The Royal Premiere for the 21st James Bond film Casino Royale will be held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on Tuesday 14th November 2006...

Casino Royale Royal Premiere Announced
26th July 2006

Press Release
The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund is pleased to announce that ‘Casino Royale’ is the chosen film for the 60th Royal Film Performance™, taking place on Tuesday 14th November 2006 at the Odeon Leicester Square, London. 

2006 marks the 60th Anniversary of The Royal Film Performance™ and all funds raised from the World Premiere will go to the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the unique trade charity of the film and television industries. 

‘Casino Royale’ is based on Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name.  Published in 1953, it was the first book in his ‘James Bond’ series.  ‘Casino Royale’ is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and will mark the introduction of Daniel Craig as the legendary secret agent, 007.  Martin Campbell directs the EON Productions film which is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures / Columbia Pictures release and will be distributed in the UK by Sony Pictures Releasing International.

On the 14th November, the CTBF will also stage an exclusive near simultaneous screening of the latest Bond film, at London’s Odeon West End cinema and, a late night screening, in the Odeon Leicester Square.  Regional Premieres will be staged 24 hours later in Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds and Plymouth (details of further regional premieres will be released shortly).

Stan Fishman, President of the CTBF expressed his delight that this year’s film will be ‘Casino Royale’.  “Marking the CTBF’s 60th Anniversary of The Royal Film Performance™, it is tremendous that ‘Casino Royale’, the most anticipated film of the year, has been chosen as this year’s film.  I am grateful to EON Productions, Sony Pictures and MGM.  With their help we are going to make the World Premiere of ‘Casino Royale’ a remarkable fundraiser for the CTBF.  This will help us continue our lifeline of support for people behind the scenes in the world of film, television and cinema.”

Above: Odeon Leicester Square

Above: Daniel Craig as James Bond 007

About CTBF
The Royal Film Performance™ is trademarked to The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), a charity who acts as a safety net for employees and their families who work or have worked in the film, commercial television and associated service industries. The Fund provides practical help and financial assistance in times of hardship or need with no restriction on position, profession or age, from camera operator to sales executive or runner.  Welfare support averages £1.3million per annum with over 1,000 beneficiaries being helped each year.

Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (Eon Productions) and directed by Martin Campbell, CASINO ROYALE is scheduled for release November 17, 2006. Principal photography started on January 30th 2006, with locations in the UK, Czech Republic (Prague), Italy, and the Bahamas. It will be British actor Daniel Craig’s first outing as James Bond. He is the sixth actor to play the 007 role in the franchise.

The film also stars Judi Dench, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Tobias Menzies, Ivana Milicevic, Clemens Schik, Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria and Isaach de Bankole.

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