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Tuesday, 19 November, 2002, 11:13 GMT
Bond première by royal appointment
Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry meet the Queen
Hollywood and Royalty mingled at the Bond premiere
Her Majesty's Secret Service agent James Bond had an appointment with the Queen at the première of his latest spy movie.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh met James Bond star Pierce Brosnan at the charity screening of Die Another Day at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The venue was transformed into an ice palace for the evening, in homage to the lair of Bond villain Gustav Graves, played by Toby Stephens.

Roger Moore and Halle Berry
Roger Moore was one of the Bond veterans to join the party

Stars from the movie Halle Berry, Judi Dench, John Cleese, Rosamund Pike and Madonna attended the screening.

Actors from classic Bond movies also attended, including former 007s Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby and Roger Moore.

Fans watched the stars and the royal party arrive for the première in grandstand seats, along with huge screens to capture close-ups of the VIPs.

Some of the cars featured in the Bond films were also on show outside the Albert Hall.

Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike is one of the new generation of Bond girls

Die Another Day marks the 20th film in the series, and as ever it features spectacular stunts performed around the world.

"I think it is a really fine film. I'm very proud of it," said Brosnan.

He said the long-lasting appeal of the film was because "from a male perspective we all want to be him."

"Even I would like to be him."

Producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they were honoured the film had been chosen as the annual royal film performance.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Madonna, who has a cameo role, attended with her husband

"James Bond is the epitome of all things British," they said in a statement.

Before the screening, Brosnan confirmed he had signed up for a fifth Bond movie.

"I was asked to come back for a fifth before we started Die Another Day. The answer is yes," he said.

The film, which cost £89m to make, is released in the UK on Wednesday.

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