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James Bond anniversary event 007 Days of Bond tours UK

Image caption Scenes for the new Bond, Skyfall, were shot in the Scottish Highlands

James Bond film stars are to appear at UK locations used in the 007 movies to mark the 50th anniversary of the franchise.

Former Bond girls, including Eunice Gayson, Britt Ekland and Shirley Eaton, and villain Richard Kiel are also among the cast for the 007 Days of Bond tour.

The locations include Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland, Penbryn Beach in Wales, and Stoke Park in England.

The latest film, Skyfall, will open in cinemas next month.

Some of the scenes for that feature were shot in London and also Glen Etive, the White Corries and Dalness Lodge in the Highlands.

Roger Moore, 84, who starred in seven Bond films between 1973 and 1985, has officially launched 007 Days of Bond.

Image caption Roger Moore appeared in seven Bond films

Gayson, a Bond girl in Dr No and From Russia With Love in the 1960s, will appear at Eilean Donan Castle in Kyle of Lochalsh on Monday. The castle was used for The World Is Not Enough, which starred Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent.

Later on Monday, a helicopter will retrace the route of a chase scene from From Russia With Love near Lochgilphead, in Argyll, where the scene was filmed.

Over the following days, the event will tour the UK with stop-offs at Penbryn Beach, Ceredigion; Nene Valley Railway, Peterborough; Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, and The Eden Project, Cornwall.

It will finish in London on 23 and 24 September.

Stars making appearances include Eaton, who was covered in gold paint in Goldfinger, and Kiel who played villain-turned-good-guy Jaws.

Oscar-winning Lindy Hemming, a costume designer on several Bonds including 2006's Casino Royale, stunt co-ordinator Paul Weston and director John Glen are also to take part.

The tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of the franchise and the release of 22 of the films on Blu-ray.

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