Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I Spy (TV Series) - Robert Culp (1965) - The Peninsula Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui

Back to our I Spy series and a new episode called So Long, Patrick Henry. Easypeasy one this because The Peninsula is such a recognisable landmark on the Kowloon waterfront. But keep an eye open for a rather unorthodox view of it in a while.

Look closely and you'll see the Shell sign from the petrol station that used to be opposite. The building has changed of course and anyone who reads this stuff will know that there is now an office tower sticking up from the middle section, an underground carpark now exists and to accommodate it the front driveway was raised several feet.

These steps have been absorbed into the raised driveway, but judging from the picture below the interior doesn't look to have change much since Cosby and Culp passed the threshold.

Here are some interesting shots of a stuntman walking across the front facade. At least I'm pretty sure it wasn't Robert Culp...

Actually, the following shot - that IS Culp - actually looks to have been filmed on the floor below (note the absence of circular columns but easy to step on sills in front of the windows). Still, I'm quite impressed the hotel were prepared to let anyone do that at all.

Finally we have some closeups of that famous driveway and what looks to be a Routemaster bus going by in the background along Salisbury Road. Feel free to illuminate me as to the make/model of the car and the taxi company.

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