Couple transform home into 007 set
Published 14/01/2010 | 07:28
A Dorset couple spent four months and about £3,000 transforming their home into a James Bond film set, complete with German soldiers and 007 crashing into their bathroom in a hang glider.
Simon and Angie Mullane scoured the internet and travelled around the country to collect memorabilia for their New Year's Eve party in Poole.
The couple, both 44, transformed their home into a homage to the fictional spy created by writer Ian Fleming.
Up to 40 guests were greeted at the roadside with a home-made checkpoint manned by one of several soldier mannequins dressed in authentic East German border guard uniforms bought from eBay.
They covered the front garden in camouflage cloth with two Sean Connery Bond mannequins performing stunts in the garden.
One was dangling from a hang glider, bought from Birmingham, so large its wing tip stuck into the first floor bathroom.
Another Bond sat expectantly inside a mini-helicopter alongside a giant missile built from an air condition extractor pipe. They started planning the party in September after deciding on the theme.
Mrs Mullane said: "We are not particular fans but we thought it would make a great theme and it would be easy to dress up in black tie or a little black dress but in the end everyone made a massive effort with some fantastic costumes."
Mrs Mullane donned a gold body suit to become the Goldfinger character Jill Masterson.
They invited 26 people for a three-course meal and the rest for the after party. Invites were a top secret document announcing the new year's mission statement and biographies of Bond heroes and villains to inspire fancy dress.