Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A James Bond Weekend

I'm lucky to live about two hundred yards from a movie theater, and extremely lucky that that movie theater is The Somerville Theatre, a place with great screens, and a place that occasionally shows old movies. And it serves beer. Did I mention that?

This weekend they showed original prints of the first six Bond films because this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the franchise. I was able to catch Dr. No, Thunderball, and my personal favorite, On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The print of Dr. No was a little faded and scratchy, but Thunderball and OHMSS were almost pristine, their colors popping. It was heavenly. A few images below.

Connery interrogates an enemy in Dr. No

From Thunderball. Wolfish grin.

The appearance of both George Lazenby, and a ruffled tux, in OHMSS.
Also, over the weekend, I re-read Moonraker, one of the oddities in Fleming's series, mostly because the entire adventure never moves away from England, and because of the bittersweet all-too-human ending, my favorite in all of the Bond books.

By the way, the only similarity between Fleming's book and the Roger Moore movie is the name of the villain, Hugo Drax. No laser beams in the book, or pigeons doing double-takes.

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