The spies are watching
CINEMAGOERS heading to a charity preview of the new James Bond film in Great Yarmouth later this month will be treated like real-life spies. They will be frisked by security guards as they go in and then be spied on using the latest infra-red night goggles.
CINEMAGOERS heading to a charity preview of the new James Bond film in Great Yarmouth later this month will be treated like real-life spies.
They will be frisked by security guards as they go in and then be spied on using the latest infra-red night goggles.
And it's all down to film company Sony, who have imposed strict conditions on the organisers of the charity event to prevent pirate copies of the eagerly awaited film being put out ahead of its release in the United States two weeks later.
The preview of Quantum of Solace, starring Daniel Craig, is being held
in aid of the James Paget
University Hospital's Palliativee
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Care East appeal on Thursday, October 30 at the Hollywood Cinema, the night before the film opens to the public.
Hiring the two security guards is costing the organisers £300, and the guards will search people as they arrive and also ask them to leave their mobile phones outside the auditorium.
“We're so pleased to be allowed to have this screening for the appeal,” said Tony Mallion, a patron of the appeal and organiser of the event, “and 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.”
One of the appeal's other patrons is providing a special Aston Martin which will be parked outside the entrance so people, who are invited
to dress up for the evening, can
have their photos taken. There will also be the chance to have pictures taken with 007 Daniel Craig - but
only a full-sized cardboard cut-out version.
“We've also got some great prizes for a raffle including a weekend at Kelling Heath and a VIP trip on the Pleasure Beach big wheel before it leaves. We're hoping the raffle will at least cover the cost of the security arrangements,” said Mr Mallion.
Tickets are available at £15 and
£10 from the Hollywood on 01493 852600. The screening is at 7.30pm on October 30.