London Film Quiz: 1. Tower Bridge

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London Film Quiz: 1. Tower Bridge
To compensate for his diminutive stature, Hoskins would often use perspective in order to tower over landmarks.
To compensate for his diminutive stature, Hoskins would often use perspective in order to tower over landmarks.
The first swan to get an Asbo for littering.
The first swan to get an Asbo for littering.
Preposterous. Unrealistic. The Thames could never look that blue.
Preposterous. Unrealistic. The Thames could never look that blue.
Based on actual events...
Based on actual events...
Don't try this at home.
Don't try this at home.

It's four years since our favourite pub night first got heads a-scratching. The Bigger Boat film quiz takes place every first Wednesday of the month at The Boogaloo in Highgate. To celebrate two-fifths of a decade in the quizmongery business, factmaster general Simon Williams has put together the first in a series of quizzes about London locations on film, kicking off with the following ten posers concerning Tower Bridge. If you know any answers, leave 'em in the comments. And no Googling!

If this whets your appetite, head to the Boogaloo on 6 May for the fourth anniversary film quiz. The fun starts at 8.30. Get there early as the place gets packed. Entreaties that they're going to need a bigger pub fall on deaf ears. Now, on with the quiz...

1. Opening with a sweeping aerial shot along the River Thames to Tower Bridge, Frenzy (1972) is the only 18-rated film from which acclaimed director?

2. "There's a fantastic sequence where we duel to the death on a half-built Tower Bridge. It's a perfect way to end the movie..." That's actor Mark Strong talking about which upcoming movie blockbuster?

3. 1975 'cop out of water' action film Brannigan sees Chicago detective Jim Brannigan jump a yellow Ford Capri over the half raised Tower Bridge. Who plays the title character?

4. Businessman Henry Bell (Sam Neill) and aristocrat Karen Knightly (Helena Bonham Carter) meet when both plan to commit suicide by jumping from Tower Bridge in The Revengers' Comedies (1998). The film is based on the play by which prolific English playwright?

5. Which cult '80s time-travel movie sees New York ad man Jim Ferguson (played by Alex Hyde-White) visit Colonel Raymond (Peter Cushing) at his home in Tower Bridge?

And, just so you can't do it all with Google, here's a picture round. Name the film in each shot.

Last Updated 16 April 2009

M@

So nobody knows any of the answers?

RachelH

I say: the new Sherlock Holmes (Mark Strong) and The Long Good Friday. I didn't Google, so I'm probably wrong.

They're fracking hard, man.

Jane

1. Roman Polanski
2. the new Mark Strong film
3. Dot Cotton's husband
4. something by Ayckborne (?!)
5. Biggles (really!)

SimonC

(1) Alfred Hitchcock
(2) Sherlock Holmes
(3) John Wayne
(4) Probably Thomas Middleton
(5) Biggles

And the movie stills are from The Long Good Friday, Basil The Great Mouse Detective, 28 Weeks Later, Flushed Away and Gorgo.