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007's Casino Royale Tuxedo to go under the hammer

12 June, 2008

One of the biggest auctions of movie-related memorabilia ever staged outside an auction house will take place at a fund-raising dinner in aid of The National Film and Television School. Jonathan Ross will host the star studded evening at Old Billingsgate in the City of London which celebrates four key film franchises - Richard Curtis' work for Working Title, the Harry Potter series, Nick Park's animation for Aardman and the James Bond oeuvre.

Over 850 luminaries from the film and television industries will attend The Great British Movie Event on Tuesday 17th June. Richard Curtis takes a break from directing his latest movie to join Hugh Grant, Rowan Atkinson and Stephen Fry as well as many other actors who have featured in his work.

Bond producer, Barbara Broccoli, will lead a contingent of actors expected to include the current Miss Moneypenny, Samantha Bond, along with former 'villain' Robbie Coltrane and one of the first ever Bond girls, Honor Blackman.

Nick Park, the Oscar-winning creator of Wallace & Gromit and a graduate of the National Film and Television School will also attend along with another graduate, David Yates, who directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

The auction lots, linked to the four film franchises, include; the dinner jacket of the current James Bond, Daniel Craig, as worn in the casino scene of Casino Royale and signed by the actor. The lot also includes two Bond first editions. A rare, uncorrected proof of the very first JK Rowling novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, especially signed by the author, as well as some unique Potter film props are also up for grabs. The Aardman lot is a collection of figurines headed by Wallace & Gromit on their motorbike and sidecar signed by Nick Park (few Aardman originals survived the company's tragic warehouse fire).

And anyone present can become a film star - Working Title, the event's lead sponsor, are auctioning two walk-on parts in their next movie, the romantic comedy, Lost For Words. The auction will be conducted by Lord Dalmeny, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby's UK. There's a host of other movie memorabilia on offer, including a bowling ball from cult movie, The Big Lebowski, signed by the Coen Brothers; an original painting from the forthcoming production of Brideshead Revisited; books signed by the likes of Richard Curtis, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Sir John Mills, Bill Hanna & Joe Barbera; and other items autographed by great writers and directors such as Tom Stoppard, Mike Leigh, Mike Radford and Jim Henson.

The Great British Movie Event is also sponsored by Jefferies Bank, Piper Heidsieck Champagne and Remy Martin VSOP Cognac. Guests will be served both drinks in a novel way - champagne on ice (Piper Heidsieck's Piper Piscine) and cognac cooled down to -18 Celcius (Remy Martin's new 'ICE BOXX'). Everyone is guaranteed to be truly chilled by the time they enjoy the cabaret, provided by the 4 Poofs and a Piano.

"The cream of our TV and film industry is turning out to support the school, which is exciting. But personally, I'm just hoping to get Daniel Craig's dj," said Nik Powell, Director of the NFTS.

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