Creative forces at a Jamestown family business are no mugs – as one of their most popular designs features in the brand new James Bond film.
No Time To Die is set for its hotly-anticipated big screen debut this week, almost two years after its original release date.
But, as well as die-hard 007 fans, workers at Mclaggan Mugs will be desperate to finally see the 25th instalment in the series by Eon Productions which is also Daniel Craig’s last appearance as the spy.
Fans spotted the mug in promotional images back in 2019 on the desk of Bond’s right-hand man, played by Ben Whishaw, and the staff at Mclaggan have been desperate for its appearance on the big screen since.
Marketing manager, Stuart Williams said: “Q has great taste. The mug has been one of our bestsellers since it was introduced. Eagle-eyed Bond fans spotted our mug in promotional photos for the film back in 2019 and we’ve been eagerly-awaiting for the film’s release ever since.”
Mclaggan manufacture bone china mugs and other ceramics at their factory in Jamestown and first launched the mug in 1990.
Over 30 years later, it is appearing in an iconic movie which has delighted the company.
Stuart went on: “Bond and Scotland have a long history.
“As a Scottish manufacturer, we’re delighted our mug can be seen in such a fitting and iconic franchise. We’re no stranger to the screen, with our mugs popping up on some well-known programmes over the years, including Celebrity Big Brother, Lorraine and Gogglebox.”
The family firm was established in 1974 by Wally Mclaggan Smith in his garage in Helensburgh. A year later they moved seven miles to Jamestown and, after several extensions to the building over the years, the company still operates from this factory today.
Each mug is printed and decorated in the UK by hardworking, skilled and experienced staff.
Wally is now semi-retired and the firm is owned and managed by wife Camille and their daughter Polly. Polly’s daughter Maisie joined the company in 2016 and works with them around her university studies.
The mug which features in the Daniel Craig blockbuster is a full-colour wraparound print of the periodic table of elements.
It is one of the most popular mugs in their range however they also work with fashion designer Orla Kiely and legendary Sir Quentin Blake who has illustrated Roald Dahl novels and more recently books by David Walliams.
All of the designs which they produce are screen printed and hand applied onto bone china mugs.
The decorated mugs are then fired for a second time in kilns before being dispatched all over the world, including as far afield as Australia, Japan and the Falkland Islands.