Premiere of 007 film highlight of London festival

THE first public screening of the new James Bond movie will be the highlight of this year’s London Film Festival, which will bring a host of world premieres and top stars to the English capital.

Daniel Craig’s second outing as the British spy in Quantum of Solace will be screened in central London immediately after the film’s world premiere on October 29.

The 52nd annual London Film Festival, which runs from October 15 to 30, will screen some 189 feature films and 108 shorts, including 15 world, 20 European and 119 British premieres.

But the return of Bond is likely to be the most anticipated event, with ordinary fans given a chance to see agent 007 minutes after the end credits roll for the showbiz stars at the premiere.

Films from 43 countries will be shown, including from Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Palestine, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and Thailand.

The world premiere of director Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon, based on the 1977 interviews between television presenter David Frost and US president Richard Nixon on the Watergate scandal, will open the festival.

The closing night gala performance is the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.

Penelope Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Omar Sharif, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Michael Sheen and Colin Firth are among the stars expected at the event.

The festival includes films from Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Oliver Stone (W.) and Steven Soderbergh (Che Part 1 and Che Part 2).

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