Antigua Red Carpet for James Bond

James BondAntigua St. john's - The latest James Bond film “Skyfall” starring Daniel Craig will premiere in Antigua Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm at Caribbean Cinemas on Friar’s Hill Road, one day before it officially opens to the general public, and two days before it opens in theatres in the US. 

The exclusive, all-inclusive Red Carpet event and after-party is being sponsored by Ocean Café in Hodges Bay.  Each guest attending will receive a complimentary glass of champagne being introduced for this special occasion by Brydens (AS Bryden & Sons Antigua Ltd.) upon arriving at the movie theatre.  Heineken is also being heavily promoted at the event since Craig appears with Bond Girl Berenice Marlowe in a new Heineken ad tied to the release of the upcoming 007 feature.  

Ocean Café is fast becoming a launching pad for hosting special events since its opening, including the Friday July 13th Mount Gay Eclipse Black.  Paul Afflak is designing the venue which will see Ocean Café transformed into a scene right out of a Bond movie, complete with special lighting, Golden Girls, dancers performing against a silhouetted background, and a special twist on the vodka martini (Bond’s preferred drink), and, of course, great food by Nigel (formerly of Sheer) and music by TJ the DJ.

Colin Callaghan, who runs Ocean Café and is a Bond aficionado, expects this will be a sold-out event.  “Over half of the 200 tickets have been already sold, and my phone is ringing off the hook since I went on radio last week,” Callaghan says.  

The night is also expected to make a fashion statement, and both men and women attending the cinema for the red carpet private screening are asked to wear fashion that is “stylish, smooth and formal” because the organizers want to make it a real red carpet event with photographers and spectators on hand.

“Noreen Phillips of Noreen Phillips Couturiere will showcase some of her fabulous gowns on the red carpet, and we are holding discussions with one of the exclusive jewelry brands in Heritage Quay to dress the gowns with spectacular jewelry,” Callahan says. “There will also be a special prize for the Best Dressed Bond Girl.”

This is the 50th Anniversary of the Bond franchise, and the twenty-third spy film in the James Bond series, which is produced by Eon Productions and distributed by MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

A bit of trivia: the Bond legacy has significant ties to the Caribbean.  Author Ian Fleming wrote all the bond novels in Jamaica where he built a house on 15 acres of land on an old donkey racecourse in 1946 and called it Goldeneye, which coincidentally became the name of one of the Bond films. 

In 1961, Dr No, the first Bond film was filmed in Jamaica – and Ursula Andress came out of the sea wearing a white bikini and holding a conch shell. 

Three of the Bond novels have scenes in Jamaica, Live and Let Die, Dr No, and The Man with the Golden Gun.  Several years after Ian Fleming’s death, Goldeneye was sold to Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, after Bob Marley pulled out of buying it. Today, the house is a resort.

Fleming’s desk at which he wrote the books, remains in the house with some other belongings.  And Timothy Dalton who starred in two Bond movies, The Living Daylights and License to Kill, has a home in Antigua and visits the island frequently.

Tickets for the Bond evening are $150 per person, and can be purchased in advance at Ocean Café, Lipstick in Heritage Quay, and Xtreme Fitness on Friars Hill Road across from Caribbean Cinemas.

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#1 Colin Callaghan » 2012-11-07 01:00

Call 725 1029 for tickets to Bond Night

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