"The Story of James Bond - A Tribute to Ian Fleming" event will take place in London on Sunday 5th October...

A Tribute To Ian Fleming - Event Preview
27th August 2008

"The Story of James Bond - A Tribute to Ian Fleming" promises to be a unique event, and a grand finale to the successful Fleming centenary year. Stars and celebrities will join together in a celebration of the life and writing of Ian Fleming and his legacy to the world - James Bond. The black-tie gala will take place on Sunday 5th October 2008 from 7:30pm at the London Palladium.

Above: The London Palladium

The event will feature extracts from Bond novels and films (some pieces never heard before), presenting how Fleming’s life and passions inspired the character and adventures of the world’s favourite secret agent.

Hosted by Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry, and stars from the worlds of film and theatre will revel in everything Bond: the villains, the cars, the guns, the gadgets and of course… the girls. The evening will be a spectacular tribute to Ian Fleming and his work; featuring personal insights into his extraordinary life and the reflection of those times that became James Bond.

A 60 piece orchestra will provide the soundtrack for the evening, playing the best of Bond and featuring interpretations by star recording artists and some original versions by the artists that made them hits.

Above: British author and creator of James Bond Ian Fleming with co-producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli on the set of Goldfinger in 1964.

The evening will also feature appearances by a multitude of stars including Roger Moore, Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Joely Richardson, Rosamund Pike, Charlie Higson, Sebastian Faulks, Toby Stephens, Ruby Turner, Lemar, Lee Mead, David Suchet, Samantha Bond, Harriet Walter, David Gilmour, Charles Dance, Patrick Stewart, Christopher Cazenove, Laura Michelle Kelly, Issy van Randwych, and many more to be announced shortly. With appearances from Classic Bond girls, the support of The Broccoli family, John Barry and David Arnold this will be an extraordinary one-off performance.

A sneak preview clip from the new film, Quantum of Solace, along with other surprises will cap off an unmissable night: the grand finale to Ian Fleming’s centenary year, and a show with a license to thrill…and amuse.

Tickets start from £25.00 and can be purchased online via seetickets.com

All artists are subject to availability.