Crowd barriers and the paparazzi snapping Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and the latest 007, Pierce Brosnan, lent the service at the Odeon in the West End of London the atmosphere of a movie premiere. "We're thrilled to be part of the legend," the famous special agents said.
Albert Broccoli, who produced 17 Bond films, died last June at his home in Beverley Hills, California, at the age of 87, but his friends and family decided that the memorial service should be held in Britain. A spokeswoman for his production company, Eon, said: "He spent more than 40 years living and working in London and a lot of people wanted to do something here."
With Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny, Desmond Llewelyn, the gadget scientist Q, and Shirley Eaton, immortalised in gold paint in the film Goldfinger, also in the audience, the James Bond fans who gathered outside could barely contain their excitement.
Broccoli's wife, Dana, organised yesterday's service and his daughter, Barbara, and stepson, Michael Wilson, are working on the next Bond film.