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Sunday, June 27, 1999 Published at 18:28 GMT 19:28 UK


Bond's museum mission

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The scene read like a James Bond screenplay with 007 rushing by car, plane and helicopter from his last mission in a far-flung location - to Bradford.

Bond, alias actor Pierce Brosnan, was in the Yorkshire town to mark the official re-opening of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television after a £16m facelift.

[ image: Bond meets Lord Puttnam (left), one of the driving forces behind the museum]
Bond meets Lord Puttnam (left), one of the driving forces behind the museum
He arrived by helicopter but needed a Jaguar to whisk him the few yards from landing pad to museum as fans waited like bit-part actors.

Officially opening the museum he recalled earlier missions in Bradford - as a young actor.

But Bond's sophistication deserted him while trying to open a jeroboam of champagne to christen the museum.

The cork refused to budge and a smaller understudy was called upon to complete the ceremony.

Before the 18-month refurbishment the museum was one of the most visited outside London. Now it's back with a vengeance.

New exhibits are aimed at young and old and one of the most popular is destined to be the animation gallery, giving hands-on experience of the latest computer generated imaging.

Other new features include The Magic Factory, exploring the science of using light in special effects and Advertising - The Persuaders' Art, which looks at how advertising influence the way we live.

Bradford can now also boast a IMAX 3-D cinema, one of only a handful in the UK.

Some exhibits have survived the refurbishment. The Kodak Gallery takes visitors through the history of photography while News - Frontlines, Headlines, Deadlines has been updated.

It now includes a terminal to BBC News Online and the latest Reuters news agency reports are beamed directly into the exhibit room.

TV Heaven, an old favourite which also survived, takes visitors through the highs of British small screen history.

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