Amberley marks 30 years since 007 made history

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Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre will be marking 30 years since special agent James Bond 007 visited the chalk pits to shoot a box office smash.

Sir Roger Moore has been invited to visit the museum in September to mark 30 years since he shot scenes for ‘A View to a Kill’ with ’80s pop star Grace Jones.

JPCT- 14 Sept 1984 Archive picture. Hornost. Filming of A View To A Kill. Amberley Chalk Pits Museum. Roger Moore ENGSUS00120120910151559

JPCT- 14 Sept 1984 Archive picture. Hornost. Filming of A View To A Kill. Amberley Chalk Pits Museum. Roger Moore ENGSUS00120120910151559

‘Main Strike Mine’ in the film was the railway tunnel on the museum site.

The 10th Ale at Amberley Beer Festival will be coinciding with this special anniversary.

From Friday (September 4) to Sunday (September 6) there will be a range of beers to taste and music entertainment throughout including morris dancers, buskers and a German fair organ.

The big screen veteran is currently amid his tour ‘An Evening with Sir Roger Moore’, which starts in Guildford on October 18.

He is also publicising his new book ‘Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown’.

In 1984, the County Times was on the scene to take pictures of the stars in action.

The film was released in 1985 and was Sir Roger’s last Bond movie.

He is the longest-serving James Bond actor, having spent 12 years in the role - from his debut in 1973, to his retirement from the role in 1985.

JPCT- 14 Sept 1984 Archive picture. Hornost. Filming of A View To A Kill. Amberley Chalk Pits Museum. Grace Jones ENGSUS00120120910151542

JPCT- 14 Sept 1984 Archive picture. Hornost. Filming of A View To A Kill. Amberley Chalk Pits Museum. Grace Jones ENGSUS00120120910151542

He is also the oldest actor to play Bond. He was 45 when he started, and 58 when he announced his retirement on December 3, 1985.

Tickets are £5 on Friday and Saturday nights. During the day normal museum admission prices apply. Tickets are available from the museum, 01798 831370 option 4, or The Evening Star, Brighton; The Stanley Arms, Portslade; The Duke of Wellington, Shoreham; The Selden Arms, Worthing and The Beer Essentials, Horsham.

For more details, visit www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

The museum says CAMRA have been asked to help and have assembled a crack team: Steve Leyfield as cellarman, Roger Coton as a bar manager, Jackie Johnson advising on ciders and a whole bunch of experienced bar staff to help out and reduce waiting times. Ruth Dewdney who works at the museum is sourcing the fabulous beers with support from Dark Star and is the festival manager.

Every pint drunk will help the museum with its running costs.

On the Sunday CAMRA members get free entry from 2pm and, after this time, all beers left will be at £1.80 a pint.

Amberley Museum is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park dedicated to industrial heritage, with communications and electricity exhibition halls, working printshop, stationary engines, lime kilns and more. Visitors can take free rides on the narrow gauge railway or historic bus.

Pictured here, the Barn and Kiln bars at the museum, plus photos from the film shoot 30 years ago, showing Roger Moore, Grace Jones and Bond producer Cubby Broccoli.

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