Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Bond Street.........James Bond Street


Bond Street, James Bond Street

With the release of the latest Bond film Skyfall being this month (February 2013), London's Bond Street underground station was done up as one big advert for the release.

I felt like a bit of a spy myself trying to get this shot, above, without being seen , I did want it without any people but this is such a busy station I think I could have been there all day and still not find the right time to get the shot.

The shot below was a little easier to time between waves of people streaming through this area out to the escalator shot above.

Skyfall at Bond Street London


Bond Street station is going through a bit of a makeover in general as it will be part of the London Crossrail Project so the station is being improved and expanded to accommodate the extra foot fall.


The station was first opened on 24 September 1900 by the Central London Railway, three months after the first stations on the Central Line opened. The surface building was designed, in common with all original CLR stations, by the architect Harry Bell Measures.
In 1909, Harry Selfridge proposed a subway link to his new Selfridges store to the west, and the renaming of the station as "Selfridges". Contemporary opposition quashed the idea.
The station has seen several major reconstructions. The first, which saw the original lifts replaced by escalators, a new sub-surface ticket hall and a new fa├žade to the station, designed by the architect Charles Holden, came into use on 8 June 1926. This was demolished with the construction of the "West One" shopping arcade in the 1980s, a period that had also seen the Jubilee Line services to this station commence on 1 May 1979. Some slight elements of the original facade do survive above the eastern entrance to the station.
In 2007 the station underwent a major modernisation, removing the murals installed on the Central line platforms in the 1980s and replacing them with plain white tiles, in a style similar to those when the station opened in 1900

Thanks to Wikipedia for the info on the station.

The architecture on the underground is so diverse dating from the 1920s right up to modern times so there is something there that should appeal to anyone who has the time to just take the time to stop and admire what most people just take for granted.