This weekend, London’s Barbican pays tribute to Bond’s creator with special screenings in his centenary year.
At the beginning of the year, Barbican Centre’s Film Club asked its members to vote the best bond film.
Londoners seem to have forgiven Sean Connery for his support to Scottish nationalists and their separatism. Or, may be Londoners prefer to take up things independently in their correct perspective on their own merits and don’t mix up politics and art.
When it came to selecting the best Bond films of all times, three of all the top four places went to Connery-starrers:
- Goldfinger (1964)- Director: Guy Hamilton, Lead: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton
- From Russia With Love (1963)- Director: Terence Young, Lead:Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Lotte Lenya
- Casino Royale (2006)- Director: Martin Campbell, Lead: Daniel Craig, Eva Green
- Dr.No (1962)- Director: Terence Young, Lead:Sean Connery, Ursula Andress
But Barbican’s commemorative screenings are NOT scheduled in same order:
FIRST DAY – Saturday, June 7, 2008
6.00 pm From Russia with Love – Location: Cinema 3
8.45 pm Goldfinger – Location: Cinema 1
You may drink special Vodka Martinis at the bar on this floor before the show.
SECOND DAY – Sunday, June 8, 2008
6.00 pm Casino Royale – Location: Cinema 3
8.45 pm Dr. No – Location: Cinema 3
Cinema 1 is on the second floor BELOW the entrance level. Cinema 3 is on the fourth level ABOVE the entrance level. Non-members will have to pay £8.50 while members pay £6 only for each show.
HOW TO REACH THERE:
The nearest tubestation is Barbican to the northwest, serviced by Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith amp; City tube lines. When you come out of the station at the street level, you are probably facing Aldersgate Street. (There is a foot-overbridge from the upper level of the station.) You have to cross the street, and then turn left to Beech Street, which is partly a road tunnel. Walk through the tunnel and the first turn to the right lands you on the Silk Street. The main entrance to the Barbican is a few feet down the street. You are walking southeast.
The next nearest station is Moorgate to the southeast serviced by Northern,Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith amp; City lines. If you step out on Moorgate Street you have to walk to Moorfields a sort of parallel backstreet to the west. From Moorfields you will have to turn left to New Union Street, and then right to Moor Lane and again left to Silk Street. You are walking northwest.
Now back to Fleming.
Ian Fleming was born on May 28,1908 and died on August 12, 1964. And of course, he also invented the legendary car “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.
Even if you have rented Bond videos zillion times from Blockbuster, don’t go to Barbican this weekend and ask anybody there,”What is the big deal in this?” I don’t want to see you running for your life along Silk Street heckled by hordes of shouting Bond aficionados.