New Bond film premieres in Yarmouth for charity

EXCITEMENT is mounting as the opening of the latest James Bond adventure at the end of the month gets nearer.

And fans in Great Yarmouth have the chance to see Skyfall ahead of the rest at a charity premiere being organised at the Hollywood Cinema on Thursday, October 25, the day before general release.

The screening will benefit the new Louise Hamilton Palliative Care Centre at the James Paget University Hospital which is fast approaching both completion and the target of �1.5 million which it is costing to build.

“We are nearly there,” said appeal patron Tony Mallion who is arranging the special showing of the 23rd Bond film. “But even when the building cost is covered there will still be other expenses and continuing running costs for the centre which we will need to find.”

Daniel Craig will once again play 007 and while the plot is being kept a closely guarded secret it will centre a lot around Bond’s boss, M, played as always by Dame Judi Dench. Last Friday was dubbed Bond Day in recognition of the release of the first film, Dr No starring Sean Connery, 50 years ago in 1962. The day also saw the release of the latest Bond theme, sung this time by Adele.

“I think everyone feels this is going to be a really strong addition to the series,” said Tony.

“Every Bond film is an event – and we’re hoping once again to make it even more so. It’s a chance for people to dress up and enjoy a bit of glamour if they wish.”

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Barkers Photographic will be on hand to take photographs of groups and individuals which will be on sale at the end of the evening with a donation going towards the appeal.

As well as the preview screening there will be an auction conducted by Mark Duffield of Aldreds.

Hollywood Cinema chain owner Trevor Wicks has not only given the cinema for the night but is providing some real collectors items for screen buffs. He has donated a framed poster of Skyfall together with the full- sized cardboard stand up advertisement with Daniel Craig which you see in the foyers promoting the film.

In addition there’s a year’s admission to the Hollywood while Michael Timewell of Blue Sky Leisure has provided a break at the company’s Kelling Heath holiday park in North Norfolk and Peter and Christine Jay a family ticket for the Hippodrome Christmas Circus.

“We are really grateful for this support,” said Tony.

The evening begins at 7pm and tickets can be booked in advance price �20 and �15 from the Hollywood box office which is open from 5pm on weekdays and from lunchtime at the weekends on 01493 852600.