NEVER say never again – Chester has secured a regional advance screening of the latest James Bond film starring city-born Daniel Craig for the second time.
Quantum of Solace will be screened at Cineworld, Sealand Road, on Thursday, October 30, the day before the movie goes on general release – and organisers are hoping the star will grace the event.
Daniel – born at 41, Liverpool Road, in 1968 – and co-stars Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton have been invited to the Chester screening, following the London premiere a day earlier.
Daniel’s father Tim Craig and his wife Kirsty, of Lower Bridge Street’s The Business Connection, will attend the champagne screening in Chester, following the success of the Casino Royale screening at the now-defunct Odeon in 2006.
Tim, who lives in Shropshire, separated from Daniel’s mum Carol Olivia when the 40-year-old actor was a child.
Money raised from tickets will go toward the Royal National Lifeboat Association, Daniel’s chosen charity. Other celebrities invited to the screening include stars of stage and screen, including actors from Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.
Cllr Margaret Parker, leader of Chester City Council, said: “Bringing Bond back to Chester is great news for the city, particularly in the current financial climate. We hope this puts the city back on the map.
“We are really hopeful Daniel Craig will attend this special event.”
Organiser Jane Harrad-Roberts, managing director of Marketing Projects, added: “We have been working on this since June with Tim Craig’s help, when I wrote to producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, Daniel Craig’s agent, Sony and Eon productions.
“We are hopeful Daniel will attend the event, which will include guests arriving in Aston Martins, a champagne reception and an after-show party at Cruise.”
Waltons of Chester will stage a prize draw, with the winner receiving an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watch, as worn by Daniel in the film.
Entrance to the after-show party at Cruise nightclub is included in the price of the ticket. To apply for tickets, which cost £30, visit www.marketingprojects.co.uk.