Award-winning Highland Copiers is allowed to thrill 007 Bond parody video
Daniel Craig may have put his Walther PPK away and surrendered his license to kill, but a Highland businessman has vowed to take on the role of the world’s least secret special agent in a tongue-in-cheek tribute to James Bond .
Highland Copiers chief executive Mike Rae dons the tuxedo in what has become a year-end tradition for the independent office equipment company.
After two warmly received Christmas videos where Mike and duty manager Chris Rae recreated two of the classic comedy duo Morecambe and Wise’s most beloved sketches – the choreographed breakfast sketch on the jazz standard The Stripper and The Stripper version from the duo of Singing in the Rain – the Highland Copiers The team gave in to public demand and came up with a theme for this year’s Christmas video.
“I think they must have confused us with John Lewis, but we were surprised how many people were asking about our Christmas ad,” Mike said with a laugh.
“With Covid it was morally and ethically correct to let go of last year and we didn’t realize we had created something that was going to be an annual event. We made one, and thought we would. another and leave it at that, but with the year we just had, we thought we were going to do it again.
“It also comes down to how great it is to work at Highland Copiers. We’re very professional and get the job done, but make sure the team has a bit of a laugh along the way. “
To deviate from the Morecambe and Wise-themed videos, Mike and the team opted for a 007 theme, especially since Highland Copiers has its own connection to Daniel Craig’s long-delayed final film.
“I’m a huge James Bond fan anyway, but Highland Copiers actually hired the production crew’s copiers when the new Bond film was filming at Aviemore,” Mike revealed.
“We were delighted to have been chosen by the production company to be their print supplier when they were filming in Scotland so there were a few connections, but we were also thinking about what we can do that is just a little fun. .
“It was a little different theme, but still with that Morecambe and Wise-esque pulling the Mickey out of ourselves.”
The video, which was filmed by Ian Forsyth and Allan Crook of Dingwall-based DP Digital Media, has already garnered tens of thousands of views on social media and features plenty of ‘Easter Eggs’ for Bond fans, with appearances of villains. Scarmanga, Oddjob and Bond’s latest villain Lyutsifer Safin, and inevitably an Aston Martin with a registration number Goldfinger fans might recognize.
Mike, who appears in the film alongside his co-workers Chris Rae, Craig Taylor and Karen Robertson, says making the film was a lot of fun, but left him with just one problem: “We’re petrified because we can’t. not think about what to do for next year! “
The Bond-inspired video wasn’t Highland Copiers’ only contact with showbiz.
Mike also met comedian Tom Allen when he received the Service Team of the Year trophy at the Print.IT Reseller Awards held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London last month.
This is the second successful year that the Highland company has won an award in the UK at the event, which we hosted by trade magazine Print.IT Reseller, after winning the reseller’s award. year (up to £ 5million in revenue) last year, when Covid restrictions forced the event to be held online.
“It was a real disappointment not being able to attend the ceremony last year, but it was great to be there this time and to meet Tom Allen, who hosted last year’s awards, in person. although it was a bit surreal to be back in a crowded room, ”said Mike.
“It was a fantastic award from the magazine for the printing and computer industry.
“It’s proof of having such a good team at Highland Copiers. I’m just the person who brings them together, but they’re the ones who do all the hard work. It is a pleasure to work with them every day. It’s a huge testament to their hard work, especially in these difficult times. Having been awarded twice shows how high the bar has been. It’s great that our industry has recognized the geographic challenges we have in the Highlands and it’s not just about big deals, but good, honest customer service. “
The judges said, “The participant clearly demonstrated their commitment to excellence and customer service. The supporting documents showed the company’s ethics and dedication to providing first-class service. Their response to the pandemic has been exemplary, with clients not locked into minimum volume or small print Staff were trained to provide remote assistance and provided excellent examples of going above and beyond, especially with an example support for new clients outside of standard business hours. “