Skyfall? It was more like Downfall when the film location manager called in to say there has had been a change of plan. The production team has now cancelled hotel bookings and the castle’s owner has been told not to expect secret agents any time soon.
Given these extremely difficult times for tourism, hoteliers were delighted when the news first broke that some of the film was to be shot locally, bringing the prospect not just of good business but a sprinkling of glamour and excitement. Tales would be told for years of astonishing stunts, James Bond himself relaxing in the lounge bar with a glamorous entourage – and hordes of camera crew and extras filling the hotels and bars for weeks.
Alas, no more. A case of Live and Let Down? Never Say Never Again? Or my word is not my Bond any more?
But at least Lochgilphead will be spared visitations from baddies such as Mr Big, Rosa Klebb and the unforgettable Jaws.