Mind of Mr. Soames, The

Date: 1970
Director: Alan Cooke
Production Company: Amicus Productions

Stars: Terence Stamp, Nigel Davenport,Robert Vaughn, Christian Roberts, Donal Donnelly
Location(s): Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey

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Storyline:

A man in a coma since birth is revived after treatment in a clinic.

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Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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A Rover is waved through the gates of the Midland Institute of Neurophysiological Research. Pyrford Court, Pyrford a few miles east of Woking in Surrey.

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The car continues through the snow bringing Dr. Bergen to the institute’s main building. Pyreford Court is also seen in 'The Omen', 'Tales from the Crypt' and 'The Cat and the Canary'.

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The Doctor has flown in from the States to carry out an operation aimed to wake John Soames from the coma that he has been in since birth. The Grade II listed Pyrford Court.

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Television presenter Thomas Fleming (Christian Roberts) drives through the gates of the institute with his assistant Naomi. Gate Lodge at the entrance to Pyrford Court on Pyrford Common Road.

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The popular personality heads towards the building where he will introduce ‘Probe’, a programme that will follow the recovery and education of Mr. Soames. The Bothy at Pyrford Court.

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Following a successful procedure, John Soames looks through the window of his prison like room. Looking out into the grounds of Pyrford Court.

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When he finds John missing from his room one evening, Joe Allan (Donal Donnelly) goes into the grounds of the institute to search for him. Pyrford Court on Pyrford Common Road, Pyrford in Surrey.

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With the enquiring mind of a child, John Soames (Terence Stamp) explores the gardens and discovers an ornamental pool.

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Dr. Bergen (Robert Vaughn) tells Joe that it was he who let John out of his room. Pyrford Court in Surrey.

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When the alarm is raised an angry Dr. Maitland (Nigel Davenport) strides towards Dr. Bergen. Facing Pyrford Court from the grounds.

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Having escaped from the institute, John Soames wakes up near a river. This is looking towards the the footbridge over Cuckoo Weir, a short backwater that flows beneath under Queen Elizabeth Bridge to the north of Clewer, Windsor in Berkshire.

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John makes his way from the riverside. The steps in the background lead up to under Queen Elizabeth Bridge from Meadow Lane which runs from Eton alongside Cuckoo Weir.

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On the bridge, John is confronted by a busy main road. Queen Elizabeth Bridge on the A332 Royal Windsor Way with the railway viaduct carrying the Slough to Windsor line and the tower of St. John's church, Eton in the distance.

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John spots a red car similar to one that he played with at the institute. The Main Road curving away in the background is the A332 Royal Windsor Way with the A355 passing beneath.

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Seeing John at the side of the road, a Man (Joe Gladwin) stops to offer a lift. The A332 Royal Windsor Way with Eton College Sanatorium across the road.

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John is dropped off close to a factory . . . . which he finds fascinating. Di Davies recognises this as the gasworks, Uxbridge Road, Slough in Berkshire, also seen in 'Say Hello to Yesterday' captures 11 and 12. (RL)

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The Man drives away as John Soames leaves the factory and walks into town. The bridge taking Uxbridge Road over the Grand Union Canal in Slough, and continuity is good here . . . see previous capture 17. (RL)

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Feeling hungry, John enters a pub where he takes a sandwich before being ordered out for not paying. This is outside The Greyhound public house on London Road in Staines, which was demolished in the 1980s and replaced by offices.

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Boys play football during a games lesson at a nearby school.

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Through the school’s railings, John spots the boys playing with the ball. The building in the centre background is a railway signalbox.

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Entering the school yard, John joins in with the youngsters before pushing one of them over.

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The Schoolteacher (Tony Caunter) tells John to leave the premises.

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As evening draws in, John becomes colder while wandering aimlessly along suburban roads before he notices a parked car ahead.

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The car’s Owner comes out of the house shouting when he sees John steal a coat from his Fiat.

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Deliveries take place on the morning after John is taken home by Richard Bannerman and his wife after being run down on a narrow lane.

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Inside the house, John is tended to by Jenny Bannerman before her husband sets off to work.

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Whilst at work, Richard sees a newspaper headline and alerts the police to John’s whereabouts.

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A police car arrives outside the Bannerman’s house prompting John to escape through the back garden.

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John makes his way to the film’s Tilfield East railway station. Bourne End station in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire.

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Finding money in the coat pocket, John buys a ticket to London. Looking into the booking hall of Bourne End station.

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Feeling quite pleased with himself, John boards the waiting train. Bourne End station on the route between Maidenhead and Marlow in Buckinghamshire.

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Too late, police arrive at the station. Outside Bourne End station on Station Road, Bourne End.

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Fleeing from his pursuers, John heads towards a farmhouse where he hides in a barn.

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Thomas Fleming runs from the police station after learning that officers are searching the area around Tilfield. The Police Station on London Road at the corner of Kingston Road, Staines.

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Fleming tells Naomi (Vickery Turner) to contact the office and get them to send a camera crew. Looking eastward along London Road in Staines, Surrey.