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Edinburgh’s Great Film Connections

What does James Bond have in common with Harry Potter?

26 . 06 . 2015

Maggie Smith’s Morningside Lady accent for the role gave classic quotes such as “Please try to do as I say and not as I do”

James Bond

Everyone’s favourite Bond is of course Edinburgh’s very own Sean Connery, hailing from Fountain Bridge, right next to our Grove Street properties, where a small plaque commemorates the birth place of the worlds most famous former milkman. Surely something rather more extravagant  should be in order, the literary character also has some close connections to the city being a former pupil at Fettes college in the city.

Harry Potter

The books were born within the cafe’s around the city, with JK Rowling famously spending time as a single mother writing the words that would enthrall children the world over. The Elephant House doorway on George the 4th Bridge is always packed with tourists looking to get their picture taken at the “birthplace” of Harry Potter. You can also visit the grave of Lord Voldemort, whose namesake Thomas Riddle’s resting place is within Greyfriars Kirkyard.


Depicting Edinburgh as a haven for drug abuse and violence in an illuminating and uplifting way is an achievement in itself, making household names of Ewen Macgregor and Robert Carlisle along the way. This film began a run of films that suddenly made British movies “cool” in the 1990’s and launched the careers of some of the country’s most celebrated actors. You can re-enact the opening scene by running down Princes Street, or maybe that is not the wisest thing to be doing…

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The most famous teacher in film, no Higher English programme would be complete without watching the film adaption of Muriel Sparks classic novel. It earned Maggie Smith an Oscar for her portrayal of the teacher who she gave a distinctive Morningside Lady accent for the role and gave classic quotes such as “Please try to do as I say and not as I do” and “Little girls! I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, and all my pupils are the creme de la creme. Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life”. Her accent gave a sharpness in tone other dialects could not match, Edinburgh through and through.

Rosslyn Chapel

The mystery of this beautiful chapel has intrigued people for centuries, its intricate architecture is host to numerous conspiracy theories which were significantly heightened after the release of the Da-Vinci Code. The film propelled this magnificent building into the worlds psyche. Tales and mystique surround the area and you can visit this place of wonder searching for clues.

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