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Mid Wales celebrates James Bond heritage

The Aston Martin from 'Quantum of Solace' stops at Penbryn Beach Photo: ITV News Wales

A seven-day tour to celebrate the James Bond legacy visited mid-Wales today.

Penbryn Beach in Ceredigion featured prominently in the 2002 Bond film 'Die Another Day' and many of the Bond costumes were created by Oscar-winning Welsh designer Lindy Hemming.

Lindy says she feels a close connection to Ceredigion and Penbryn beach, having spent holidays there as a child. Her work features in 'Goldeneye', 'Die Another Day' and 'Casino Royale'.

Of her eleven years designing Bond costumes, starting when Pierce Brosnan took over as Bond, Lindy said: "My mission was to create a new James Bond look and style, which was a challenge that I loved."

Day three of the '007 Days of Bond' tour saw the Aston Martin DBS from 'Quantum of Solace' stop at Penbryn Beach around 11.30am. Lindy then presented a commemorative gold disc to the Welsh National Trust.

The James Bond series has strong links with Wales, with a host of Welsh actors and singers starring in the films over the years.

Timothy Dalton, who played Bond in 'The Living Daylights' and 'Licence to Kill', was born in Colwyn Bay.

Meanwhile Desmond Llewelyn, who played Q in 17 of the Bond films between 1963 and 1999, was born in Newport and was the son of a coal-mining engineer.

Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce co-starred in the 1997 Bond film 'Tomorrow Never Dies'.

Wales has contributed to the musical side of the film series too. Tiger Bay-born Shirley Bassey is the voice behind the most Bond themes – recording the title songs for 'Goldfinger', 'Diamonds Are Forever' and 'Moonraker', while Tom Jones sang the theme to 1965's 'Thunderball'.