We cannot help but look forward to Affinion’s annual Ace Awards in Portsmouth, and this year they tasked us with building a spectacular James Bond experience for their staff. The venue Tiger Tiger on Gunwharf Quays played host to the ceremony, transforming the space with staging, projections and slick decor.
On arrival guests were patted down by our mini security guards, complete with metal detectors and an in-built ability to identify which guests were ‘dodgy’, which drew many a smile! And as partygoers ascended the stairs they were greeted by an electronic string duo performing covers of infamous Bond tracks. Our Russian ice hostesses showed them into the venue, where our topless hosts in Daniel Craig swimming trunks made the girls grin and the chaps jealous!
Sipping on champagne and enjoying canapes, our Shirley Bassey tribute artist performed classic 007 material – her voice is simply phenomenal, and she really added wow factor to the drinks reception. And as the show drew to a close, our stunning red showgirls escorted the CEO to the stage for the awards to begin. Each winner posed for photos with the showgirls and our photographer, as our videographers captured all the action on film.
We warmed up the party with Oddjob, Jaws and Daniel Craig lookalikes, along with a Keith Lemon lookalike who came dressed in a smart suit and signature ridiculous shoes! And even Shirley Bassey ushered guests onto the dancefloor to pose for a snap, as the DJ played dancefloor classics to warm everyone up. Our Russian ice hostesses beckoned guests over to the 007 ice luge, pouring vodka in one end for guests to catch in their mouths at the other end. And our two classical dancers performed in two giant martini glass props, which were fully illuminated offering a dynamic photo opportunity.
Gold body painted Bond girls roamed with hand-written signs announcing that dinner was now being served in the ceremony room, so guests were free to wander between the party rooms and the buffet area. And our exceptional hypnotist and magician moved from table to table demonstrating pickpocketing, pin number guessing and contemporary magic tricks.
Sugar Skull stilt walkers joined the party in our bespoke Spectre costumes, inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead fiesta in the film. And guests were led into the photo booth – complete with silly props – before the band took to the stage with a host of commercial covers and rockier numbers.
Huge kudos to every single performer, as our changing space was limited. And a special thank you to our event manager Sophie who ensured everything ticked over as it should. We look forward to working with Affinion again this summer.