Roger Moore launches 007 UK tour with Bond girls Britt Ekland, Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallet and Eunice Gayson and baddie Richard Kiel.
JAMES BOND star Sir Roger Moore set the digital timer on a golden briefcase – containing the first copy of the Bond 50 Blu-ray collection – which is now travelling the length of Great Britain.
To mark the golden anniversary of James Bond on film, an Aston Martin DBS featured in 2008’s Quantum of Solace is taking the briefcase on a seven-day, 900-mile journey.
Moore said at the launch: ”I’m delighted to launch this Aston Martin on its tour of Great Britain with its special golden cased cargo, marking 50 years of 007 movies and the release of all 22 films on Blu-ray”
The Bond 50 Blu-ray collection is available from September 24, 2012.
The case is also being carried by other 007 icons including Bond girls Britt Ekland, Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallet and Eunice Gayson, classic villain Richard Kiel (the metal-mouthed Jaws), costume designer Lindy Hemming, stunt co-ordinator Paul Weston and director John Glen.
Lindy Hemming (above) yesterday called at Penbryn Beach on the third day of the relay, which recognised Wales’ many connections to James Bond, from Timothy Dalton to Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones to Desmond Llewellyn and most recently Hemming, the Oscar-winning costume designer on five Bond films.
Penbryn Beach was the location of the climax of Die Another Day, where it doubled for North Korea, with a temple built on the cliff for a love scene between Halle Berry and Pierce Brosnan.
Returning to the site of the memorable scene, Lindy met fans who travelled from all over Wales, and presented a gold disc to Margaret Williams from the Welsh National Trust.
Hemming, who designed the costumes on Die Another Day, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Casino Royale, said: ”It’s a privilege to be part of the 007 Days of Bond tour celebrating the 50th Anniversary.
”I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the Bond legacy in the UK and it’s fantastic that the relay has come here to Wales to celebrate the Blu-ray release of all 22 films.
”Being here at Penbryn Beach really brings back memories of my childhood family holidays when we used to come from our home in Carmarthenshire.
”This was one of our favourite wild beaches, so it’s a wonderful coincidence that James Bond has brought me back here.”