Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Flickers #3: Bond-O-Rama at the Beach Theatre

Quantum of Solace, the James Bond movie bearing perhaps the least appealing title of the long-running action movie franchise, is just around the corner.

Due to hit screens Nov. 7, Quantum (named for the new SPECTRE-like organization of baddies) marks Daniel Craig's second appearance as Agent OO7, following last year's violent, hard-edged Casino Royale remake, directed by Martin Campbell. That movie picked up $594 million at the box office worldwide.

The new film, directed by Marc Forster (Stranger Than Fiction, Finding Neverland), is also the series' first official sequel, according to Entertainment Weekly:

"The plot picks up just an hour after the ending of Casino Royale, with Bond discovering that the mysterious Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), the guy he shot in the leg before the closing credits of the last film, is one tiny part of a global conspiracy with tentacles in Chile, Italy, Austria, and scads of other exotic Bondian locales," wrote EW;s Benjamin Svetkey.

Meanwhile, a celebration of the older, funnier, less serious Bond films is slated for this weekend at the Beach Theatre on St. Petersburg Beach.

Seven Bond movies will be shown multiple times throughout the weekend (Aug. 22-24), with a seven-film pass going for - appropriately enough - $7.

The tally:

5 star Sean Connery (IMO, the terminally dapper once and future king of Bonds): Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967)

1 stars Roger Moore: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

1 stars Pierce Brosnan (my second favorite Bond): GoldenEye (1995), also directed by Campbell.

As if restored, new 35mm prints of Dr. No, From Russia With Love and Goldfinger weren't enough attraction, the Beach Theatre is also enhancing the experience with vodka martinis - shaken, not stirred! - at the lobby, served by the theater's own Bond girls.

For all the details, click here

The Beach Theatre is at 315 Corey Avenue. Phone: 727 360-6697.

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