1. 'Bond, James Bond: The World Of 007' At Hofstra University

    By Devin Zydel on 2007-08-08

    Back in July, CBn reported that Raymond Benson had been named the 2007 Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Conference Scholar for the upcoming conference ‘Bond, James Bond–the World of 007’ at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York which is taking place in November 2007. Full details on the event follow:

    ‘Bond, James Bond: The World Of 007’

    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. Ideas, possible participation, papers and panel proposals in the form of a two-page abstract are encouraged.

    Inquiries and abstracts are asked to be submitted by email no later than August 15, 2007.

    Invited guests include:

    • Robert Davi (Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Conference Artist) is an actor who has appeared in over 60 movies and played Franz Sanchez in License to Kill. In addition, he played FBI Agent Bailey Malone for four and a half years on NBC’s Profiler.
    • Raymond Benson (Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Conference Scholar) is an author, composer and stage director, who wrote The James Bond Bedside Companion as well as novelizations of Bond screenplays and was commissioned to write six original Bond novels. He was also the Vice President of the James Bond 007 Fan Club, and is on the board of directors of the Ian Fleming Foundation.
    • Lee Pfeiffer, author, editor and publisher of The Essential James Bond: An Authorized Guide to the World of 007, James Bond’s London and The Art of James Bond. He is also a documentary producer who produced The Goldfinger Phenomenon and The Making of Thunderball, The Making of Goldfinger & The Thunderball Phenomenon.
    • Lois H. Gresh is Technical Communications Director of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at the University of Rochester, and co-author of The Science of James Bond (with Robert Weinberg).

    Conference Events: Panels and presentations from among the following topics:

    Writing Bond (novels and screenplays)
    Bond’s villians
    Bond Girls Grow Up (55 years of change)
    Bond and the World of Spies
    Location, Location, Location: Bond Goes Around the World
    American Ornithologist, Author of Birds of the West Indies: The Real James Bond
    Bond and Q’s Gadgets (cars, weapons and other gimmicks fit for super-heroes)
    Pre-Conference Events: Film Screenings of Bond Films.

    Post-Conference Event: Friday, November 9, 2007 at 8 p.m.

    License to Swing: the Music of James Bond

    A concert featuring the songs and music from the James Bond films, as part of the Joseph G. Astman International Concert Series. Pianist Ted Howe and his quartet, with special guest vocalists, will take you on an exciting jazz excursion into the timeless music of 007. Featuring selections by such composers as John Barry, Lionel Bart and Anthony Newley, you’ll thrill to new adaptations of familiar James Bond themes including From Russia With Love, Diamonds are Forever, You Only Live Twice and many more.

    For further contact information, visit the official Hofstra Cultural Center website.

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