On the Prince's secret service fundraiser duty
JAMES Bond is doing his bit for his colleagues in the intelligence service at GCHQ.
The world's most famous secret agent will be helping provide benefits to former staff at Cheltenham's listening post when he steps into action again later this year.
And it comes courtesy of a royal decree.
Prince Charles, who has been invited to the premiere of Bond's next big screen outing in October, has asked for proceeds from the event to go to charities supporting the intelligence services.
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Among the causes which will get a slice of the cash is the GC Fund, which supports former GCHQ staff .
Prince Charles, who will be heading to the London premiere of Skyfall on October 23, is Royal Patron of the Intelligence Services.
Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig, marks the 23rd film adventure in the long-running movie franchise and the third appearance by Craig.
The story sees Bond's loyalty to M, played by Judi Dench, tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, it features Spanish actor Javier Bardem as the villain.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Bond being immortalised on celluloid in the classic Dr No.
He was created by former intelligence officer Ian Fleming.
There are already strong links between Bond and royalty after the super spy was filmed skydiving with the queen during the opening of the Olympic Games earlier this year.