With Argo sweeping the movie boards and set to take home even more this year, it’s a pretty fine time to have your product in the movie.
The bag used by his character CIA Agent Tony Mendez, a holdall costing £225 from a small Lake District firm, The Sporting Lodge, appears in many a scene as Mendez is situated in Tehran to rescue a group of diplomats.
Affleck is said to have liked the bag so much that he took the two used in filming home with him.
The Westmorland bag was created especially for the film by the company after a request was received for a shoulder bag to be used by Affleck’s character.
Sporting Lodge director Lindsay MacFarlaine, whose father George founded the business in 1952, said, “Hollywood had called” 18 months ago.
She said, “We were asked to make a bag which could be used in screen tests, and had just two weeks to turn it around and send it out there. The brief was to create something really hardwearing for a CIA agent, and we wanted to introduce a bit of colour. It was made by hand from triple-layered waterproof canvas, with a bridle leather trim. Until six months ago we had no idea they had decided to go with it and that it had been used quite extensively in the film.”
Just 13 copies of the bag were made, with Sporting Lodge keeping two, and two being used in the film. The rest, with no surprise, have sold out.
MacFarlaine said, “We called it The Westmorland because we thought why not promote this part of the world?”