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Royal date for her majesty's spy

Brosnan, Berry and director Lee Tamahor had a date with the queen
Brosnan, Berry and director Lee Tamahor had a date with the queen

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LONDON, England -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II had a date with her most famous fictional spy at the world premiere of the latest Bond film "Die Another Day" on Monday.

The film -- which stars Pierce Brosnan as 007 -- was chosen as the Royal Film Performance in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.

The queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the event at London's Royal Albert Hall -- the first time the venue has been chosen for the command performance.

The venue was transformed into a glittering ice palace for the night -- representing the lair of the latest Bond villain, played by Toby Stephens.

In the film, Bond travels around the world from Hong Kong to Cuba in a bid to expose the traitor and avert a war.

"Die Another Day" is a milestone for Bond, being the 20th film in the series and marking the Bond series's 40th anniversary.

Starring alongside Brosnan are Oscar winner Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, John Cleese and Judi Dench.

Brosnan at the royal premiere with co-star Halle Berry
Brosnan at the royal premiere with co-star Halle Berry

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they were "honoured" the film had been chosen as the annual Royal Film Performance.

"James Bond is the epitome of all things British," they said in a statement.

"We have enjoyed making the films in England and having the opportunity to work with such brilliant technicians and artists.

"We are incredibly proud that this event will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of such a worthy benefit for the British film community."

Recent films selected for the royal performance include "Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace," the boxing biopic "Ali" and "The Grinch."

Die Another Day goes on general release in the UK on Wednesday, and in the United States on Friday.

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