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His wood is his Bond

PUBLISHED: 18:35 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 August 2010

A 20-YEAR-OLD carpenter, who worked on hit films Mamma Mia and The Bourne Ultimatum, helped create the set for the eagerly awaited new James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

A 20-YEAR-OLD carpenter, who worked on hit films Mamma Mia and The Bourne Ultimatum, helped create the set for the eagerly awaited new James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

Joe Brampton, of Canterbury Road, Sidcup, learned his craft at the Gravesend campus of North West Kent College, in Dering Way, Gravesend.

After working on the set of Casino Royale, the previous Bond flick starring Daniel Craig as 007, he was part of the crew that built the sets for the 22nd film in the spy series.

He first became involved in working on sets more than two years ago, after his brother met a contact on holiday in Spain. Mr Brampton said: "I had been at college for about six months and managed to get work experience through my brother. I worked on the set of Casino Royale for about seven months, working in Pinewood Studios. After that I managed to get work on other sets, like the Bourne Ultimatum and Anne Boleyn. Last year I started working on the latest Bond film. It is hard work, but I love it. There are a lot of people working on the set, and a lot of pressure to get things done quickly." Mr Brampton, who met the Queen during a visit to Pinewood Studios, was involved in constructing various sets for the long-awaited blockbuster.

His jobs included creating an underground safe-house and a stunt set where Daniel Craig jumps between two roofs 35ft in the air. He added: "It was a great experience. I didn't actually get to meet any of the actors, but I saw plenty of them around, including Daniel Craig.

"It was a long journey up to the studios, but it was definitely worth it.


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