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James Bond fans flock to Skyfall premiere
HUNDREDS of film fans flocked to a Worcester cinema this evening decked in their best DJs and cocktail dresses for an exclusive premiere of the new James Bond film, Skyfall.
The black tie screening was held at the Odeon in Foregate Street, the day before the film opens in cinemas across the UK, to hopefully raise £15,000 for the Prince’s Trust.
A total of 411 people turned up to the event to watch the film in one of two screens in the Odeon.
The evening was full of glitz and red-carpet glamour and guests were met with a champagne and canapés reception.
Parked outside the cinema was an original Aston Martin DB4 Mk3 which featured in the Bond film Goldfinger, while Bond himself – in the form of Daniel Craig look-a-likeSteve Wright – naturally arrived with a group of Bond girls.
Viv Hudson-Findlay, chairman of the Prince’s Trust in Worcestershire, said: “It’s just so exciting, it’s fabulous for Worcester. That Sony have allowed us to do this is just wonderful, everything has just added to the excitement and people have been so generous.” She admitted she probably wouldn’t see the film herself as she would be spending her time making sure everyone else was happy!
Julia Williams, owner of Premier Places, said: “I think it’s absolutely amazing. It’s a great opportunity to get dressed up. I’ve had my picture taken with the James Bond look-a-like three times. I love James Bond, so for it to come to Worcester and have the premiere before the main event is just amazing. And raising money for charity as well – what could be better?”
Nick O’Hara, managing partner of Thursfields solicitors, said: “I think it’s really buzzing in here, everyone wants to have a good time. We have bought a pile of guests along to support the Prince’s Trust. It’s a really nice atmosphere and the ladies are looking lovely.”
Carol Hingley, of Broome, near Hagley, said: “It’s great and really well organised.
“It’s good for Worcester, good for advertising and a really nice treat.”
Murphy’s, the contractors working on the Foregate Street bridge, kindly moved the portable building and machinery which was situated in front of the Odeon for the night so guests could arrive and the car could be parked outside the cinema.
The release of Skyfall marks the 23rd appearance of 007. Its release will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the franchise, which started with Dr No in 1962.