I was a bit too quick off the mark there…
I put up a post earlier in response to a lengthy comment I received which informed me that ‘I should get a very very good lawyer’ because I’m in for a ‘rough ride’ from the Bond production company EON. This was from someone who claims to be working on the production. The tone of the email struck me as trying to threaten or frighten me, and as a knee jerk response I stated what had been happening in my communications with the MoD and EON since last week, something I had previously chosen not to mention.
I have spoken since then to a very nice man from EON with whom I’ve been in touch over the last week, and he assures me that EON are certainly not intending to prosecute me or take this matter any further. I wish I’d spoken to him before I posted this morning, frankly, but stupidly I was really rattled by the message (I’ve re-approved the comments, by the way, since the sender intended them to be published here). It seems that because I was not intending to gain commercially from the photos, I have not broken the law. Although I could, therefore, sell the images again if I chose to, I am not going to do so out of respect for EON productions (who have been courteous throughout, as were the military police) and in particular EON’s location manager who has been so reasonable and kind about all of this. I just wish I’d realised what the cursed photos were worth in the first place and got a decent amount of money to make up for all this bloody hassle. C’est la vie.
For my reasons previously stated, I am intending to leave the blog up as it stands. The images are already all over the internet, so it won’t make a jot of difference if I take them down. I won’t be mentioning Skyfall, EON or anything to do with James Bond in any more posts though. Nor will I be returning to Hankley for a while! I’m sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye to all the lovely people I met there during the making of the film.
Back to nature from now on.
p.s. to Roger who sent me a very critical comment this afternoon. I did approve and respond to it, but by that time I’d taken down the post that so offended you, so I wasn’t able to publish your comment in connection with it. May I respectfully suggest, though, that if you find me so objectionable, you do not feel impelled to read my blog. Ever. As I’ve heard said… don’t let the door bang your arse on the way out. 😉