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Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Anson Boon film Sex Pistols drama outside Buckingham Palace

Thomas Brodie-Sangster looked worlds away from his days as a child star as he and Anson Boon resumed filming for the forthcoming punk biopic Pistol.

The two actors were seen in the back seat of a Rolls Royce outside Buckingham Palace, where the Sex Pistols held a much-publicised ceremony to unveil the signing of their deal with A&M Records, which was terminated just a week later.

Thomas is set to play the role of the Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren in a film which is set to depict the iconic 70s band’s incredible rise to stardom, with ANson taking on the role of the band’s frontman Johnny Rotten.

Blast from the past! Thomas Brodie-Sangster looked worlds away from his days as a child star as he and Anson Boon resumed filming for the forthcoming punk biopic Pistol

Iconic: The legendary punk band held a much-publicised ceremony outside the Palace in 1977 to mark the signing of their deal with A&M Records (Malcolm is pictured far right)

Iconic: The legendary punk band held a much-publicised ceremony outside the Palace in 1977 to mark the signing of their deal with A&M Records (Malcolm is pictured far right)

Jumping behind the wheel of the classic car, Thomas and Anson could be seen filming the moment the Sex Pistols pulled up to the Palace to sign the historic deal.

The pair certainly got into character as Anson, who plays the rebellious hitmaker Johnny Rotten, flashed a V sign to onlookers who had gathered to watch the scenes being filmed.

Thomas, who rose to fame as a youngster in the 2003 film Love Actually, could be seen documenting the watching crowds on his phone, before exiting the car the film the iconic signing at the Palace gates. 

He's grown! The actor was seen filming for the Danny Boyle drama as the controversial band's manager Malcolm McLaren

Worlds away: Thomas rose to fame as a youngster in the 2003 film Love Actually

He’s grown! The actor, who rose to fame as a youngster in the 2003 film Love Actually (right), was seen filming for the Danny Boyle drama as the controversial band’s manager Malcolm McLaren

That's a bit naughty! Elsewhere Anson, who plays the Pistols' frontman Johnny Rotten, flashed a V sign those who had gathered outside the Palace to watch the scenes being filmed

That’s a bit naughty! Elsewhere Anson, who plays the Pistols’ frontman Johnny Rotten, flashed a V sign those who had gathered outside the Palace to watch the scenes being filmed

Rogues: The group climbed into a vintage car to be taken to the front of the Palace, where the band had a famous ceremony signing their short-lived deal after being dropped by their previous label EMI

Rogues: The group climbed into a vintage car to be taken to the front of the Palace, where the band had a famous ceremony signing their short-lived deal after being dropped by their previous label EMI

Spitting image: Louis Patridge, 17, transformed into the tragic Sid Vicious as he joined his co-stars outside the Palace for filming

Legend: The hitmaker, who died in 1979 at the age of just 21, was known for his signature leather jacket and spiky haircut

Spitting image: Louis Patridge, 17, transformed into the tragic Sid Vicious (right) with his signature leather studded jacket and spiky haircut as he joined his co-stars outside the Palace for filming

Comfy? One of the band certainly appeared to be enjoying the luxuries of the Rolls Royce, as their feet could be seen hanging out of the window as they reclined across the back seat

Comfy? One of the band certainly appeared to be enjoying the luxuries of the Rolls Royce, as their feet could be seen hanging out of the window as they reclined across the back seat

Good spirits: In between scenes, the young actors could be seen messing around outside the car

Back to work: They had been seen driving into the capital to resume work on the music biopic

Good spirits: In between scenes, the young actors could be seen messing around outside the car after heading into the capital to resume work on the music biopic

Donning the band’s famous leather jackets and spiky haircuts, Anson and his co-stars could be seen reclining across the rear of the car before goofing around together between scenes.

On March 10, 1977 The Sex Pistols – consisting of John Lydon, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious – famously signed a deal with A&M at the famous London landmark, after being dropped by their previous label EMI due to their controversial music which caused outrage among the mainstream.

While the group had actually signed their deal a day earlier, they put on a show for photographers by posing outside Buckingham Palace with their contract, the location an apt choice given their second single God Save The Queen was set to be a scathing attack on the monarchy.

That didn't last long! In 1977 The Sex Pistols - consisting of John Lydon, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious - famously signed a deal with A&M, which was terminated after they caused chaos at the label's afterparty

That didn’t last long! In 1977 The Sex Pistols – consisting of John Lydon, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious – famously signed a deal with A&M, which was terminated after they caused chaos at the label’s afterparty

Shocking: The termination came just as the band were due to release their second single God Save The Queen, a scathing attack on the UK monarchy

Shocking: The termination came just as the band were due to release their second single God Save The Queen, a scathing attack on the UK monarchy

You following us? The car was followed by members of the Royal cavalry putting on their usual display outside the Palace for those watching on

You following us? The car was followed by members of the Royal cavalry putting on their usual display outside the Palace for those watching on

Dramatic: At the A&M afterparty, Sid (pictured being played by Louis in the biopic) cut himself while smashing up a bathroom

Nasty: He then left a trail of blood strewn across the label's London offices

Dramatic: At the A&M afterparty, Sid (pictured being played by Louis in the biopic) cut himself while smashing up a bathroom, and left a trail of blood around the label’s London offices

At last! It took weeks of shopping around by manager Malcolm, before a then little-known mogul Richard Branson decided to sign the band with Virgin Records in May 1977

At last! It took weeks of shopping around by manager Malcolm, before a then little-known mogul Richard Branson decided to sign the band with Virgin Records in May 1977

However their new deal proved to be short-lived, as the band caused utter chaos at their signing after-party in A&M’S London offices, with Sid cutting himself after smashing up a bathroom, leaving a trail of blood around the offices.

Johnny Rotten was seen shouting obscenities at anyone who was passing by, and Steve was allegedly caught having sex with a fan in a toilet.

The behaviour quickly caused A&M to sever ties with The Sex Pistols, destroying 25,000 copies of God Save THe Queen that had already been pressed, and the group were allowed to keep their £75,000 advance.

Legend: Thomas sported Malcolm's famous copper curls as he got into character to play the Pistols' manager

Iconic: Malcolm was famously accused of mismanaging the band despite helping them find fame

Legend: Thomas sported Malcolm’s famous copper curls as he got into character to play the Pistols’ manager, who despite helping the band find fame, was accusing of mismanaging them

Coming soon: The Danny Boyle directed Pistols is based on the legendary punk band - consisting of John Lydon, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious - and their rise to fame in the 1970s

Coming soon: The Danny Boyle directed Pistols is based on the legendary punk band – consisting of John Lydon, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious – and their rise to fame in the 1970s

Jovial: Danny himself, an Oscar winner for his work on the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire was also seen arriving on set to helm the scenes

Jovial: Danny himself, an Oscar winner for his work on the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire was also seen arriving on set to helm the scenes

Character: Toby Wallace (left in character), plays the Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones

The real rocker: The miniseries is set to be based on Jones' 2018 memoir (pictured in 1978)

Character: Toby Wallace (left in character), plays the Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones (pictured right in 1978) with the series based on his  2018 memoir

It took weeks of shopping around by manager Malcolm, before a then little-known mogul Richard Branson decided to sign the band with Virgin Records in May 1977, and released God Save The Queen, and the band’s only album Never Mind the B******s, Here’s the Sex Pistols.

The Danny Boyle directed Pistols is based on the legendary punk band – consisting of John Lydon, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious – and their rise to fame in the 1970s.

Louis Partridge will portray bassist Sid Vicious, Jacob Jacob Slater will star as drummer Paul, Christian has stepped into the role of the band’s first bass guitarist Glen and Toby will play guitarist Steve. 

At the time, the country was rocked by widespread strikes which saw rubbish go uncollected in central London during a notorious winter of discontent.

The man behind the band: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (pictured) is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

Real-life counterpart: Malcolm pictured in 1978

The man behind the band: Thomas (L) is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (pictured right in 1978)

Role: Jacob is pictured as drummer Paul Cook

The real rocker: Paul Cook pictured in 1978

Role: Jacob, left in character, and drummer Paul Cook, pictured right  in 1978

Starring role: The supporting cast also includes Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams as punk icon Jordan

Famous: Jordan pictured in 1977

Starring role: The supporting cast also includes Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams (L) as punk icon Jordan (R in 1977)

Exciting: Iris Law will follow in her father Jude's acting footsteps by making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman in Danny's Pistols drama

Iconic look: Soo Lucas, who dubbed herself Soo Catwoman, is known for her trademark haircut which she created in 1976 to look like she had cat ears

Exciting: Iris Law (L) will follow in her father Jude’s acting footsteps by making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman (R) in the Sex Pistols drama

The six-episode series began principal photography in March, with Danny Boyle serving as director and executive producer.

Based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the supporting cast also includes Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde and Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen.

Anchored by Steve’s memoir, which offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories, Pistol moves from West London’s council estates, to Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Pistols album Never Mind the B******s.

Their single God Save the Queen was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot.

Danny has had an acclaimed TV and movie career, with his 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire being nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won eight, including the Academy Award for Best Director. 

In 2012, the filmmaker was the artistic director for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was subsequently offered a knighthood as part of the New Year Honours but declined.

In January, Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment, said in a statement: ‘It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series.’ 

‘Steve Jones was at the centre of the storm that shook the rock establishment and we’re thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music’s most notorious bands – the Sex Pistols.’

‘Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent,’ added Danny. ‘This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever.’

‘It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them.’

‘The Sex Pistols. At its centre was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.’

Pistols will be released on FX and Hulu in 2022.

Portrayal: A first look image for the TV series, which is based on the memoir of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, was revealed following the casting announcement

Portrayal: A first look image for the TV series, which is based on the memoir of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, was revealed following the casting announcement

The tragic tale of Sex Pistols rocker Sid Vicious  

He could not play a note but he was as foul-mouthed and audacious as singer Johnny Rotten – John Lydon, now of I’m A Celebrity… fame – often stripping down to his underpants to reveal a skinny torso scarred by self-inflicted knife wounds.

As well as his punk rocker persona – he will be forever remembered for his turbulent romance with girlfriend Nancy Spungen.   

Nancy reportedly bought drugs to meet musicians and became a heroin addict, funding her habit at one time by working as a prostitute.

Later, she moved to England ‘specifically to get a Sex Pistol for a boyfriend’, recalled a friend. Other contemporaries she came to the UK to chase after Heartbreakers Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan, who had left New York.

Sid Vicious, born John Ritchie, was a fixture of the King’s Road punk scene who had been brought in earlier that year to replace original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock. 

The couple moved in together in London and Nancy reportedly introduced her boyfriend to heroin. She joined the Sex Pistols on their US tour the following year.  

The band collapsed at the end of the tour and Sid returned to London with Nancy to attempt a solo career.  

By the end of August 1978, they returned to New York to start a new life, but overdoses were taking their toll and they were still dependent on drugs.

They moved into the Chelsea Hotel, which had once been a Mecca for writers and artists – Dylan Thomas, Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan had all once lived there – but by the late 1970s, was little more than a sprawling drugs den populated by users.

On October 12, 1978, Nancy was found dead in the bathroom of Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel, a trail of blood leading to the bed she shared with Vicious, who had bought a hunting knife a few days earlier.

Witnesses who were at a party in their room the evening before say Vicious was out for the count, thanks to a heavy dose of barbiturates.   

Some theories say she could have been killed by a visitor in a squabble over drugs or money.

It was Vicious himself who phoned police to say he had found her dead body, and an hour later, in a holding cell at the Third Homicide Division, Vicious famously confessed: ‘I did it because I’m a dirty dog.’

The police, it seemed, had their man. But Vicious was later to retract his confession, claiming he could not recall anything about the night Nancy had died.

Nevertheless he was remanded in custody, but his manager, the colourful Malcolm McLaren, hired a top New York lawyer called James Merberg to win him bail.

Within days, Vicious was free on a $50,000 licence which had been put up by his record label boss, Richard Branson.

A little more than a month later, however, Sid was back inside the maximum security Riker’s Island jail after glassing a man in a fight in a New York club. He spent nearly two months behind bars in the prison’s detox wing before he was again released on bail.

By then, Vicious had a new girlfriend, a would-be actress called Michelle Robson. On the day of his release – February 1, 1979 – Vicious, his mother Anne Beverley and a few friends went back to Robson’s apartment for a celebration meal.

After eating spaghetti bolognese, Vicious asked his mother – herself a hopeless addict – to find him some drugs.  

Unknown to Vicious, this batch of heroin was more than 95 per cent pure and nearly three times stronger than most of the heroin sold on the streets of New York. After taking it, Sid collapsed.

He was revived by his girlfriend and mother, but they decided not to call an ambulance because they feared he would be thrown back in jail for breaking his bail conditions. It was to prove a fatal mistake.

Later that night, alone in the bedroom, he injected more of the powerful heroin. The following morning, he was found dead.

Whether or not Vicious killed Nancy is unlikely to ever be resolved with any certainty, but in her memoir, Deborah Spungen suggests her daughter’s boyfriend wasn’t to blame. 

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