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Monday, 17 December, 2001, 18:24 GMT
Bond memorabilia fails to sell
James Bond may be one of cinema's most enduring characters but an auction of film memorabilia failed to ignite the enthusiasm of collectors.

Only a fifth of the lots on sale at Bonhams in London were sold, with the most expensive being artwork for On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which went for £920.

Among the items which went unsold were 100 casino chips used in Dr No and a model of the mountaintop headquarters from On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Earlier this year a bikini worn by Ursula Andress in Dr No fetched £35,000 at auction.

Bjork lights up opera house

Pop star Bjork has become the first ever contemporary rock artist to play at the Royal Opera House.

The Icelandic star, accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra and a choir from Greenland, played to a sell-out crowd that included Mercury music prize winner PJ Harvey.

Her concert set spanned her career from debut solo single Human Behaviour to latest release Pagan Poetry.

The performance opened with Bjork, wearing a white dress with Eskimo boots, sitting spotlit on the stage while fake snow fell on her from above.

Stars attend Disney première

Former EastEnders actress Daniella Westbrook, TV presenter Denise Van Outen and pop stars The Honeyz were among the guests at the première of The Princess Diaries in Covent Garden, London, on Sunday.

"Handy" Andy Kane and Linda Barker, of TV show Changing Rooms, also attended the event, with many celebrities bringing along children to the Disney film.

The film is a love story which tells the story of shy teenager Mia - played by Anne Hathaway - who discovers she is the heir to the throne of a small European country.

British actress Julie Andrews plays Mia's grandmother, who teaches her how to be a princess.

Sir Elton to be face of lipstick

Sir Elton John is to pucker up for an advertising campaign promoting a lipstick that will raise money for an Aids charity.

The pop superstar will be seen on ads for Viva Glam IV alongside Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson and soul singer Mary J Blige - but he will not wear the lipstick himself.

Cosmetic company MAC's Viva Glam line has raised £16m for HIV and Aids treatment since 1994.

"The MAC Aids Fund shares my belief that people affected by HIV/Aids deserve to have the daily services they need in order to live a long life with dignity and happiness," Sir Elton said.

Director Jordan gets honorary degree

Neil Jordan, director of The Crying Game and Michael Collins, has received an honorary degree from Queen's University Belfast.

Jordan is "one of Ireland's most extraordinarily multi-faceted artists", according to Professor David Johnston, who awarded him the Doctor of Literature degree.

His work has posed "uncomfortable, but absolutely necessary, questions about the history and identity of those of us who live on this island, North and South", Prof Johnston said.

Jordan, 51, was born in Sligo and has also directed Interview with a Vampire and The End of the Affair.

US gets TV liqueur ads

United States TV company NBC is to become the first network to broadcast commercials for alcoholic spirits in a bid to boost advertising revenue.

A public service announcement about drink driving sponsored by vodka company Smirnoff will be the first to be shown.

US TV networks have never previously broadcast ads for spirits because it was seen as a taboo that could open them up to criticism for promoting products that could be harmful.

ABC, CBS and Fox said they had no plans to change their alcohol advertising policy "at this time".

Bond book boosts charity shop

A charity shop in Edinburgh has received a windfall of more than £5,000 after the auction of a first edition of a James Bond book that was given anonymously to the shop.

The rare 1954 copy of Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming's second 007 story, had been handed to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund shop with a number of other books in a plastic bag.

"It was just lying with a pile of books and we go through them all to check for anything special," said John Fyfe, a volunteer who spotted that it may be worth than the shop's normal top price of £30.

The book - which became a film starring Roger Moore - was sold to an anonymous buyer for £5,287 at Sotheby's in London on Thursday.

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