Boris Johnson uses Downing Street’s £2.6m briefing room to watch new James Bond film

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Boris Johnson with Sir Patrick Vallance (R) and Chris Whitty (L) - Getty
Boris Johnson with Sir Patrick Vallance (R) and Chris Whitty (L) - Getty

The £2.6 million Downing Street briefing room was used by Boris Johnson to watch the new James Bond film, it has been confirmed.

It is understood that the Prime Minister attended the screening of No Time To Die at Number 9 Downing Street after hours on Thursday.

As a result, the Westminster lobby briefing with political journalists, which is usually held in the Number 9 briefing room, had to take place in a room in Number 10 on both Thursday and Friday.

A Number 10 spokesman said that on Thursday “the Prime Minister met with Pinewood Studios, Universal Pictures, Eon Productions and the BFI to congratulate them on the success of the latest James Bond instalment – a testament to the talent of the British creative industry.

“An evening film screening took place for staff, who made voluntary donations, with all proceeds going to Sarcoma UK,” he added.

Daniel Craig playing James Bond and Ana de Armas playing Paloma in the new Bond film No Time To Die - Nicola Dove/PA Wire
Daniel Craig playing James Bond and Ana de Armas playing Paloma in the new Bond film No Time To Die - Nicola Dove/PA Wire

All installation costs were said to have been met by the companies involved. Similar screenings have happened previously.

The £2.6 million renovations to the briefing room took place under plans to hold daily televised press conferences to be led by former journalist Allegra Stratton, who was appointed as the Prime Minister's press secretary.

Downing Street was later forced to insist there was no security threat after it emerged that a Russian-owned company helped with the renovations.

However, in April it emerged the televised briefings plan had been scrapped and Ms Stratton was moved to become a spokeswoman for the Cop26 climate summit.

Since then, Mr Johnson and his Cabinet ministers have used the room for press conferences to keep the public informed during the coronavirus pandemic.

No Time To Die took more than £50 million at the UK box office after just two weekends on release, which was enough to make it one of the top 10 highest-grossing 007 movies of all time.

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