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James Bond film 'spies' alert

PUBLISHED: 11:15 14 October 2008 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 July 2010

CINEMA goers heading to a charity preview of the new James Bond film in Yarmouth will be treated like real-life spies as the result of a security operation designed to stop pirate copies being made.

CINEMA goers heading to a charity preview of the new James Bond film in Yarmouth will be treated like real-life spies as the result of a security operation designed to stop pirate copies being made.

Fans queuing to see Quantum of Solace at the Hollywood Cinema on October 30 - the night before the film open to the public - will be frisked by security guards who will then keep a watch on the audience using the latest infra-red night goggles.

The preview of the film, starring Daniel Craig, is being organised in aid of Palliative Care East, an appeal to build a palliative care centre at Gorleston's James Paget University Hospital.

The film company, Sony, which has granted the charity night, imposed strict conditions on the organisers, one being the hire of security guards, to ensure that no pirate copies are made ahead of the film's release in the US two weeks later.

“We're so pleased to be allowed to have this screening for the appeal,” said Tony Mallion of BBC Radio Norfolk, who is a patron of the JPH appeal and organiser of the event.

“Naturally we have to comply with the strict conditions they set down. But it does seem a bit over the top. People are coming to enjoy a great night out for a good cause, not to sit with video cameras or mobile phones trying to make bootleg copies.

"We want to make money for the appeal and sadly this condition means that £300 has to go to pay for the two guards and the hire of their special night goggles.

"It will add to the glamour and excitement though, to think we're all being treated as potential spies and pirates.”

Tickets are still available priced £15 and £10 from the Hollywood Cinema on 01493 852600 and the screening is at 7.30pm on Thursday October 30.

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