GB / US 2006 1hr 33mins Dir: Geoffrey Sax Starring: Alex Pettyfer and Sophie Okonedo
A 14-year-old schoolboy is recruited as a spy
This action adventure movie is based on Anthony Horowitz’s 2000 novel of the same name, the first novel in the Alex Rider series. In the US, the film was initially promoted as Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (then Alex Rider: Strombreaker) and was intended to be the first of a series of Alex Rider films, but no further films were made due to poor box office returns. The film contains aerial shots of London in the opening credits, and we get a glimpse of London Bridge station and Grosvenor Bridge, with a Class 465 ‘Networker’ EMU crossing on the latter. In addition to this, a number of other Class 465 sets are seen near the beginning, crossing viaduct arches in the Wandsworth Road area. There is a quite lengthy sequence filmed on the concourse of London Liverpool Street station where government agents access their headquarters via a photo booth, and if you look really hard, a Class 90 electric loco just creeps into the background of one shot. Finally, towards the end of the film there is a scene that takes place within the Making of the Modern World Gallery of the Science Museum in London, and No.1 Rocket can be seen along with Grand Junction Railway 2-2-2 No.1868.