Boris uses 009 to watch 007: PM ‘hosts private screening of latest James Bond film No Time to Die’ for staff in Downing Street briefing room renovated at cost of £2.6m to the taxpayer

  • PM and staff said to have used room in 9 Downing Street for private screening
  • Space is most familiar to the public as the setting for Covid press conferences
  • It was renovated at cost of £2.6m for press conferences that were later scrapped 

Downing Street is facing questions over its use of a media briefing room renovated at a £2.6million cost to the taxpayer today after it was reportedly used by Boris Johnson for a private James Bond screening.

The Prime Minister and staff are said to have used the room in 009 Downing Street to see 007 save the world on behalf of Britain in No Time To Die.

The room is most familiar to the public as the setting for Covid press conferences and was most recently used by Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Wednesday. 

The film, which is Daniel Craig’s swansong as James Bond, has become just the second Hollywood movie of 2021 to take more than $500million at the box office.

No10 confirmed the screening went ahead, but said those present made voluntary donations to a cancer charity. 

The Prime Minister and staff are said to have used the room in 009 Downing Street – seen here last Month-  to see 007 save the world on behalf of Britain in No Time To Die

A spokesman for the PM (pictured today in West London) was unable to answer questions on the screening this afternoon

The film, which is Daniel Craig’s swansong as James Bond, has become just the second Hollywood movie of 2021 to take more than $500million at the box office.

A No 10 spokesman said: ‘Yesterday 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 British creative industry.

‘An evening film screening took place for staff who made voluntary donations, with all proceeds going to Sarcoma UK.’

The unusual use of the room was revealed by the Times today. In March it was revealed Downing Street spent more than £2.6million on refurbishing the room so the Prime Minister could hold White House-style press briefings.

The extensive overhaul within No 9 Downing Street began last year when the Government announced plans to hold the televised briefings.

In response to a Freedom of Information request, the Cabinet Office issued a breakdown of the costs totalling £2,607,767.67, largely excluding VAT.

It said the funds had been spent to allow daily broadcasting by news organisations within the Grade-I listed building.

Mr Johnson later scrapped the plans to hold regular televised briefings, though irregular ones, mainly about Covid, are held there.

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