One of those routine Port of London Authority notices that makes you sigh, open to see what it is then sit up and type WHAT is very loud letters. Such moments are why I subscribe to them – for those rare nuggets of joy in the operational tedium.

In a couple of weeks time there will be filming along the Thames involving a helicopter.

And it is going to fly THROUGH Tower Bridge on one of the evenings.

The official notice sayth:

  • 8th June 2012 10.00 – 20.00 Battersea Rail Bridge to Wappingness at various locations.
  • 9th June 2012 10.00 – 22.00 Battersea Rail Bridge to Wappingness including a flight through Tower Bridge (Late evening).


  • 10th June 2012 06.00 – 20.00 Battersea Rail Bridge to Wappingness at various locations. If required.

I think it is fair to suggest that an awful lot of people will be in the area on that Saturday evening looking out for a helicopter doing something we are unlikely to see again.

I gather this is filming for a James Bond movie, although that is not confirmed. Then again, it does sound very bond-like.

Although rather rare, it’s not the first time that something that flown through Tower Bridge.

In April 1968, to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the RAF, Flt Lt Alan Pollock flew his Hawker Hunter FGA.9 jet fighter through the bridge in part in protest against the government and because no one was marking the anniversary anyway.

Rather nicer, I think, was an idea to use flying boats on the Thames with an “airport” next to the Tower of London. It was tried out, but evidently wasn’t developed further.

But this Pathe News film shows the flying boat as it approaches the Bridge then lands on the Thames. I would love to see that recreated.


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  1. Jon Allen says:

    wonder how much the insurance will be for that helicopter!

  2. Chris Holt says:

    Wasn’t there a fly through in the opening sequences of Frenzy, the Hitchcock thriller from 1972?

  3. James says:

    Thanks for the tip off. Went and watched it from the south side by city hall. It went through a couple of times going west with the road deck down but closed to traffic and pedestrians. Weather was fine.

  4. Terence Eden says:

    Just wanted to thank you for mentioning this. Had a great time watching it – and it was lovely to finally meet you.

    Videos of the practice run and the three flythoughs on my blog

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