007 Number Plate Fan Snaps Up Personalised Plates
A MINISTER obsessed by James Bond and motors had his prayers answered after snapping up 007 plates.
Lyall Rennie, 67, was delighted to stumble across the spy legend’s number and word ‘rev’ as he trawled the DVLA’s database.
So the Kirk cleric splurged £700 for his Audi reg and £400 on his Honda’s.
Rev Rennie said: “The salesman was a Bond fan as well. He suggested a personalised number plate and we looked on the DVLA site.
“The 007 jumped out. I thought it was going to cost a fortune but it was very reasonable.”
The churchman, who covers the area around Dunnet, Caithness had been a fan of the Licence to Kill agent since Sean Connery’s debut in Dr No in 1962.
He has all 24 Bond movies on DVD at home with 2012 blockbuster Skyfall being his favourite.
And he’s delighted Daniel Craig has announced he’ll star as the spy in another flick.
He said: “Craig is my favourite Bond — after that it’s Sean. It’s great Daniel is doing another one. It’s the news everyone has been waiting for.”
The former oil exec — ordained in 2014 — also sees himself as an all-action character with a string of daredevil charity fundraisers.
He completed a zipslide across the River Wick, abseiled down historic Dunrobin Castle in Sutherland and was plucked from the North Sea by helicopter.
He dreams of abseiling down the Forth Bridge.
Wife Isabel, 65, said: “When he was doing the zipslide he had the number 07. Someone stuck another 0 on it.
“It was appropriate — he thinks he’s James Bond.”
The couple, who have a grown-up son and daughter, have had a succession of sports cars but never Bond’s iconic Aston Martin.
The reverend was snapped last month with Prince Charles when he was on holiday at the Castle of Mey, the former home of his gran, the late Queen Mother.
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More Britons are personalizing their car number plates than ever before, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). In the past year, the Treasury made a record total of £102 million — £15 million more than 2014-2015 from an estimated 335,000 registration plates purchased by drivers in the U.K.
The DVLA started selling personalised number plates in 1990, with just 77,745 purchased between 1995-96 — four times less than today. At present, the DVLA boasts 47 million plates on offer to drivers across the country, which can be bought online or at auctions.
The DVLA says almost 335,000 registrations were sold in the last year – more than four times the figure in the mid-Nineties.
A spokesman for the AA welcomed the news, saying: “It puts a smile on people’s faces and raises money for the exchequer – what’s there to complain about?
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