1. 'Quantum of Solace' World Premiere Announced

    By Matt Weston on 2008-08-05

    James Bond will return by royal command this October, as Princes William and Harry attend the world premiere of Quantum of Solace on 29 October.

    Daniel Craig at the premiere of Casino Royale

    Daniel Craig at the premiere of Casino Royale

    Official details of the premiere emerged today, revealing that the first screening of Daniel Craig’s second James Bond film will take place at the Odeon cinema in London’s Leicester Square just two days before the movie opens in the United Kingdom.

    Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton are also among the premiere’s confirmed guests.

    At the request of the Princes, proceeds from the event will benefit two charities: Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.

    The full press release follows.

    Royal Film Premiere
    James Bond Film To Benefit And The Royal British Legion

    Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the latest James Bond film
    Quantum of Solace announced today, Prince William and Prince Harry have graciously agreed to attend the world premiere of the twenty-second 007 adventure on Wednesday, October 29th 2008 at London’s Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square.

    At the request of Prince William and Prince Harry, the event will benefit two charities, Help For Heroes and The Royal British Legion. The premiere will be attended by the film’s leading actors Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric and Gemma Arterton. Directed by Marc Forster, the movie will be released in cinemas internationally from 31 October 2008 by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

    Wilson and Broccoli commented, “We are thrilled Prince William and Prince Harry have
    agreed to attend the world premiere of our latest James Bond film, and are pleased this
    event will help raise much needed funds to support the servicemen of our country through
    The Princes’ chosen charities, Help For Heroes and The Royal British Legion.”

    Help For Heroes was launched in October 2007 in response to the desire of ordinary
    people to do something practical to help wounded servicemen and women. In its first nine
    months of existence the charity raised £6 million to help provide a swimming pool and gym complex at the tri-services rehabilitation centre at Headley Court. That task is now complete, and Help For Heroes continues to raise money to ensure that the wounded get the best practical help and support, and the futures, that they deserve.

    Since 1921 The Royal British Legion has protected the interests, welfare and memory
    of those who are currently serving, or have served, in the Armed Forces and their dependants. Nearly 10.5 million people of all ages are eligible for the Legion’s support, and the call on the charity’s welfare services is increasing.

    Quantum of Solace, the 22nd James Bond adventure in the longest running franchise in film history, began principal photography on 7th January 2008. The film was produced for EON Productions by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, directed by Marc Forster and stars Daniel Craig as the legendary secret agent, James Bond. With a screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Oscar winner Paul Haggis, the film picks up the storyline just one hour after the end of Casino Royale, marking the first direct sequel produced by EON Productions.

    The Odeon Leicester Square previously partook in the Casino Royale premiere alongside simultaneous screenings in the Empire Theatre and Odeon West End cinemas in the Square.

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