Sweden’s James Bond movie to premiere in small Swedish town

When two Swedes found themselves disappointed with some of the recent James Bond movies, they set out to make their own. Now it’s going to be released as a feature-length film in their hometown.

Mats-Ola Pålsson and Lars Gahlin have made Black Lights, which will premiere in Strömsnäsbruk, in Småland county in southern Sweden, at the end of May. The local newspaper Smålänningen was first to report.

“The whole premiere will be a miniature ‘Oscar gala’ with the red carpet, limousines and everything. The entire municipality is helping out and businesses are supplying champagne and food to make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Gahlin told The Local, saying it would be held at the town’s community cinema.

“My mum worked there as a projectionist in the 70s, so that makes it especially nice,” he added.

In the film, James Bond is played by Anders Cöster, a 58-year-old teacher from Landskrona. The Bond villain is played by the business director of Markaryd municipality, Bengt-Göran Söderlind. The film is made in English and there are hopes for it to released internationally.

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.