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Daniel Craig (left) and Judy Dench star in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions action adventure SKYFALL. Sony Pictures Releasing  
Skyfall (12A)
Time waits for no man, not even the suave and sharply attired 007. In the 50 years since Ian Fleming's debonair secret agent introduced himself to Sylvia Trench at a card table in Dr No, global politics have changed beyond recognition...
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter  
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Opened in Spring 2012, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is a behind-the-scenes walking tour which immerses guests into the world of film-making. The tour features authentic sets, costumes and props that showcase the British artistry, technology and talent that goes into producing world famous and successful movies, created at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden...
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Top Attractions Sellers (11/10/12 - 24/10/12):
1. The London Eye, 2. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, 3. Tower of London, 4. The Original Tour, 5. Circular River Cruise from the London Eye

Diary: Meanwhile, at the home for retired spies...

Money made out of this week's Skyfall premiere is going to retired spies from MI5 and MI6. Sounds like a justified bit of payback to real world James Bonds, but how will it work?

Probably Sam Mendes will put on his trench coat and sit himself on a park bench, waiting for a secret sign to make the switch, brown envelope concealed in a copy of The Oldie.

Then a retired spy has to undergo a terrifying chase on a mobility scooter, dodging pushchairs and poodles as some still embittered enemy tries to nab the cash. Just when our man appears to have shaken off the threat to his pension bonus, wouldn't you know it, here comes Sean Connery, muttering about how the Bond legacy should be his and bosh, all goes dark.

Next, Retired Spy wakes up in Connery's evil lair, or Scotland as it's also known, but all is not lost. He remembers this 007s weakness. "Never say never again," he says, raising an eyebrow, and Connery dissolves into a heap of embarrassment.

Cut to the Home for Distinguised Former Spooks (Sponsored by Skyfall) and Retired Spy is lying on his bed, a towel placed strategically over his waist as a pretty nurse hovers nearby. "How would you like your enema today, Gramps?" she asks. "Shaken, not stirred," he replies, with an I-still-got-it wink for the camera.

David Clee


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- Cinema

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions action adventure SKYFALL. Sony Pictures Releasing  
Blockbuster of the Week: Skyfall (12A)
Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench
James Bond is reportedly killed in action and his boss, M, writes an obituary with a heavy heart...
IMAX | Review | Showing at these Cinemas | Trailer
Room 237 (15)  
Documentary of the Week: Room 237 (15)
Director: Rodney Ascher
Documentary providing a forum for five fans and scholars to expound their theories on continuity errors and subliminal imagery in The Shining...
Showing at These Cinema | Trailer
Elena. New Wave Films  
Critics' Choice of the Week: Elena
Starring: Alexei Rozin, Andrei Smirnov, Elena Lyadova, Nadezhda Markina
Feisty grandmother Elena lives with her second husband Vladimir in a plush apartment block...
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See Also:
A-Z of London Cinemas, A-Z of London Films, A-Z of UK Cinemas, A-Z of UK Films, Top 10 Movies, New Films This Week, Forthcoming Releases, Interviews

Listings Menus:
Movies by Genres, 3 D Movies, Over 18s Screenings, Parents and Baby Screenings, Subtitled Movies

- Classical and Dance

Tango Fire - Flames of Desire, Peacock Theatre - London Theatre Tickets  
Tango Fire, Flames of Desire - Peacock Theatre
Direct from Buenos Aires, following sell-out seasons in New York, London, Barcelona, Hamburg, and Cape Town, Argentina's hottest dance show returns to the UK with their brand new show Tango Fire - Flames of Desire...
Info and Tickets | More Classical Tickets | Opera and Dance Tickets

Top Classical and Dance Sellers (11/10/12 - 24/10/12):
1. The Nutcracker, 2. LMA Orchestra - Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, 3. Deca Dance, 4. The Minotaure, 5. Panorama

- Comedy

Harry Hill at the HMV Apollo, London. Information and tickets.  
Harry Hill - HMV Apollo
Fresh from serving up his 'last series' of TV Burp, Harry Hill heads to London's Hammersmith Apollo with his 'Sausage Time' tour...
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Top Comedy Sellers (11/10/12 - 24/10/12):
1. Michael McIntyre, 2. Chris Addison, 3. Rhod Gilbert, 4. Frankie Boyle, 5. Richard Herring

- Music

Girls Aloud at the O2 Arena, London. Information and tickets.  
Girls Aloud - O2 Arena
Since they debuted with Sound Of The Underground in 2002, Girls Aloud have had 20 top ten singles and four #1s. Each of their five albums have gone platinum or above. In total they have sold over eight million records and have clocked up over 45 million You Tube views, close to six million Facebook likes and three million Twitter followers...
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Top Music Sellers (11/10/12 - 24/10/12):
1. Florence and the Machine, 2. Jessie J, 3. Robbie Williams, 4. The XX, 5. Elbow

- Theatre

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Drury Lane - London Theatre Tickets  
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes. When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of...
Info and Tickets | More Musical Tickets | More Play Tickets

Top Theatre Sellers (11/10/12 - 24/10/12):
1. Billy Elliot, 2. Jersey Boys, 3. The Lion King, 4. Les Miserables, 5. Matilda The Musical


Wereholf: The Beast Among Us Competition  
Wereholf: The Beast Among Us Competition
Wereholf: The Beast Among Us is the latest incarnation of monster movie, brought to you by Universal studios, the studio behind the legacy of werewolf movies from The Wolf Man, American Werewolf in London and most recently The Wolfman.
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London Accommodation

Chancery Court Hotel London, Holborn. 4 Star Hotel  
Chancery Court Hotel London - Holborn (4* Hotel)
Situated in the heart of Holborn, this landmark hotel is just a short walk from the bustling West End, British Museum and Covent Garden Market and offers a piece of luxury in the heart of central London...
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Astors Hotel, Victoria. 4 Star Bed and Breakfast  
Astors Hotel - Victoria (4* Bed and Breakfast)
Treat yourself to stylish and contemporary surroundings at boutique Astors Hotel. Two Georgian style townhouses have been combined to provide you with an intimate and welcoming place to stay that will feel like a home from home...
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Lancaster Gate Hotel Hyde Park, Paddington (3* Hotel)  
Lancaster Gate Hotel Hyde Park - Paddington (3* Hotel)
Formerly known as Park Inn Hyde Park, The Lancaster Gate Hotel Hyde Park is ideally situated for your break in London, located just a few steps from Hyde Park & Kensington Garden...
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Dolphin Inn Bayswater, Paddington (Hostel).  
Dolphin Inn Bayswater - Paddington (Hostel)
Choose to stay at Dolphin Inn and you'll be located just steps from Paddington Station, as well as a number of first class tourist attractions. Make sure you bring your laptop with you, as you can use the hostel's WiFi access to research nearby attractions and discover ways of getting around the capital...
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Top Hotel Sellers (11/10/12 - 24/10/12):
1. Tudor Court Hotel - Paddington (3 Star Hotel), 2. Hyde Park Hostel - Bayswater (Quality Hostel), 3. Hamiltons Hotel - Paddington (2 Star Hotel), 4. Barkston Rooms - Earls Court (2 Star Accommodation), 5. Borough Budget Rooms - Borough (2 Star Accommodation)

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