The James Bond franchise has been celebrating Bond’s 50th anniversary in films. Its birthday gift was a nice shiny Oscar won last February for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song to Adele for the song featured in the most recent Bond flick “Skyfall.” This Thursday, May 23, Camelot Theatres are featuring a full day of bond flicks to celebrate the James Bond 50th Anniversary.
All access pass for this event are $20 each, individual tickets are $10 general audience and $7 for seniors.
Screening schedule is as follows:
- Noon: “Goldfinger” (1965) starring Sean Connery and Honor Blackman, Featured Song: “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey
To many, the quintessential Bond film and a brilliant third entry in the series. Here Bond gets his Aston Martin, spars with two statuesque British beauties (Honor Blackman and Shirley Eaton) and pits his wits against a memorable villain, Auric Goldfinger. Add the first Shirley Bassey theme song and some exciting action sequences and the result is an explosive cocktail.
Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes
- 2:30 p.m. “Live and Let Die” (1973) starring Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto and Jane Seymour, Featured Song: “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney
Roger Moore makes his first appearance as “Bond…James Bond” in 1973s Live and Let Die. Bond is dispatched to the States to stem the activities of Mr. Big (Yaphet Kotto), who plans to take over the Western Hemisphere by converting everyone into heroin addicts. The woman in the case is Solitaire (Jane Seymour in her movie debut), an enigmatic interpreter of tarot cards. The obligatory destructive-chase sequence occurs at the films midpoint, with Bond being chased in a motorboat by Mr. Bigs henchmen, slashing his way through the marshlands and smashing up a wedding party. Clifton James makes the first of several Bond appearances as redneck sheriff Pepper, while Geoffrey Holder is an enthusiastic secondary villain.
Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute
- 5 p.m. “From Russia With Love” (1963) starring Sean Connery, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee and Daniela Bianchi, Featured Song: “From Russia with Love” by Matt Monro
Broccoli considered this as one of the best Fleming stories. Connery once again excelled and was well supported by a great cast including Robert Shaw, wonderfully menacing as a brutal killer; and Lotte Lenya as the Russian agent with the famous poison-tipped knife device in her shoe. The film also features many distinctive Bond motifs for the first time and its huge success firmly established the 007 films as a cultural phenomenon.
Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
- 7:30 p.m. “A View to A Kill” (1985) starring Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee, Patrick Bachau, David Yip and Fiona Fullerton, Featured Song: “A View to A Kill” by Duran Duran
Roger Moore is the enigmatic 007 in this stunt-laden adventure that pits Bond against a twisted German industrialist (Christopher Walken) and his sexy partner-in-crime (Grace Jones).
Runtime: 2 Hours 12 Minutes
For ticket information see www.CamelotTickets.com or call 1-888-718-4253 or 760-325-6565
Camelot Theatres are located at 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, California 92262 (see map)
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones and no texting, please don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com