The 23rd James Bond film is getting grown men excited. Again.
When Skyfall opens on screen at Cineworld Broad Street’s invitation-only Midlands premiere tonight, there will be beaming smiles all round.
And none bigger than on the faces of cinema manager Paul Millington and his former chief projectionist Mick Corfield.
Yes, the opening of Cineworld’s brand new £1 million IMAX screen will provide an added lustre to proceedings.
But, even without that magical extra, they both acknowledge that 007 always brings out the little boy in grown men. Guaranteed.
Father-of-three Mick, 52, is still arranging holidays around each film’s release, even though he lost his job at Cineworld two years ago when the digital age arrived like a merciless Bond villain to begin killing off traditional projectionists.
Now a leading official with the Midland wing of broadcasting union Bectu, he hasn’t let his new job get in the way of his hero.
He says: “James Bond was the first father figure I found in my life.
“I realise now that perhaps he’s not the best role model I could have chosen.
“But while my family is the love of my life and the Baggies are my passion, James Bond is my hobby.”
He’s seen each film at least 10 times, met all six Bond actors and been to every 007 premiere since 1983, including the one for Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall this week.
Having already seen the world’s first screening of the film in London the week before that, tonight’s regional premiere will be his third encounter with Daniel Craig’s third outing in the role.
This time, Mick might not need the headache tablets he took prior to watching the world’s first public screening with me when we headed the queue for the best seats at London’s 1,600 seater flagship Leicester Square Odeon.
“I think Skyfall is a brilliant drama and it’s in my top five along with On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Casino Royale, The Spy Who Loved Me and Licence to Kill,” he says.
For Paul Millington, the desire to see Bond on his prized new IMAX screen is building up to one of the great moments of his life.
“I’ve been here for six years, since two months before Casino Royale was released in 2006 funnily enough, and the cinema has been here for 13 years.
“As well as the IMAX screen, we are giving the whole building a complete makeover with new signage, decor and carpets.
“It will be like Birmingham is getting a new cinema.”