Employees at UK cinemas will soon don night vision goggles to catch anyone illegally recording movies, according to a report in The Telegraph.

The crackdown comes as Metro Goldwyn Mayer prepares to release the latest James Bond film, Spectre.

Security will be beefed up at cinemas across the UK to prevent anyone attempting to record the movie, with experts suggesting that movie pirates are resorting to increasingly clandestine tactics.

New tactics include hiding recording devices in holes cut in popcorn cartons or covering their phones with a sock to hide the lit screen.

MGM are determined that pirates don’t succeed with Spectre however, with security set to patrol auditoriums with night vision goggles.

Kieron Sharp, director general of Federation Against Copyright Theft, comments: “The bigger the film and the more anticipated it is, the higher risk it is. We have staff on extra alert for that.

“James Bond is a big risk and we will be working with cinema operators and the distributors making sure we will keep that as tight as possible. We really don’t want to see that recorded.

“They are on alert, particularly with the bigger films like James Bond, to really drill down to who is in the auditorium and who might possibly be recording.

“They still do the sweeps around the auditoriums with the night vision glasses regardless of the film. But sometimes extra security is put in place for things like Bond.”

News of the increased security measures come hot on the heels of a 33-year-old being arrested in Nottinghamshire for allegedly filming American Ultra and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

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