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Hidden [pounds sterling]12.5m portrait of Omai to go on show at Tate No spoof, Casino Royale will be the next Bond film THE hidden [pounds sterling]12.5 million portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds of Omai is to go on show at Tate Britain in May in an exhibition of his work. One of Reynolds's finest paintings, it portrays the young Tahitian brought to England by Captain Cook. The work has been at the centre of an impasse since it was sold at auction for [pounds sterling]10.3 million to a foreign collector. But its export was blocked and it has been kept out of the public eye.

THE NEXT James Bond movie is to be Casino Royale, it was confirmed today.

The 21st 007 film is Ian Fleming's first Bond novel, published in 1953.

Rights to the book - basis of the 1967 spoof movie starring David Niven, Peter Sellers and Woody Allen - belong not to Cubby Broccoli but MGM, which plans to bring out its all-action version next year. Pierce Brosnan's successor as Bond is not yet cast.

Police name woman killed in blaze with two firefighters A WOMAN who died in a blaze at a block of flats which also claimed the lives of two firemen was named by police today.

Natalie Close, 32, a mother of two sons, perished in the fire which killed Michael Miller, 26, and Jeff Wornham, 28. A 37-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital today after the blaze in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

TV judge Cowell sentences himself to Caplin workouts SIMON COWELL has lost more than a stone with the help of Cherie Blair's fitness and fashion guru, Carole Caplin. Pop Idol and X-Factor judge Cowell, 45, who normally favours high-waisted trousers and tight T-shirts, has also been given tips on his wardrobe. …