MI6 Search Barley’s Flat
MI6 searching for clues to Barley's whereabouts
Not sure where this location is.
A Lisbon bank account my dears . . we’ve got him”
Sunday, 31 March 2013
Barley drinking and playing chess with a friend ( named “Gravy” in the book) in a small bar before being summoned to the British Embassy by Merridew
I was in Lisbon a few years ago and tried, without success, to find the location of this scene - although I did come close. It was obviously in the vicinity of Santa Egracia – the National Pantheon as this can be seen in the distance when the camera pans round to face Merridew.
I originally identified the exact location by using the birds eye view on Multimap (now part of Bing maps), and subsequently confirmed it using Google Streetview once that became available. It does appear as though the bar was no longer there when the street view shots were taken. By coincidence, opposite the café-bar there is what appears to be a Russian Orthodox church.
“Loosen your girdle Merridew, have a drink with the unwashed”
Barley taken to a Lisbon safe house to be interrogated by British Intelligence
Palacio dos Condes Do Vimosio, Rua Ivens
Barley taken by car to the interrogation - car pulls up outside Palacio Dos Condes Vimosio on Rua Ivens.
Ned greets barley in the foyer of this building. A bas-relief logo on the wall can be seen which matches the same pattern of a plaque on the outside of the building next to the entrance.
“So, where are we all off to? Nicuragua, Chile, Iran, or are just assassinating a local nuisance?”
Barley enters the room where the interrogation takes place – he meets Clive, Ned, Walter and Bob (CIA). The room where the interrogation scene takes place is clearly in this building; the view from the room, which can be seen as barley fills a glass of whiskey, looks down on the Baixo Chiado near the Praco de Commercial.
Again this was another location which i did not properly identify until after I returned from Lisbon, but I had took a photo of the building looking up from the Baixo Chiado area.
“Hello, my name’s Ned, and I’m about to move the goal posts”
“So, where are we all off to? Nicuragua, Chile, Iran, or are just assassinating a local