HOLLYWOOD heartthrob Daniel Craig has spoken of his affection for a Wirral charity as his latest Bond blockbuster reaches the box office.
The Cheshire-born actor, who was raised in Hoylake, is the sixth man to play Ian Fleming’s secret agent James Bond and he received a flurry of attention as his new film Skyfall premiered this week.
But despite red carpet demands, the star took time out to back Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and add his seal of approval to their fundraiser inspired by him.
He also praised the “exceptional” level of care received by members of his family at the Bromborough-based hospital.
Daniel said: “People close to me have received treatment from the amazing staff at the cancer centre, so I would urge everybody to do all they can to support Clatterbridge.”
The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity is holding the The Clatterbridge Bond Ball next month and is hoping to get as much support as possible as well as Money Pennies.
Organisers said they were inspired to create the event because of the 43-year-old actor’s support of the centre’s work and promised a night of glamour, sophistication and espionage.
Event manager Samantha Archibald said “With Daniel’s support of the charity and the release of Skyfall we couldn’t resist holding our very own 007 celebration.
“The Clatterbridge Bond Ball is going to be a fantastic evening and a chance for everyone to experience some of the James Bond glamour we love, as well as helping us to continue funding vital research, treatment and care for Clatterbridge cancer patients and their families.”
The Bond Ball takes place at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral’s stunning Luytens Crypt on Friday, November 23.
The evening will feature a fun “Casino Royale”, live music and dancing until late.
It starts with a cocktail reception before guests enjoy a delicious three-course meal.
There will also be Bond-themed prizes.
The charity’s events team said it wants the Bond Ball to be a truly unforgettable occasion “shaken not stirred of course!”
Tickets are priced from £50. Call 0151-482 7948 or visit www.clatterbridgecc.org.uk