The Last of the Forbes Toy Soldiers

TALIM Battle of the Three Kings 3On James Bond's 50th birthday (the movies, that is), a bit of trivia for readers who thrive on location details.  In the 1987 The Living Daylights (with Bond played by Timothy Dalton), scenes with baddie "Brad Whitaker" were filmed in the then Malcolm Forbes Museum in Tangier.

Forbes' massive (in excess of 110,000) collection of toy soldiers, illustrating most of the major battles of world history, was featured, and with a typical Bondian quip, Whitaker was said to have "met his Waterloo."

Today the only remnants of the Forbes collection in Morocco are found chez nous, at TALIM's museum in Tangier's medina.  Below, the battles of the Three Kings and Songhai (photos from Enchantment: Pictures From the Tangier American Legation Museum).

Bond fans are welcome!


Gerald Loftus

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