Well, we did it. What a fantastic night with Mr Bond. I am still buzzing from the generosity of the guests, the brilliance of the film and the kindness of the sponsors and supporters.
It has been a hard 5 weeks, I won’t bore you with the details but at some points I did wonder why we were even bothering. I have never organised anything like this before and I also have never been to a film premiere so didn’t really know what to expect. With this in mind I called on my friend Lyn to help me out and together we planned the sort of evening that we would like to go to and hoped that others would feel the same. Based on the happy faces at the end of the evening on Thursday I am fairly confident that we achieved this.
We arrived at Cineworld to get ready for our guests. Our cars were packed with everything we needed, a red carpet, bottles of bubbly, glasses, prizes and more prizes. We had roped in friends and family to help ‘man’ the event. Julie and Neil sorted the tombola prize draw and the handing out of bubbly. Becky, our Bond girl for the night, did a sterling job of ‘bullying’ people into parting with their cash for the main prize draw. Loren was freezing outside taking photos of people in the fabulous cars from Hatfields Jaguar & Landrover. Sam and the boys entertained the crowd with their brilliant renditions of Bond themed songs and a few Beatles tracks thrown in for good measure.
The Cineworld staff surpassed themselves, led by Jess, they had dressed the room with balloons. They had all dressed up and really did look the part. Despite having to work they all joined in with doing the quiz, buying tombola tickets and generally taking care of our guests.
The chaps from Hatfields had brought along a couple of the cars from the film along with a couple of other shiny examples of loveliness from their fleet. They too entered into the spirit of the event and I am sure they enjoyed themselves.
We had plenty of photographers on the night too, Paul from HU17 came along, there are now some fab shots on his site. My lovely friend Ash came up from Leicester to join us, he brought his camera along and took some great pictures. Jess, from Cineworld invited her Dad and his friend along to take pictures and they will let me have a copy of them too.
All of it would not have been possible, however, without the guests. What a generous bunch of people. We had 125 guests, as well as buying their tickets they donated an awful lot of money on the night too! Our star prize was kindly donated by Laura Hickman, she had drawn in pencil two fabulous pictures of Daniel Craig and Berenice Marlohe. The lady that won them was thrilled; she said that she never wins anything. She is certainly lucky, these pictures are one offs! Other fabulous prizes were a £250 voucher from Berry’s the Jewellers, a signed rugby ball from Hull FC, a programme from the Bond Royal Premiere, a beautiful book ‘The making of Skyfall’ and a year’s membership to a tasting club.
After our pre-show soiree people collected their popcorn, checked in their mobiles with our friendly ‘Men in Black’ security guys and took their seats. A few people had dressed up as their favourite Bond characters, we called them down to the front. My lovely friend Suzanne had really gone to town on her costume, she had on a wetsuit and after some encouragement she started to take it off revealing that she had a suit on underneath. It was just a brilliant crowd pleaser, what they didn’t know was that she had no trousers on! Suzanne was the well-deserved winner of the dressing up, 2nd went to ‘Q’ and 3rd was split between the ‘General’ and my son, Alex, who was dress in his tuxedo waving his Bond gun. The other highlight of the dressing up was Steve and Alan that went a bit overboard with the accessories – they brought a white Rolls Royce along with them, and it was so funny that they parked up in the middle of the car display outside. Pair of nutters, but we would expect nothing less of them!
After the thank you’s, which I am embarrassed to say I forgot to thank the band, we sat back to watch Bond at his best. All I will say is that the film was brilliant, my favourite Bond film so far. There are some surprises and certainly some shocks. Daniel Craig is definitely easy on the eye ladies and the Bond girls are, as always, beautiful. Judi Dench is a brilliant actor, such an elegant woman. The badies were really good and as usual, very funny. Even if you are not a Bond fan I am sure you will enjoy this film. The smiling faces of the guest as they left and all the thanks just made my night. With all the worry and the faff or organising it, it was just a brilliant success. I can’t believe that after 10 years people are still so generous with their time and their money. After the costs we raised a fabulous £1862 – for an event of just 125 people this is a magnificent amount and I can’t thank everyone enough. Right up until the event started I said I would never do it again, well, I take that back. I will definitely do it again.
*heads off to Cineworld to see what the next film coming out is*