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  1. BAFTA Ceremony To Include Bond Special

    From The Daily Mail;

    Pierce Brosnan has been working undercover on a top secret mission. The Bond star has teamed up with John Cleese in a bid by the British Academy to outdo Hollywood’s Oscars.

    Brosnan and his Bond co star Cleese, who plays gadget inventor Q, shot a spoof segment at Pinewood Studios, which will be shown at the Orange- British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday and broadcast by the BBC.

    The short film is part of a special tribute celebrating 40 years of movies featuring Ian Fleming’s famous hero.

    In it, Q instructs Bond on his latest mission attending the British Academy Film Awards. He’s seen handing Brosnan a bow tie and self-destruct device in case the speeches drag on.

    The film, which was a closely-guarded secret, is of Q instructing Pierce on what he’ll need for the awards, a spokesperson on the Bond set told me.

    Brosnan was to have attended Sunday’s event, but he’s recovering from surgery on his knee following an accident on the set of the latest 007 adventure, which has the working title of Bond 20.

    Every year, the producers of the Oscars devise elaborate film segments to be shown during the ceremony which are often more talked about afterwards then the winners.

    ‘We’ve seen what they do at the Oscars and there was a feeling that our show can be a bit stale, but I think the combination of the Bond anniversary and host Stephen Fry, who was brilliant last year, will give us a lift,’ an executive connected to the awards told me.

    ‘The Oscar people will be looking to us for a change, not the other way round.’

    The Bond salute will include an appearance by current 007 star Halle Berry.

    That's great news for Bond fans! Hopefully, we'll find a way to get the special online for everyone to see.

    daniel @ 2002-02-23
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