British thermoformer Thompson Plastics Group was unshaken but stirred by the prospect of taking part in the latest James Bond spy movie, Die Another Day.
A&G Moulding, the group's special projects division, agreed to take on a vital ``top secret'' assignment to create huge, simulated glacier blocks for an icy backdrop used in the 007 blockbuster.
Hull, England-based A&G was employed by the film's set-production company Eon Productions to manufacture 400 of the roughly 13-foot-by-61/2-foot sheet panels. The glycol-modified PET panels were fabricated into three different designs, according to Thompson.
Eon had considered alternative materials and processes for the panels, which are supposed to represent giant blocks of ice cut from a glacier.
A&G began development work in October 2001. The contract called for the panels' speedy manufacture before Christmas. Filming began early in 2002. Die Another Day, the 20th Bond film, is to premier Nov. 18 in London.
The ice-panel project was possible for Thompson only because the company is equipped with large thermoforming machines that can turn out panels as large as 14 feet by 10 feet.
``The tight timing and difficulty in producing and handling panels of this size suited our plastics engineering projects expertise,'' said Geoff Oliver, A&G director and general manager.
More typical products for Thompson include components for automotive, bus, leisure and signage sectors.