Big Ben in films and popular culture
1. Peter Pan, Walt Disney 1953
Flying High: a still from Walt Disney's 1953 animated Peter Pan
In this animated film adaptation of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, The Boy Who Never Grew Up, Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael Darling stop on the hands of Big Ben to get their bearings in order to find Never Land. Also, at the end, a small replica of Big Ben is seen in the Darling household.
2. Thunderball, 1965
Thunderball is the fourth film in the 007 James Bond series, starringSean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent. The evil eye-patched head of Spectre reveals that he is in possession of two Nato bombs, and demands a ransom from the British government of £100 million, otherwise he will destroy an unspecified city. To signal their co-operation, Big Ben was to chime seven times at 6pm the following day.
3. HP Brown Sauce Orginal, 1903-present
Photo:Ian Nicholson, Copyright: PA
If you didn’t know, HP stands for Houses of Parliament, as it was rumoured the sauce was used in a restaurant there. Launched in 1903, the bottle has always featured Big Ben on its label. It would take 6,189 bottles of HP stacked on top of each other to equal the height of the tower!
4. A London Symphony, Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1912-13
Chiming: Big Ben's Bells (pictured) Copyright: PA, Photographer: SERGIO DIONISIO
With the chimes of Big Ben rising through the opening bars of Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony, it speaks of a city still recognisable today. Written on the eve of the Great War, the symphony seems to reflect a passing imperial world.
5. Ben, Sarah Morris 2012
To coincide with the 2012 Paralympics, designers were briefed to "celebrate the games coming to London and to look at the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games." Sarah Morris won with her bold, colourful abstract geometric take on Big Ben, shown at Gloucester Rd station.
6. Marry Poooins, Walt Disney 1964
In Disney’s musical adaptation of PL Travers’s Mary Poppins, the magical governess floats past Big Ben, clutching her umbrella. It also appears in the opening credits, in a twilight view of London’s skyline.…