Bond Girl Madeline will ‘Q the Music’ at Kings Theatre show

Madeline Smith and Roger Moore in Live and Let Die
Madeline Smith and Roger Moore in Live and Let Die
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A FORMER Bond girl will be taking to the stage in Portsmouth for a James Bond-themed concert this weekend.

Madeline Smith, who starred as Miss Caruso in the 007 flick Live and Let Die – Roger Moore’s first outing as the secret agent – will be featuring as the compere for a concert at the Kings Theatre in Southsea on Sunday night – which she says ‘means more’ than any concert she’s done before.

Actress Madeline Smith now

Actress Madeline Smith now

The James Bond Concert Spectacular will be performed by Q The Music Show, featuring the most well-known and well-loved songs from the 007 franchise.

Madeline says she stumbled across the role ‘by chance’ – but with a special connection to the area, cannot wait to perform in Portsmouth.

She said: ‘About two years ago the orchestra appeared in Pinewood. I went along but was told there was no room, so had to go home.

‘When Warren Wringham from the orchestra found out about it he invited me in and I became a huge fan – I went along to performances in Fleet and Surrey, among others.

‘Soon after that I was asked to become the compere for the orchestra. I accepted the offer but had never done anything like this before.’

Having now done a couple of shows, Madeline says she is looking forward to bringing the show to Portsmouth – a city that she says is of great emotional importance to her.

She said: ‘I have done two shows so far and have absolutely loved it, because I can really just be myself.

‘It is a scripted performance but I have a tendency to go off-piste a little and engage with the audience, which is a big reason why I enjoy it.

‘When I started doing this I was a bit scared, but now I love it more than anything I have ever done.

‘Portsmouth, and Southsea in particular, is a place that is very important to me.

‘My best friend from school lives in Southsea so I am always popping down here to see her – and many of my ancestors are also buried in Highland Road Cemetery, since they had a naval background.

‘To be part of a performance down here is very touching for me. Being here in Portsmouth means so much more to me than any of the other performances I have done so far.

‘Portsmouth is a wonderful place and this is a wonderful theatre.’

Tickets are still available for the concert, which will start at 6pm on Sunday.

To purchase tickets people can go to kingsportsmouth.co.uk/whats-on/music/james-bond.