5 YEARS AGO... Bond joins Ni­cholas on Afghan mis­sion

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def­i­nitely boosted camp morale. It was a nice sur­prise for all of us.

“It was also great get­ting to watch the movie, which was ex­cel­lent.”

Ni­cholas grabbed his cam­era and was able to take a pho­to­graph of the Bri­tish ac­tor, whose trip to Hel­mand Prov­ince had been a closely guarded se­cret.

Dur­ing his mis­sion the star had a go at fir­ing some of the ma­chine guns that the UK forces use and had a ride in a mil­i­tary Fox­hound ve­hi­cle with War­rant Of­fi­cer Rob Ing­ham, who added: “We get quite a lot of vis­i­tors here but hav­ing James Bond was spe­cial.

“He seemed to be pretty com­fort­able in the driv­ing seat.”

Ni­cholas had joined the army the year be­fore and was set to spend Christ­mas on the front line in Afghanistan.

He said: “I am en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing in Afghan, al­though at times it can be chal­leng­ing but very re­ward­ing.”

Ni­cholas had an army of fam­ily and friends at home who were look­ing for­ward to his re­turn.

His sis­ter An­to­nia Hayes, who lived in Dum­bar­ton, said: “We are all very proud of my brother.

“It’s hard not hav­ing him here, es­pe­cially over the com­ing fes­tive pe­riod, as we miss him very much.

“He is very brave and we can’t wait to have him home.”

Far from home Ni­cholas Hayes was due to spend Christ­mas in Afghanistan

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