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Bond film smashes weekend records

Daniel Craig as James Bond
Critics have given Quantum of Solace a mixed reception

The new James Bond film has broken box office records on its opening weekend in the UK - taking 15.5m in three days, according to early figures.

Quantum of Solace took a further 14.2m in France and Sweden, according to industry journal Screen Daily.

The movie, which premiered in London on Wednesday, beat the previous record of 14.9m set in 2005 by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Opening weekend numbers also surpassed the previous Bond film, Casino Royale.

Daniel Craig's latest outing as Bond had already broken opening day UK box office records taking 4.9m on Friday, according to studio Sony.

The film - the 22nd official entry in the James Bond film series - is directed by Marc Forster, of Monster's Ball and Finding Neverland fame.

UK cinemagoers have an advantage over their counterparts in the US, where Quantum of Solace does not open until 14 November.

Casino Royale, which marked Craig's debut as Ian Fleming's suave secret agent, took more than 50m at the UK box office.

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