Max Denbigh, or C, is in Tokyo trying to convince representatives from nine countries (the “Nine Eyes”) to share their nation’s surveillance information with British Intelligence for the greater good of the globe.
“Do not let them tell you we need less surveillance. We need more.”
The camera peers into the back of C’s head. He speaks with urgency. The Nine Eyes hang on every word. Two men to the right of C’s head sits a blurry, non-talking, dark-haired, slightly cocked “Spanish” head.
That blurry Spanish head is mine.
Earlier this year I spent about twenty hours on set at Bond #24: SPECTRE. Not much in the grand scheme of time, but plenty of time to dissect a unique experience and share what I learned.
I write to you as someone who wouldn’t consider themselves an actor and certainly not a “movie star.” I’m but a mere mortal; just a guy who’s lucky enough to live in London and be cast as an extra in one of the most iconic film series of all time.
My day job is to help people find more fulfilment in theirs. So I can’t help but use this experience to shine light on an industry, a line of work, a collection of jobs that too often sits high on a pedestal for those of us who aren’t “movie stars.” I share my experience to bring Hollywood down to a level where the rest of us can examine it, demystify it and ultimately, learn from it.
In the spirit of Bond, here are 007 anecdotes and lessons I learned.
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