As always I don’t know where the time has gone but months have gone by since my last effort but what is apparent it will be difficult to write chronologically as there is so much to remember and perhaps its best to grab the snippets of information as they pop up in my brain before they disappear for ever. So here goes:
‘Bond’ has been the corporate theme of choice since ‘Spectre’ premiered in the UK on 26th October last year. This continued through the Christmas party season and into the New Year. Currently the most popular choice Daniel Craig has pushed Sean Connery, finally, into 2nd place and we work with various Daniels (Max, Eddy, David and Steve) all have had their turn dependent upon the best match of their location and that of the venue. Venues for Bond nights have included The Roof Gardens Kensington, Chelsea Harbour Hotel, Crewe Hall Cheshire, The Grove Watford and the Grosvenor Cinema Glasgow. The Daniels were often backed up by ‘Baddies’ with Odd Job and Jaws still coming out top..
Other corporate evenings have included a ‘Geordie’ end of conference night at the Crowne Plaza, Newcastle – starring Ant and Dec – at last a job where we have been able to put our 2 guys together (Ant & Dec always difficult) but now we have a great duo. They were joined by Alan Shearer, flying the flag for Newcastle its been many years since we have been asked for him, which was at the time of his McDonalds ads. How long ago was that? Plus Cheryl Cole and Mr. Bean First time for this theme – nice.
Another ’themed’ job with a difference was for a pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim for their their Gala Dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Heathrow after their 3 day conference. The Dinner theme was Perfect Pairs, but with one of the pair more prominent than the other – so they chose The Queen (Jeanette) and Prince Philip (Mervyn) together with Del Boy (Steve) and Rodney (Darren). Sounds easy but in fact although Del Boys work all the time very seldom is Rodney required so it took a while to unearth somebody. This job was made doubly difficult and expensive by 3 of the artistes having to travel to Heathrow from Newcastle, North Yorkshire and Grimsby. We have also, quite recently, provided a Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone for a dinner at Hixter for the delegates from a recent gaming exhibition at Excel – I have just searched for the connection (apart from the obvious ‘Hollywood label’) and did find on Google that they had possibly been married at one time! I have just checked with Helena and in fact that these two characters are featured on their fruit machines.
We had a nice photographic shoot to promote flu jabs for the over 65’s for Well’s Pharmacy using football managers – Roy Hodgson, Arsene Wenger, Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp – and we can do more – seem to have had quite a few Jurgen Klopps lately but no work as yet, sadly.
Other photo shoots included Andrea as Cheryl Cole for The Sun supposedly snorting coke in the toilets, an article for the Daily Mail about 4 of our Jeremy Corbyns, while Graham, maybe the ‘lead’ Corbyn, has done numerous shoots for The Sun and The Daily Mail. Graham (Corbyn) also took part in the wonderful Agadoo (Black Lace) relaunch to coincide with Walkers Crisps ad.
Direct Line booked 80ies lookalike – Mick Jagger, Bono and John Lennon to surprise and reward a customer in Nottingham who had her vinyl record collection stolen which was filmed for their website. (It should have been David Bowie instead of Bono but sadly it was scheduled for the day after David himself –sadly passed away).
Madonna (Melita) and Michael Jackson (Anthony) were booked by the Worcester Bosch Group to promote their forthcoming Staff party and then as they loved them so much they booked them again for the actual party. One lucky couple booked three 60ies celebrities for their Hampstead Golden Wedding – Audrey Hepburn, Dusty Springfield and Mick Jagger. In fact during the months running up to the party they really wanted Harold Wilson – but we no longer have one. We then tried to turn people into him with the pipe and Gannex raincoat – one contender being Lord Downton, but failed.
More body doubling I’m pleased to say Jude Law for Lexus and Joe Hart for Head & Shoulders. Our Rita Ora gave a make up lesson on This Morning – how to look as fabulous as the real Rita Ora. Neil our Hitler appeared in an Indie film shoot at Pinewood – not out yet while our David Dickinson will be appearing in a, still under wraps, hotly awaited, long anticipated, third in the series – feature film. Francesca – Katy Perry brought some sparkle to the new intake of pupils disco at a school in South East London while Dr. Who (Matt Smith) made extreme Dr.Who fan Chris’s (who has learning difficulties) 60th birthday by just being there. Chris was presented with a card hand written by the Doctor and then invited him to inspect his Dr. Who themed bedroom.
We are hoping for a great Royal year with the Queen’s 90th Birthday – and the bookings really are flooding in. On the other hand I am concerned that the forthcoming EU Referendum is going to deter clients in the corporate sector. Swings and roundabouts as always. We were very lucky to get a great five page article in the Saturday Telegraph magazine before Christmas – despite being shocked to open on a full page picture of me together with a Cara Delavigne! Not Fair.
Final update – we have a new member of staff here, he is a 5 month year old pekingese puppy called BooBoo and is as divine as my previous 5 puppy lookalikes that have spanned my whole life since I was 9 yrs. old.