One lucky sixth-form student "couldn't believe" she attended the premiere of the new Bond film last night, having won the tickets in a competition run by the team behind the proposed new film studio in Marlow.

17-year-old, Emily Kirby rubbed shoulders with Royals and A-listers on the red carpet outside the Royal Albert Hall for the highly anticipated 25th James Bond installment, No Time to Die.

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Emily and her mum Lisa Mathie from Penn joined senior royals HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with stars including Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Rami Malek and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, for the first of 57 global premieres.

The Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School student aspires to become a structural engineer and wants to use her skills to build sets for major film productions.

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She won the competition’s judges over, with her 50-word entry on at last finding a use for her Prom dress, which she didn’t get a chance to use last year due to the pandemic.

Emily said: “I’m still in shock.

"I applied for the competition in a rush after returning home from school on Friday while getting ready for work, at my local pub as a waitress.

"I never expected to win but decided to enter anyway because you’ve got to be in it to win it.

"What an emotional rollercoaster, just crazy.

"I still can't believe it's actually append but it was one of the best Bond films yet."

The teenager has also reviewed the new film in a specially recorded video now live on the Marlow Studio Project’s Facebook page.

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The once-in-a-lifetime experience was arranged by Robert Laycock, great nephew of Bond author Ian Fleming and founder of Marlow Studios.

Robert Laycock said: “The James Bond movies have been produced just a few miles from Marlow for nearly six decades, which is why I’m so passionate about securing Marlow’s legacy as the destination for award-winning and prestigious filmmaking,” says Laycock, who also lives locally.

“Marlow will be one of the world’s leading places for film and TV production. The Studio will support the best of British filmmaking like “No Time to Die” and ensure South Buckinghamshire remains at the absolute centre of the production of global blockbusters.

“Making more British Films with Bond-level scale and impact for the silver screen is a phenomenal opportunity for the UK. Once approved, the project will deliver thousands of new jobs and training within the creative sector plus boost this prestigious piece of the local economy.”

The proposed new state-of-the-art television and film studio is being planned to be built on a former landfill site beside the A404 at the Westhorpe junction.

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The team behind the project have said they welcome any thoughts and feedback on the project and are hoping to hear from residents about how the studio can enrich the local area.