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