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Nene Valley Railway staff and volunteers must have been feeling shaken and stirred this weekend when General Manager Sarah Piggott and Assistant GM, Tracy Spring were presented with a cheque for £4,515 by two of the event crew, Marc Hernandez and Del Singh from the James Bond fan group, On the Tracks of 007.

Event organiser Martijn Mulder in association with Anders Frejdh of AF Management brought around 150 fans together with VIP Bond guests a fortnight ago to raise funds for Nene Valley Railway.

The event was to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1983 Bond film Octopussy which used NVR as a filming location and gave fans who’d purchased tickets for the 2 day event the opportunity to mingle with cast and crew members.

Tracy Spring, Assistant General Manager said - “This amazing donation will be going towards helping fund ongoing volunteer and staff training which is an integral part of our operations, keeping the love of steam alive for all to enjoy and the filming site of many 007 scenes open for fans to come and visit."

The cheque presented to the railway on Saturday was made up from a number of fundraising initiatives over the weekend including a charity auction; autograph signing session and proceeds from a new book, On the Train Tracks - Filming Octopussy and GoldenEye at Nene Valley Railway.

The event attracted fans from all over the UK as well as Europe and the USA to celebrate alongside 15 cast and crew members including Bond girl Kristina Wayborn and some of the Octopussy Circus girls, Alison Worth, Safira Azfal and Helen Hunt.

Five times James Bond film Director John Glen was also back along with many of his film crew including Anthony Waye, Tony Madden, Peter Davies, John Grover, Colin Miller and special effects supervisor John Richardson.

Many of the cast who attended were returning to the NVR for the first time since they filmed scenes in 1982 including actors David and Tony Meyer who along with fellow actor and stuntman Andy Bradford reunited at Orton Weir, the location of a scene they shot together that appeared early on in the film and is just behind the railway.

This 10 minute video made by one fan who flew over from Italy for the weekend shows some of the highlights of the weekend including a train journey along the route to see places used in the film, an autograph session on a train carriage used in the film and entertainment at the gala evening meal.

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