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Concept drawing and construction of the Eiffel Tower. Many Parisians, artists mostly, considered it an atrocity, but took solace in the promise that it was to be dismantled after twenty years, in 1909. By then however, the Tower had become too commercially valuable to be torn down.

The first time I became aware of the Eiffel Tower was when A VIEW TO A KILL came out. I thought Roger Moore and Grace Jones were really brave, chasing each other through those narrow pathways so high up. I’ve visited the Tower myself many times after that, but never went all the way to the top: I have a habit of admiring things from the ground, or at least from a safe distance.