Vancity audience names favourite James Bond film
During the course of Vancity Theatre’s 20-film retrospective 007 Reloaded: Bond vs. Bond, moviegoers were asked to name their favourite James Bond film.
Traditionally, in exercises such as this, Goldfinger usually comes out of top, followed by some or all of the other Sean Connery films, as well as The Spy Who Loved Me (featuring Roger Moore), and perhaps whatever else is most recent in people’s memories (as of late, Skyfall).
While their favourite Bond actor—Sean Connery—was no surprise, it’s clear that Vancity audiences do like to shake things up a bit. Although 14 different Bond films received votes, the clear winner was From Russia With Love.
An early example of Connery’s Bond, From Russia With Love today seems pared-down—even lean—compared to later outings. There’s not much in the way of gadgets, Nehru-jacketed supervillians, or even hollowed-out volcanoes, but there is plenty of action, plot, and suspense (not to mention exotic locales, the breathtaking Daniela Bianchi, and two of Bond’s most memorable adversaries, played by Lotte Lenya and Robert Shaw).
Bond’s famous grace under pressure is there, but the character is a little darker around the edges, and there’s a faint whiff of psychopathy. When even Bond’s healthy breakfast order—“Green figs and yogurt, coffee, very black”—comes across like a death sentence, you know you’re in for a wild ride.
A special audience choice screening of From Russia With Love can be seen at the Vancity Theatre tonight (September 5) at 6:45 p.m. Please, no outside figs or yogurt.