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Bond film premiere pulls out all the stops

Bond film premiere pulls out all the stops

By Stephanie Horsman - September 30, 2021

It was a glittering night that would turn even the world-weary James Bond’s head, as singer Shirley Bassey joined a debonaire Prince Albert, actress Sharon Stone and director Cary Fukanaga at the screening of the latest installation in the 007 series, No Time To Die.

It was quite an evening for fans of 007 in Monaco. The Principality was the site of the unique premiere screening of the latest Ian Fleming-inspired James Bond film, No Time To Die.

The event attracted super-celeb Sharon Stone, whose slinky Dolce & Gabbana silver cocktail dress was an absolute showstopper. The 63-year-old actress was all smiles as she rocked the dress with the confidence of a woman who knows she can still turn heads at any age.

She was joined by Prince Albert II who wore a white tuxedo worthy of Bond himself. Also at the screening was the film’s Director and Princess Grace Award winner Cary Joji Fukunaga, together with Christian Moore, son of the late actor and former Bond Sir Roger Moore.

The red-carpet screening took place at the iconic Opera Garnier and was followed by a black-tie after-party at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, another homage to the 007 series from Casino Royale, complete with croupiers, masked waiters, and glittering, golden ‘gun’ wielding dancers.

Singer and Monaco resident Dame Shirley Bassey was also there to celebrate the 25th film in the series. Bassey recorded theme songs to three Bond films including Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker.

Other notable gusts were designer Philip Plein, Lady Tina Green, model Victoria Silvstedt, and Monaco royals Camille Gottlieb and Louis and Marie Ducruet.

In a speech displayed on the big screen ahead of the film, Prince Albert II said: “It is my distinct privilege to welcome the screening of No Time To Die to Monaco. It is particularly meaningful for us to honour the late Sir Roger Moore and Princess Grace Award winner Cary Joji Fukunaga here because of the special ties that connect them to us. Sir Roger Moore was a dear friend to my mother and we remain grateful for his guidance establishing the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. We are equally proud of Princess Grace Award winner Cary Joji Fukunaga’s masterful direction of No Time to Die, and to know that my mother’s legacy lives on through his flourishing career.”

Cary Fukanaga added on screen: “Becoming part of the Princess Grace Awards family has been incredible. I received a scholarship that helped propel my career in a multitude of ways. Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Sir Roger Moore in Monaco when I received my second Princess Grace Award, I never would have imagined that just five years later I would be helming No Time to Die.”

Proceeds from the event are being targeted to a new Princess Grace Award in honour of Sir Roger, who was a long-time resident of Monaco as well as being a founding member of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. The Roger Moore Film Scholarship will be endowed in perpetuity to an emerging filmmaker, with the first recipient being announced in 2022.

“My father was a great man, a beloved actor and deeply committed to the arts,” said Christian Moore. “He adored Princess Grace and believed in Her mission to support emerging talent and ensuring the arts community remained vibrant and impactful. My family thanks the Princely Family for their generosity recognising my father by bestowing him with this named award. I know he would be truly humbled.”

 

Monaco Life is proud to have been the main media sponsor of the exclusive James Bond event, organised by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. To see more pictures of the red carpet, click on the images below… 

 

 

Photos by Benedetta Pizzonia for Monaco Life

 

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