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Bernd Talasch doesn’t remember being hatched in a research laboratory in Omaha in the late 1950s so maybe that never happened....

Quantum of Solace Premiere, London

Advance apologies for this one. No, I didn’t photograph the Princes Harry and William, or Samantha Bond, or Giancarlo Giannini, or Bob Geldof, or Jack White. And the photos I did take of Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrane and various semi-unidentifiable celebrities all suffer from what you’d generally call “a lack of light”.

Which is bound to happen in England when the sun sets around 5pm and stars arrive at premieres around 6pm and the floodlights are only in the hoarded-up parts of Leicester Square where ‘special people’ are allowed. (Not that I’m bitter!)

Anyway, the best of what I was able to get were:

I have no problem with this photo. I took it yesterday during the daytime.

(Far left) – Barbara Broccoli has been the producer of the last five or six (or seven?) Bond films, and her late father was producer of most of the rest.

People were saying “He’s the bad guy” but I found it hard to tell whether people were talking about him or the character he may play in the movie. Still, if somebody gives you a piece of paper at a premiere, you’re entitled to sign it.

Dame Judi Dench, who has played “M” for the last few movies. Believe me, this is at the theoretical maximum range of my camera’s flash and shake reduction system!

Daniel Craig, aka James Bond. 1 good photo out of 250 taken on the night is… still a good photo. I’m happy with this one.

Olga Kurylenko is the Bond Girl in Quantum of Solace. She’s prettier in real life than she is on the poster (focus, camera, focus!!!)


Gemma Arterton, the ‘other’ Bond Girl in this film. I’m hoping she’s making out a cheque for the $5 she owes me…

Actor Robbie Coltrane …. hiding behind a giant echidna?

Wireimage tells me this is Mohammed Al Fayed, and Wikipedia tells me he’s got a personal worth of approximately 550 million British pounds. Looks lonely, doesn’t he?

I’m …. not sure who this is. They need to get a thing started where people wear name tags to these things.

I don’t know who he is, but damnit I need a scarf like that to go with my receding hairline and I’ll be THIS cool!!
Well, I won’t lie. I’ve had more fun at premieres than this one, especially since this one was so restricted and kept away from the public, and held in near-darkness. Also, might I also say the people standing around me were among the most ruthless (and tall) I’ve seen at a premiere – except for that pretty blonde lady whose foot I stepped on : I’m sorry about that.

Next up (assuming they have lights) will most likely be the Ridley Scott film “Body of Lies”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe

Other premieres:
Previous Premieres:
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Tropic Thunder
Righteous Kill
The X-Files : I Want to Believe
The Dark Knight

ps. James Bond returned…. in SKYFALL

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