November 25, 2002
Bond, James Bond - the Los Angeles Premier
by Carol Edwards
Die Another Day, the 20th James Bond film in 40 years, opened last week to great reviews and a reported $47 million in ticket sales. No surprise. This film starts with a spectacular Hovercraft chase through a deadly minefield in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea and the action doesn't let up throughout most of the film.
The film stars Pierce Brosnan as James Bond and Halle Berry as Jinx, a new kind of Bond girl. Other stars include Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, Kenneth Tsang, Will Yun Lee, Emilo Echevarriam, Samatha Bond, Colin Salmon, Michael Gorevoy, Lawrence Makoare, John Cleese and Judi Dench.
The director was Lee Tamahori. It was written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
For many years, I have attended the premiers of the Bond films. A premier consists of a red carpet entrance for publicity, viewing the film and a big party. This year I attended the premier in Los Angeles on Nov. 11 at the Shrine Auditorium.
In years past I have attended premiers in London and was able to visit Pinewood Studio where much of the Bond movies are shot. It is truly amazing how production crews can create the immense and complicated scenery. When you watch this movie, stay for the credits and you will get an appreciation for the huge number of people it takes to produce a finished film.
A premier offers the opportunity to talk with the talented behind-the-scenes individuals who work as a team to complete the project.
I arrived at the LA premier with Bond producer Michael G. Wilson and his wife at the special entrance for the stars. The car door was opened and we stepped out onto a red carpet leading into a barricaded area.
The entrance featured two pair of fencers dressed in white uniforms sparring, one pair on each side.
The long carpeted aisle had television and cable personalities who interviewed the Bond stars. They also interviewed Barbara Broccoli and Wilson co-producers (daughter and stepson of the late Albert "Cubby" Broccoli who began the series and produced 16 Bond films prior to his death in 1996).
Behind the barricades were hundreds of photographers and journalists talking to the stars and shooting photos.
Once inside, guests were treated to popcorn and drinks to take into the theatre.
I watched the film sitting next to John Salley, 6'11'' from Fox Sports. Loud applause was heard throughout the film and at the end.
Following the film the crowd moved into the adjacent auditorium, carpeted and decorated for the premier party. There was a lot of mingling and animated conversations. The stars were gracious and talked to everyone.
Premiers followed in London, Paris and Berlin.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip attended the London premier.
You can see the photos from the London premier with the stars meeting the Queen, at www.hellomagazine.com/2002/11/19/jamesbond/ to see the the glitz and glamour of premiers.