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STUNNING PHOTOS: The Kampala Premiere Of Skyfall

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The invite-only event was sponsored by Heineken.

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To win tickets to the premiere, movie lovers had to participate in Heineken activations at select nightlife spots in the respective countries.

Interestingly, Uganda is mentioned in the movie, which started premiering at 9:00pm.

Dr Ian Clarke arrives for the Premiere

Ably directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall – the 23rd official 007 outing – is at its finest during a bruising, tumultuous opening half, fired by an electrifying pre-credits chase scene and a script that nods shrewdly to the Wikileaks furore. Cyber-terrorists have stolen a hard drive containing a complete list of Nato operatives that they proceed to leak online, in weekly instalments, five names at a time.

Guests were treated to a red carpet reception

Back in London, M (Judi Dench) is facing pressure to quit and her HQ on the Thames has gone up in smoke, according to a review by Guardian.

In the meantime, the trail has led 007 (Daniel Craig) from the bazaars of Istanbul to the casinos of Shanghai to an abandoned island off the coast of Macao where the obligatory Bond baddie seems positively (almost suspiciously) delighted to be caught and brought to justice.

Singer Cindy (R) and hubby Mario

Craig, as ever, makes for a splendidly authoritative Bond, even when he’s suffering a crisis of faith and scowling at his reflection inside dirty mirrors. But he’s matched beautifully by Bardem’s playful, jubilant turn as the silken Raoul Silva, who sets out to turn 007 against M (“Mummy’s been very bad”) and quite possibly take her place.

A couple arrives for the Premiere

Audaciously, Skyfall’s most sexually charged moment comes not with the femme fatale at that gaudy casino but during the extended interrogation scene, as Silva runs his fingers across Bond’s bare chest, then reaches down to part his legs. “What’s your regulation training for this?” Silva teases him. “What makes you think it’s my first time?” 007 shoots back – a tacit reminder that he went to Eton after all.

These guests were dressed like James Bond

These smart, sure-footed antics set us up nicely for a devastating finale. And yet I couldn’t help feeling that Mendes’ hitherto sinuous, satisfying vehicle veers worryingly into the rough during a mishandled final section on a Scottish grouse moor that effectively doubles as Memory Lane.

An elegantly dressed lady

By this point, the makers of Skyfall have taken the bold decision to open Bond up – to probe at the character’s back-story and raise a toast to his relationship with M.

Yet this touchy-feely indulgence proves to be a mistake, in that it paves the path to soft-headedness, nostalgia and (worst of all) jokey banter with Bond’s bearded old retainer.

Musician Cleopatra (L) accomapnied by friends at the Premiere

Don’t they realise that 007 has always been at his most convincing when he’s at his crudest and least adorned; when he’s serving as a blank canvas for macho fantasy; the dark angel of our disreputable natures?


Chimpreports’ Giles Muhame arrives for Skyfall Premiere

At one stage, fighting to keep her job before a parliamentary select committee, M refers to Bond as a necessary evil: a creature in the shadows fighting creatures in the shadows. Far better to leave him there, with all guns blazing and the lights turned low.

Guests enjoy a cocktail before the Premiere

Chimp Corps say majority guests left the function satisfied, with faces beaming with blessedness.

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