Two of the best James Bond adventures appear on a double bill as part of the American Cinematheque’s three-day festival featuring the exploits of Ian Fleming’s famous superspy. 007 expert Steve Rubin will introduce the screenings and hold a trivia contest.
GOLDFINGER, 1964, MGM Repertory, 111 min. Dir. Guy Hamilton. “Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?” “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die …” cackles homicidal villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), as he prepares to re-arrange 007’s secret equipment with a laser beam, in what is widely considered to be the best of the classic Sean Connery Bond pictures and a high point in 1960s pop culture. (Dig the Aston Martin! the Shirley Bassey-sung theme song!) Co-starring the saucy Honor Blackman as Bond’s nemesis-turned-partner Pussy Galore, with Shirley Eaton as the gold-painted girl, Harold Sakata as mute assassin Oddjob, and the venerable home office team of Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell and Desmond Llewelyn. Terrific high-60s production design by series veteran Ken Adam.
THUNDERBALL, 1965, MGM Repertory, 130 min. Dir. Terence Young. We have to admit this is one of our favorite Bonds, with three of the most dynamic Bond women ever: Claudine Auger as Domino, compromised heroine and mistress to eyepatch-wearing villain Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi); fiery Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe, an extremely lethal femme fatale; and Martine Beswick as Paula, Bond’s assistant. Bond has his therapeutic rest cure cut short when a British bomber with two A-bombs aboard is hijacked by SPECTRE and secreted below the waters of the Caribbean. Winner of the Oscar for Best Special Effects (John Stears). Trailer James Bond expert Steve Rubin will introduce the film and hold a trivia contest at 7:00 PM.