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Public premiere for new Bond film

By Neil Smith
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace
Daniel Craig reprises his role as 007 in the 22nd official Bond film

The world's first public screening of new Bond film Quantum of Solace is to take place at this year's London Film Festival, organisers have announced.

It will take place on 29 October at the Odeon West End - the same night as the film's world premiere.

The festival will open with director Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon, based on interviews given by the disgraced former US president to Sir David Frost.

Penelope Cruz and Omar Sharif are among the stars expected to attend this year.

The 52nd London Film Festival is due to take place in the capital from 15 to 30 October.

The announcement of the Bond premiere coincides with the release of a second trailer for Quantum of Solace, six weeks ahead of the film's arrival in UK cinemas.

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The two-minute taster contains excerpts from previously unseen action sequences and shows Daniel Craig's 007 and Dame Judi Dench's M discussing revenge.

New Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is also featured in the trailer, which introduces the film's French villain Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric).

'Serendipitous'

It is the first time a new Bond movie has featured in the festival's line-up.

"It's great news for us," artistic director Sandra Hebron told the BBC News website, adding the public premiere was the result of "very serendipitous timing".

Other movies screening include W, Oliver Stone's biopic of President George W Bush.

Sandra Hebron with BFI director Amanda Nevill
Hebron (left) said she was "delighted" with the "high-quality" programme

Josh Brolin plays the title role in a cast that includes James Cromwell as George Bush Senior and Britain's Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice.

The film is one of a number of titles that take their inspiration from real-life figures.

In addition to Frost/Nixon, the festival includes Steven Soderbergh's two-part portrait of guerrilla leader Che Guevara, Bobby Sands drama Hunger and a documentary about the late writer Hunter S Thompson.

Also included are films about the Baader Meinhof gang, boxer Mike Tyson and 1960s pop producer Joe Meek.

"There is a sense of history across the board in the festival, so it's not surprising these key figures are being given an exploration," said Hebron.

The festival will also feature a number of titles seen at this year's Cannes Film Festival, including Palme d'Or winner The Class and Woody Allen comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

'Festival of festivals'

Other celebrity guests expected to attend include Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Weisz, Benicio Del Toro and Colin Firth.

Danny Boyle, director of closing night film Slumdog Millionaire, will discuss his craft on stage at the National Film Theatre, as will writer-director Charlie Kaufman and Scotland's Robert Carlyle.

Benicio Del Toro
Che starring Benicio Del Toro received its world premiere at Cannes
Speaking after Wednesday's press launch, Hebron said the event would host an "unprecedented" number of premieres.

London, she continued, had an advantage over its rivals in that it was "not constrained by the requirements of an A-grade competitive festival."

Though the event awards prizes to first-time filmmakers, it does not have a main competition like Venice, Cannes or Berlin.

"If you're an A-grade competitive festival you have to secure premieres for your competition," she explained.

"We don't have one, so we are free to choose films from throughout the year even if they have screened at other festivals."


SEE ALSO
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