1. James Bond Season At BFI IMAX

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-04-04

    James Bond season continues this May at BFI IMAX to continue the centenary celebrations of producer Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli.

    Five classic 007 films will be screened in early May on the biggest screen in Britain. In addition, a Bond All-Nighter will take place in late April, featuring four back-to-back Bond film screenings, including Dr. No.

    Please note: these James Bond screenings are Digital Cinema Presentations and not an IMAX® presentations.

    Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli

    Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli

    Bond All-Nighter

    Saturday, 25 April, 23:30

    Dr No
    After a pending legal case scuppered plans to make Thunderball the first Bond film, Broccoli and Saltzman decided on Dr No. Sean Connery was cast in the lead role and the film featured the usual Broccoli touch of exotic locations: this time Jamaica and surrounding waters, from which a bikini-clad Andress memorably emerged. A fast-paced, colourful romp, the film became an enormous hit worldwide.

    To many, the quintessential Bond film and a brilliant third entry in the series following the terrific From Russia With Love. Here Bond gets his Aston Martin, spars with two statuesque British beauties (Honor Blackman and Shirley Eaton) and pits his wits against a memorable villain, Auric Goldfinger. Add the first Shirley Bassey theme song and some exciting action sequences and the result is a near-perfect cocktail.

    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    Connery’s decision to quit as Bond left Broccoli and Saltzman with a headache. The press went into overdrive speculating on Connery’s successor; while the producers chose good-looking Australian actor George Lazenby after successful screen tests. Avengers superstar Diana Rigg was brought in as an added lure and the resulting action-packed film ensured that the franchise would continue.

    The Spy Who Loved Me
    Broccoli had been having problems with his business partner and, after Golden Gun, UA bought out Saltzman’s share: this is the first Bond film where Broccoli has sole producer credit. The pre-credit sequence features arguably the most daring stunt in all Bondage, when ski-jumper Rick Sylvester (doubling for Moore) skis off the edge of a cliff and seems to fall endlessly before triggering a Union Jack parachute. On initial release the stunt drew spontaneous rounds of applause from disbelieving audiences.

    Friday, 1 May, 21:00

    Saturday, 2 May, 21:00

    You Only Live Twice
    Sunday, 3 May, 21:00

    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    Monday, 4 May, 21:00

    The Spy Who Loved Me
    Tuesday, 5 May, 21:00

    Click here to book tickets.

    As always, keep watching for all the latest on James Bond-related events happening around the world.