Valentino and James Bond’s Night Out

by Sydney Sadick

Is Valentino a James Bond fan? From last night’s screening of Spectre, hosted by Champagne Bollinger and The Cinema Society, it looks like it! The designer showed face at the blockbuster’s screening, staring Daniel Craig, who plays Ian Fleming’s agent 007, along with fashion darlings including Lindsay Ellington, Olivia PalermoJohannes Huebl, Yigal Azrouël, Jessica Hart, and June Ambrose. Also joining the fun (and who made their way to the afterparty at The Lion) were Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford, Alan Cumming, Gina Gershon, Patti Smith, Dree Hemingway, Nolan Funk, Zuleikha Robinson, Dan Abrams, plus more.

A brief rundown of the film (directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Brocco)…
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

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