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Former MI6 chief would have blocked 007's Vauxhall Cross usage

01-Oct-2019 • Bond News

The former head of MI6 has revealed he would have said “no” to a scene in James Bond movie Skyfall in which the organisation’s London HQ is blown up by a terrorist.

Sir Richard Dearlove, who was the head of MI6 from 1999 to 2004, told The Times that when Robin Cook was foreign secretary, the film's producers asked him for permission to use the MI6 headquarters – located at Vauxhall Cross on the Thames – as a backdrop.

The building appeared in several Bond films, with a 50ft model being blown up for Skyfall. Sir Dearlove said that Cook did not tell him about the approach, “knowing I would say no”.

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