It Wasn't Cheap To Host James Bond-Themed Bash

Sweden's spy agency sanctioned the elegant party last year. It cost more than $650,000 at a time when the government was pushing austerity measures.

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Next, we have the story of a party for spies that did not stay classified. This 007 bash is today's last word in business.

(SOUNDBITE OF "JAMES BOND THEME")

INSKEEP: Sweden's spy agency threw a James Bond themed party. There was a band, musicians dressed in tuxedos playing the Bond theme, roulette tables, celebrity entertainers. But here's the problem, it cost more than $650,000 to throw that party in June of last year - $650,000 right in the middle of a push for government austerity.

The secret service agency for the Swedes says the evening party came after a long day of educational activities.

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