James Bond is notorious for blowing things up, and he does not disappoint in “Spectre,” the latest installment in the long-running film franchise, which set the Guinness World Record for the largest film stunt explosion ever.
However, thanks to a combined effort of Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits and Grand Old House Restaurant, James Bond is helping to build Cayman HospiceCare’s new facility.
The Bollinger Spectre dinner held Nov. 7 included a free-flowing Bollinger Champagne reception, entry for a private screening of the new James Bond film at Regal Theatre Stadium 6 at Camana Bay, followed by a four-course dinner with more Champagne, Belvedere martinis, Heineken beer and theme-appropriate wines.
The guests were asked to dress either in elegant black-tie attire, or as their favorite Bond character, bringing out a variety of costumes.
Fifty dollars from each event ticket purchase was donated to Cayman HospiceCare, earmarked specifically to help raise funds for a new $3 million facility.
On Nov. 20, Cayman HospiceCare champion Derek Haines, who single-handedly raised over US$1 million for the facility by getting sponsorships for his efforts in running six marathons last year, collected a check for $4,050 from Grand Old House Head of Operations Luciano De Riso and Jacques Scott Wine Marketing Manager Lee Royle last week. Mr. Haines said the donation took the total raised for the Cayman HospiceCare building to more than US$1.7 million.
Mr. Haines, who attended the event dressed in a black tuxedo, was joined by a slightly larger-then-life-size cardboard cutout of himself, dressed in a white tuxedo, leading to some humorous photo opportunities.
A ceremonial ground breaking for the new HospiceCare building is expected to take place before the end of this year with construction to start in early 2016. Mr. Haines said if all goes as planned, the new facility would open by the end of next year.
This was the second time Jacques Scott has hosted a Bollinger event timed with the release of a new James Bond film. Bollinger is the long-standing official Champagne of the film franchise. In 2012, Jacques Scott had a similar event at Luca Restaurant when “Skyfall” opened in Cayman. Mr. Royle said he sees no reason not to continue the events when the next James Bond movie comes out.
“I don’t see why not,” he said. “It’s great for us; we get three different brands covered with the events.”