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  1. Tom Mankiewicz To Take Part In 'Bond, James Bond' Symposium

    CBn previously reported earlier this year that several notable figures in the world of James Bond, including Raymond Benson, Robert Davi and Lee Pfeiffer would be attending the ‘Bond, James Bond–the World of 007’ symposium at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York which is taking place in November 2007.

    We have since learned that Tom Mankiewicz, best known by Bond fans for the screenplays to Diamonds Are Forever, Live And Let Die and The Man With The Golden Gun, will also be participating in the event via a video conference.

    In addition, John Griswold, author of 2005’s Ian Fleming’s James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s Bond Stories, has also been added to the guest list.

    The Hofstra Cultural Center has plans underway for a conference on James Bond, Bond, James Bond: The World of 007, that will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, November 6, 7, and 8, 2007. Events will include the screening of a number of Bond films, panel discussions on topics related to Bond including Bond villians, Bond women and Bond gadgets; examination of Bond on the page and Bond on the screen, with the inclusion of a celebrity or two associated with the Bond films.

    Panels and presentations include the following:

    • Raymond Benson on “The James Bond Phenomenon”
    • “Bond’s Weapons, Gadgets and Cars – Science, Fantasy, Commerce”
    • “Bond Girls Grow Up”
    • “A Bond Pot-Pourri,” featuring the presentations “The Psyche of a Bond Collector;” “Enigma Variations: The SPECTRE in Ian Fleming’s Thunderball and Terence Young’s Film;” and “Helm, Matt Helm: A Comparison of James Bond and His Chief American Rival”
    • “Playing a Bond Villain”: actor Robert Davi interviewed by Lee Pfeiffer
    • “Writing Bond” – panel discussion featuring authors, Raymond Benson, Lois Gresh, John Griswold, Deborah Lipp and Lee Pfeiffer (to be followed by a book signing)
    • Cocktail hour and dinner, featuring a piano medley of Bond music by Raymond Benson.

    Pre-Symposium Film Screenings of Bond Films:

    • October 16: Dr. No (1962) and Casino Royale (2006)
    • October 23: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) and Live and Let Die (1973)
    • October 30: Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983)
    • November 6: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and GoldenEye (1995)
    • November 7: Licence to Kill (1989) – with an introduction by Robert Davi and Die Another Day (2002)

    Films will be shown from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The October 16 and 23 screenings will be held at the Multipurpose Room East, located in the Mack Student Center on Hofstra’s North Campus. The October 30, November 6 and 7 screenings will be at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, located on the first floor of Hofstra’s Axinn Library on the South Campus.

    For further information, visit this updated page on the official website or phone 516-463-5669.

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    Devin Zydel @ 2007-10-12
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