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LONDON played host to the biggest world premiere ever as the long awaited Casino Royale was screened simultaneously across three cinemas in Leicester Square.

The spectacular event marked the 60th Anniversary of the Royal Film Performance™ – the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund’s (CTBF) principal fundraising event.

HM The Queen, patron of the CTBF, and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the star-studded premiere.

Peter Hore, Chief Executive of the CTBF said:  “It is wonderful that such a highly anticipated film has marked our 60th Anniversary Year and I am delighted to report that the event has raised more than £300,000 for the Fund. 

"We are grateful to EON Productions, Sony Pictures and MGM for such a fantastic film.  It has been a remarkable fundraiser and it will help us continue our lifeline of support for people who work behind the scenes in the world of film and television.”

Thousands of 007 fans gathered in Leicester Square to catch a glimpse of Daniel Craig, who made his screen debut as the legendary secret agent.

Speaking at the premiere Daniel said: “The CTBF is a great charity.  

"Whatever our jobs, we are all part of the same industry and we should always look out for those who might need help in difficult times.”

Giving the Loyal Address on stage at the Odeon Leicester Square, Lord Attenborough, CTBF Vice Patron said: “I remember very well 60 years ago when King George VI inaugurated this annual event in support of the CTBF.

"In the years between we have enlarged everything and tonight there will be an audience in Leicester Square for a premiere of 4,200 – that has to be a record of some kind.”

He added: “Over the years the CTBF has cared for thousands of people who find themselves in difficulties, hard times, ill health or just old age. Just this year already we have cared for 1,200 people who have come to us for aid.

"The CTBF is our charity. It is the charity that supports cinema and television and the people who work in those industries.”

To mark the Royal Film Performance’s 60th Anniversary The Queen also authorised a special Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, where a selection of Bond tunes were played by the Band of The Scots Guards.

The Royal Film Performance is one of the highlights of the film industry’s calendar, and in its sixty year history has attracted such titles as Chariots of Fire, Empire of the Sun, Die Another Day, Titanic and Star Wars Episode I.

Selected photos from the event...

Royal Film Performance 60th Anniversary Commemorative Brochures - Casino Royale - are now on sale at £15 each. For more details please email or call 0207 437 6567.

Brochures can also be picked up from the CTBF Head Office in Golden Square.

Read the original press release here

You can get priority booking to future Royal Film Performances™ by becoming a member of the CTBF - please download the Membership Application Form and Gift Aid form and post it to the address given with your contact information and credit card details.