’ ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Star Trek: Beyond,’ ‘Prometheus,’ 2016’s ‘The Jungle Book,’ and the animated films ‘Zootopia’ aka ‘Zootropolis,’ and ‘Finding Dory.’

Idris Elba is the front-runner to play Bond, yet perhaps the only thing going against Elba is his age, 44. Thus far, the oldest actor to be cast as Bond in the main film series is Roger Moore at the ripe old age of 46 in 1973 for ‘Live and Let Die.’ These days, if you want an actor to sign on for a four/ five movie deal for the next 10-15 years, you may want to hire someone younger so they can keep up with the process of training and doing the stunts for Bond for longer.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender

 

Born 2nd April 1977 in Heidelberg, West Germany to a Northern Irish mother & a German father, they later moved to Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. Fassbender speaks fluent German, which may come in handy as an international spy.

His first on-screen role was in the Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks production “Band of Brothers,” and his first movie role was as a Spartan in the Zack Snyder film “300.” Since then he has appeared in a number of blockbusters such as “Inglorious Basterds,” “X-men: First Class,” “Prometheus,” and the upcoming video game adaption “Assassin’s Creed.” The issue with being a part of these blockbusters is that some of the films are still an ongoing series, with the X-men, The Prometheus/Alien, and Assassin’s Creed series all having sequels potentially every other year and adding another frequent commitment may be too much for Fassbender to maintain.

 

 

 

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston

Born 9th February 1981 in Westminster, London to a Scottish father and an English mother. At the age of 13 he began boarding at Eton College, and continued on to Pembroke College at The University of Cambridge.

He first broke onto the scene as the enigmatic, silver-tongued brother of Thor in the movie “Thor.” He got invited to the audition for Thor after working with the director of the film –Kenneth Branagh- on the TV show “Wallander.”

Hiddleston’s more famous roles are in “Thor,” “War Horse,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Crimson Peak,” “The Avengers.” He recently gained some attention playing the soldier turned intelligence operative in espionage thriller the TV show “The Night Manager” which a lot of people assumed was almost a try-out for the role of Bond. Incidentally the rumoured director of the new James Bond film is the director of the Night Manager TV series, Susanne Bier, so the fact that they’ve already worked together may play a part in the casting.

 

 

 

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam

 

Born 10th April 1980 in Newcastle, England. He received his first on screen role in the school drama “Byker Grove” at the age of 17, and a year later landed his first lead role in the hit drama series “Queer as Folk.” He was later cast as the lead in the big screen adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickleby,” and in the film “Green Street” as the leader of a West Ham United firm, for which his performance was well-received even with his much derided cockney accent.

Hunnam’s role as the football hooligan caught the eye of the creator of the, then, upcoming series “Sons of Anarchy” based on a fictional motorcycle club, Hunnam starred as Jackson “Jax” Teller throughout its entire run from 2008 through 2014. Hunnam’s first blockbuster came in the form of giant robots called Jaegers in the 2013 film “Pacific Rim.”

 

 

 

 

James  Norton

James NortonEnglish actor James  Norton was born in London on the 18 July 1985  and is currently the bookies favourite to be the next Bond.  He is best known for roles in the British TV series Happy Valley, Grantchester and most recently War & Peace.  He was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2015 for his role as ex-convict Tommy Lee Royce in Happy Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the top five candidates to play the world’s greatest spy, however, there are some good outsiders that could be considered for the role.

Who would you think could take on the role?

For those die hard fans we have a 9 1/2 hour James Bond Locations Tour from London.  As well as seeing many James Bond filming locations you will also enjoy learning how the films were made and see movie clips as you pass the locations.

Bloggers Wanted!

Brit Movie Tours is one of the many companies looking for bloggers.  Our tours educate and entertain visitors of all ages, nationalities and interests.  We pride ourselves on bringing your favourite movies and TV shows to life on our tours. To spread the word, we are looking for bloggers who would like to go on a free London tour in exchange for a review published on their blog.

We are aware online reviews are essential for our reputation and we pride ourselves on our Certificate of Excellence on Trip Advisor. You can read all of our reviews here.  You only have to read some of the reviews to see how impressed people are by our tour guides. Recent comments include one from Phil who wrote a couple of days ago: “I was given a James Bond walking tour as a gift but would not have regretting paying for it myself! I was extremely impressed with our guide – Phil…”  Another review the day before is from Nikki from London where she quotes “one of the most fun days I’ve had”.  We look at the very few negative reviews we get as an opportunity for us to do better.

Because more than 90% of online shoppers look for reviews on products and services before buying, we are always striving to be the very best in our industry.  Ensuring we do the best job we can to attract the best reviews is paramount in our business. We want our business to go from strength to strength by reaching more more people from all over the world.

Free Tours in London

If your a blogger and looking for opportunities of working with companies like us then get in touch.  We are looking for all types of bloggers from all around the world.  If you a bit of a film buff then you would be ideal.  Perhaps you’re a big fan of Dr Who, James Bond or Harry Potter.  Maybe you can’t get enough of Made in Chelsea, or TOWIE and would love to view these locations and share your experience with your readers.

Ideally we want established blogs and those with a good following. Travel bloggers or those that blog about days out and experiences would also be welcome.

If you are interested and would like to be considered for a free tour in exchange for a review, then email us your name, email, your blog address and a little bit of information about you, your blog and readers to: marketing (at) britmovietours (dot) com. Please use BLOG REVIEW in the subject heading.

 

 

 

 

Emmerdale – What’s going to happen next?

Emmerdale Set TourEmmerdale the nation’s favourite soap is going from strength to strength with compelling story lines, beautiful sets and characters that we can all relate to and believe in. So what does the future hold for us fans…

We have seen in the national press recently the actor Bill Ward who plays James Barton is leaving the soap, but how is he going to leave? The hottest rumours at the moment are that he is going to be killed off in one of the most dramatic story lines for a few years.  His departure is going to be in the New Year so ensure you keep your eyes on the screen to see how this story line develops, it’s sure to bring many a tear to viewer’s eyes.

Another shock departure is going to be actress Sophie Powell who plays Holly Barton, we all remember her return earlier this year and the high profile story of her relapse with drugs, her mother Moira’s cold turkey intervention and how her marriage to Cain broke down as a consequence.  Rumours are that Sophie has already filmed her final scenes and this will be a big story. However she is keeping tight lipped about any details of this.

We have all been riveted with actress Eden Taylor-Draper’s who plays Belle Dingle and her magnificent portrayal of mental illness, but how is the future likely to be for Belle. Over the next few weeks we are going to see Belle’s illness deteriorate with Ellie’s negative influence in her head make more rash decisions and put herself into more danger, and the police scale down the search for her.

Belle is now on the streets searching for scraps of food and being at the mercy of unscrupulous people who take advantage of young vulnerable girls. Will Belle be found by her worried family before it is too late? While the portrayal of mental illness is not a new concept for a soap, Emmerdale has managed to show the reality, not just for the sufferer but the impact on family and friends, by using a ‘real’ actress, Ashlie Robinson.  Emmerdale has allowed us viewers to get a real insight into how Belle must be feeling and what she must be going through. I have much admiration for all the cast for how they filmed the scenes with Belle and Ellie, how they made it so believable and how this made these scenes so compelling for us all.

So what else does the Yorkshire based soap hold for us in the future, we have all seen Charity and Cain’s relationship undulate as much as the Yorkshire Dales the series is set in, how low the scheming Charity likely to go to get her man ? Hot gossip at the moment is saying that she is going to set Cain up so that his wife Moira catches them in a clinch, will this be the final nail in the coffin for Cain and Moira’s marriage or will he be able to realise before it is too late and turn the tables on Charity. This story line is likely to keep us on the edge of our seats for a while yet.

The recent departure of Andy Sugden, actor Kevin Fletcher, was an emotional farewell for us all and especially for Kevin himself as he had been in the soap since he was aged twelve. Kevin has been heard recently dropping hints of an return “sooner than we think”. Will justice prevail and the truth about the shooting of Laurence finally emerge?

With all the problems in the Dingle clan recently we have all seen Zak and Lisa getting closer and Zak lying to his new wife Joanie about his whereabouts. This story line is likely to keep us guessing for a while to come yet but you can be sure it will be fireworks for the Dingles at some point.
Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson who made an appearance earlier this year as the troublesome Ryan is rumoured to be returning for more episodes and likely to become a regular in and around the Woolpack. We are also going to be seeing a new Faith Dingle in the near future; no doubt this is likely to upset a few applecart’s.

Finally, producer Iain McLeod has given us some food for thought stating in a recent interview “There is a massive week coming up on 17th of October” “ its unbelievably exciting” I for one can’t wait and will ensuring I have my Yorkshire tea and Parkin at the ready for this week.

Can’t get enough of Emmerdale? Why not book a guided Emmerdale Set Tour and walk on the famous cobbles yourself and get a selfie outside the The Woolpack.

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