The River Thames outside DLD College London

From the Principal #124

2nd October 21

Phoebe Waller Bridge Bond is back! After a long wait, this week saw the royal premiere of the latest Bond movie, a global cinematic event on all accounts. ’No Time to Die’ is the 25th Bond, also the last outing for Daniel Craig as the globe-trotting British spy who has a licence to kill. In his 15 year career as Bond, he has broken the mould and is probably the best Bond ever. Bond has an enduring quality, and the six different actors who have portrayed the spy have all had their traits and attitudes, which reflected their time. Bond has had to change, and I think for the better. This new Bond views women through a more modern lens, making Bond more relevant and authentic. Super spies come and go, but I think Bond is now here to stay.

Our very own, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, a former student at DLD College London (2000-2003), was drafted in by Daniel Craig and the producers to co-write ‘No Time To Die’. This speaks volumes about her extraordinary talent and how Bond wants to, and needs to, reflect the current zeitgeist. Our students, like Phoebe, have every opportunity to succeed here, and we have seen that all this week as those numerous learning opportunities manifest themselves. With some 50 co-curricular activities taking place, there is something here for everyone. From football, basketball and netball to test the physical, Art Club and DLD Productions (TV and podcast) to get the creative juices flowing, to the Mathematical and Psychology Societies for the more cerebral. We want to continue developing our students into well-rounded, responsible global citizens who display our values of tolerance, respect, and kindness in everything that they do. Much like they did at last night’s record-breaking Open Evening event. Our students certainly did the college proud with infectious enthusiasm, respectful attitude and complete professionalism. It seems like the new Bond has already spent some time at DLD….

Best wishes,

Irfan H Latif, Principal