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Agent 007 Bursts On The Scene At Village Theatre Jan. 29

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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020 10:40 am

The name’s Bond, James Bond, and he’s coming to town on Wednesday, Jan. 29, to charm the women and kill the bad guys. Coronado Island Film Festival’s popular Classic Movie Series will present “Dr. No,” which launched the enduring 58- year-old franchise in 1962 and would make James Bond a household name and a cultural icon. The film will screen at 5 p.m. at Coronado’s Village Theatre, 820 Orange Ave. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the theater box office. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

The film stars Scottish actor Sean Connery, then age 30, as British M16 spy James Bond, known as “Agent 007,” the first (and for many, the favorite) of an impressive list of actors who have brought author Ian Fleming’s colorful, swaggering, sexy and unstoppable character to life on the big screen.

Connery would go on to star in the first five Bond films: “Dr. No” (1962), “From Russia With Love” (1963), “Goldfinger” (1964), “Thunderball” (1965), and “You Only Live Twice” (1967). He would return in 1971 and 1983 to star in “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Never Say Never Again,” respectively.

Ever the traveler to glamorous and exotic places, “Dr. No,” will find Bond headed to Jamaica to investigate the death of a British intelligence chief. There he meets Honey Ryder, the first Bond girl, played by Ursula Andress (referred to by politically incorrect 60s Bond fans as “Ursula Undress”). Bond also discovers the existence of an evil organization known as SPECTRE (or, Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion).

In a 2000 interview with film critic Roger Ebert, Connery said, “With James Bond, people are sure there’s gonna be a bit of sex, a bit of fun, a bit of action, a bit of drama, and it’s gonna be a bit of a joyride.” And so it begins…

The 25th Bond film, “No Time to Die,” starring another popular Bond, Daniel Craig, is due in theaters in April of this year. Ironically it starts off with Bond living in Jamaica, where it all began. It is to be Craig’s final turn in the role, sparking debate as to who the next actor will be to step into the iconic role of Bond.

CIFF Executive Director Merridee Book invites you to join the CIFF board of directors and staff for a season kick-off reception at 4:30 p.m. in the theatre auditorium to meet and greet fellow classic film buffs and discuss the exciting 2020 Classic lineup. (Hint: Bond will be back.)

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