East Coast has launched its very own Bond train to coincide with the DVD release of the franchise’s most successful feature, Skyfall.
On February 16, a launch event, including one of the film’s stars, actresses Naomi Harris (Moneypenny), producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, was held at King’s Cross.
As well as a specially-designed livery, the Class 91 locomotive has also been renumbered 91007 to mark the event.
East Coast managing director Karen Boswell said: “We’re thrilled that actors, producers and writers from the latest Bond film joined us to launch the train at a specially designated Platform 007.
“They then travelled First Class on-board Skyfall as it made its way on our prestigious London to Edinburgh route, following in the footsteps of Bond during the film as he travels north to his family home.
“It’s really exciting to launch an East Coast train as Skyfall and I am sure our customers will look forward to travelling on it too.”
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented: “We are delighted to unveil the Skyfall train marking the incredible success of the film and its release on Blu-ray and DVD.
“James Bond has had no shortage of train adventures on the silver screen over the past fifty years – from classic fight sequences in Octopussy and The Spy Who Loved Me to a more recent fateful encounter in First Class in Casino Royale – so it is fitting that 007 now has his own train.”
The Skyfall train began normal service on February 18, operating on the Flying Scotsman service between Edinburgh and London.