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Belfast firm lands James Bond Spectre deal: How an Ulster firm floored the most famous spy in the business

By John Mulgrew

Published 27/10/2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz attend The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015 of the 24th James Bond Adventure,
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz attend The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance 2015 of the 24th James Bond Adventure, "Spectre" at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Davidson /WPA Pool / Getty Images)

A Belfast firm has helped furnish one of the sets in the latest instalment of the hit British film franchise James Bond.

The Wooden Floor Company landed a £30,000 blockbuster deal to line the floors of the famous Pinewood Studios for the latest 007 movie Spectre.

The floor features as part of a large Austrian hotel set, based in London.

And it's understood it was director Sam Mendes himself that picked the grey laminate wooden panels.

Richard Snape, managing director of the firm, told the Belfast Telegraph: "We got contacted through our online business. We didn't know what it was at first, as it was an unusual request.

"Then about 18 months ago, we found out who they were. Most of it was done online, back and forwards, and then we went down to seal the deal. We shipped it over to Pinewood late last year.

"It was unbelievable and a really great experience. The sets were amazing, with the best of materials, including high-gloss marbles."

A total of 12 pallets of wood, measuring around 12,000 sq m, were shipped over to London to feature in the Hollywood blockbuster.

But Mr Snape still hasn't managed to catch a glimpse of the company's work on screen. "We were going through all the trailers, trying to catch it," he said.

The business sold a total of three floors to the Bond production, with the grey wooden floor for the Austrian hotel taking centre stage. "It was a great experience. It's the most high-profile thing we've done," said Mr Snape.

Mr Snape said the company had also tried to buy back the flooring from the crew.

The Wooden Floor Company was set up by Mr Snape 20 years ago, with £500, shortly after he left university.

It now employs around 40 staff.

The 24th instalment of the Bond franchise hit the screens for the first time last night.

And as usual, the latest 007 film is packed with explosions, epic car chases and Bond's witty one-liners, which will satisfy fans across the globe.

Spectre reunites Daniel Craig with director Mendes, after Skyfall in 2012 became the highest-grossing British film in history.

But it may be their final 007 adventure together, with the film-maker saying Spectre is likely to be his last Bond film, while Craig has also said he is growing tired to playing the secret agent.

Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear return for Spectre, alongside newcomers to the franchise such as Christoph Waltz and Andrew Scott.

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