Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bons Baisers de Hong Kong - Les Charlots (1975) - Connaught Road, Central

In a little joke about the quality of the French secret service (known as the SDECE or the Service de Documentation Extérieure et de Contre-Espionnage) there is a scene when two of Les Charlots are looking up at two buildings supposed to be the KGB and CIA agencies. Two rather tall and impressive skyscrapers compared to the shabby buildings occupied by the SDECE in the middle of them both.

The building on the right is still around, although it has since been given a remarkable facelift. It's the Nan Fung Tower (南豐大廈). Sadly, the ramshackle row of shophouses in the middle have since been replaced by CTS House (that is the HQ of the China Travel Service) and the KGB building on the left has been replaced by the naff sounding 'Beautiful Group Tower'.

Just poking through the gap at the back (seen on the right of the SDECE sign in picture 3) is the General Commercial Building at 156 - 164 Des Voeux Road Central. It's still there and STILL painted in those very same colours.

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