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Top 10 Bodyguard Movies of All Time

Presenting my very biased list for Top 10 Bodyguard Movies of all time. This is an unscientific study with the only criteria being that they get a lot of play in my DVD.

1. Star Wars (Obi-Wan was Luke’s bodyguard!)
2. Man on Fire
3. Yojimbo
4. The Bodyguard (yeah it’s Cliché, but it’s a good movie)
5. Way of the Gun
6. Shogun Assassin7. Churhill’s Bodyguard
8. Heat (Not even sure if there are any BG’s in it, but it still makes list)
9. Ronin
10. In the Line of Fire

Did I miss anything?

Protester Glues Himself to Head of State

Dan Glass was at 10 Downing Street to receive a charity’s award for his work on transportation issues when he staged the unusual protest.

Just before Prime Minister Gordon Brown presented him with the award, Glass squirted superglue in the palm of his left hand. He shook Brown’s right hand and then grabbed the prime minister’s sleeve.

“I’ve just superglued myself to your arm,” Glass said he told Brown. “Don’t panic. This is a non-violent protest.”

The report said no charges were filed, but you can bet this guy is under close surveillance. Click on the text for the full article.

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W Magazine Covers Bodyguards

Fashion Magazine W presents the Users Guide To Tastefully Getting Around Town With Your Bodyguard. A slightly skewered look at Celebrities and their security staff. For example:

#2: Emulate Government Types.

#4: Start of in a suit.

(P.s., I should probably mention that I contributed to the good *parts* of this article…).

Australian Bodyguard Profiled

“He walked side by side with seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong during some of the most tense and risky moments of the American’s cycling career. But the worst fate Serge Borlee was charged with protecting Armstrong from was not losing the Tour – it was losing his life. “Some people wanted to hit him. Some people want to kill him. We really had a lot of problems and that is why he needed a person close to him,” Borlee, Armstrong’s former bodyguard, says.”

An interesting profile on Serge Borlee, former bodyguard of Lance Armstrong. I’ve worked with several sports figures in my career, but never a cyclist. While I have never met Mr. Borlee, I give him a lot of respect for keeping up with clients who always get to ride while you run!

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An Open Letter to My Staff

Elijah Shaw & Staff protecting 50 Cent

One on the cool things about writing a Blog is that the author’s ideas and thoughts (potentially) reach around the world. For some, sitting in front of a computer and producing content for the subscribers (and casual views) of a Blog is easy, for me it’s a lot of work.

Between working assignments, managing an agency, consulting clients and, oh yeah, trying to have some semblance of a personal life, I barely have time to breathe (much less sleep). But one thing I do want to acknowledge is that the successes I’ve had in the industry over the years has not been a solo one– I have a great team behind me that both supports and motivates me to keep all of the plates spinning.

A lot of gears are in motion to make our little operation a profitable and enjoyable one, and of personal satisfaction to me is I’ve watched people come into the company very green and turn into experts in their fields.

So getting back to the point, I’d like to issue a special thank you to my management staff

Andrea Ffrench – Assistant to the President

Charles Jennings – Operations Manager

Justin Johnson – Assistant Operations Manager (welcome aboard!)

Luvar Ivy – RNSD Manager

These guys, along with support staff Charlie and Tamra, help keep ICON afloat so we can provide the best possible service to our clients. (And also so I can squeak out a Blog post or two every so often).

It’s been an adventure, with no end in sight!

Elijah Shaw
CEO
Icon Services Corporation

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Icon CEO, Elijah Shaw Featured in St. Paul Pioneer Press

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The St. Paul Pioneer Press recently conducted a profile piece on me in their Business Section entitled The Other Corporate Securities. The focus of the story was to illustrate the complexities (and hurdles) of operating in both the Celebrity Bodyguard and Corporate Protection markets:

“Elijah Shaw has been preparing for the Republican National Convention for about a year. The big event is a vehicle for connecting his small business to some of the largest Fortune 500 companies — meaning more business for him.

The security and investigations company owner’s pitch: Companies need to start thinking about security now, because if they wait before locking something in, the prices at other companies will go up and the quality of services down.

Shaw persuaded seven of these companies to use his St. Paul-based firm to secure their dinner parties, cocktail parties and individual events during the convention and to vet the support staff hired for the events to avoid unpleasant discoveries at a point when there’s no turning back.

“If you’re hosting a Republican who is big on border patrol,” he said. “You don’t want to find out that half of your cook staff are illegal immigrants.”

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The Myths of Bodyguard Work

Bodyguard Careers recently did a great article entitled The Myths of Celebrity Protection , which shows that along with what the reality often is:

“You may be called upon to play chauffeur. You will be driving the client and his friends all over town, to and from the airport, and will probably be expected to maintain the car, which means taking it to the car wash, keeping the tank filled and the car in perfect running order.

You may be expected to protect property, which can mean looking after your client’s purchases from a high-end department store while they continue to shop.

Your protection may extend to the client’s children, which means you may have a child making demands on you, which you are required to meet. This protection may also extend to looking after the family’s dog…and picking up after it!”

For the full article, click here.