LONDON — In one week, London hosted premieres for films based on two of the U.K.’s most potent legends — one from Dark Ages lore and the other from a 1960’s Brit kid TV marionettes show.
First up July 15 was the Euro preem of Jerry Bruckheimer‘s “King Arthur” at Leicester Square’s Empire Theater, followed by a period feast at the historic Guild Hill.
“Thunderbirds” preemed at the Empire three days later, followed by a rollicking kid’s party at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Even though “Thunderbirds” creator Gerry Anderson wasn’t present and has publicly repudiated the movie (getting called “a pain in the arse” by Working Title in the process), WT topper Tim Bevan took the moral high ground by thanking Anderson and his ex-wife Sylvia for creating “Thunderbirds” in the first place.
Party afterwards was a lavish blowout. The mockup of Lady Penelope’s mansion was full of girly things to do including manicures, face painting and a fountain of pink chocolate.
Also keeping the tots rocking was an action-packed recreation of the pic’s Tracey Island, complete with a climbing wall and myriad games.