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|Platform 9 3/4 Best London Movie Moment|
- Harry Potter's train stop and a speedboat chase on the Thames outweigh the smorgasbord of London's film repertoire
IN A POLL to mark the start of the 48th London Film Festival, London's top movie moment is not a royal one, but a speedboat chase in The World is Not Enough.
The chase scene, with Pierce Brosnan zooming down the Thames in a Bond-style speedboat, was voted top by one in five voters, from a poll taken by the London Underground.
Runners up in the poll include Bridget Jones' snog in the snow, with scantily clad Renee Zellweger fumbling after Colin Firth in the middle of a snowstorm, and Mary Poppins feeding the birds.
The idea for the poll came about because of the frequent movie-related questions asked of Underground staff by passengers.
A poll of fictional London places, however, took the biggest margin in votes. One in three polled overwhelmingly nominated Platform 9 3/4 -- the
fictional train platform in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series -- with the fake Notting Hill bookshop owned by Hugh Grant cornering 9.5% of the votes.
"London Film Festival is one of the highlights of the year for movie lovers in the capital, " said London Underground spokesperson Elizabeth Norris. "We hope that the results from our poll will encourage people to make the most of their city and explore all the world famous movie icons the capital has on offer."