There’s only one thing better than a series of classic Bond films—a series of classic Bond films on the big screen. And thanks to the Colony Theatre, that’s what Raleigh is being treated to right now.
Starting back in June, with the first 007 thriller: “Dr. No,” and playing in chronological order, the Colony ‘James Bond Originals’ presents one film each month, on the last Thursday night, at 8 p.m. The series runs for eight months.
This month: the only one to feature British charmer George Lazenby, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Sure, the technical gizmos are few and far-between, and the killing seems tame by comparison. But the sly humor and true, broken-hearted romance almost make one long for those smoky days of sexist spy work. Holding her own against any of the ‘Bond girls’ to follow – both in brains and beauty — the exotic Diana Rigg is truly touching as his royal European love. Between rendezvous, keeping Bond armed and dangerous, there’s the evil Ernst Blofeld, played to pompous perfection by a pre-Kojak Telly Savalas.
The last two in this series: the psychedelic 70s “Diamonds are Forever,” with the not-as-smooth, yet nonetheless cheeky Roger Moore; and the loaded-with-great tunes, “Live and Let Die,” which set the suave Sean Connery against a gleefully diabolical villain, ‘Mr. Big,’ the ahead-of-his-time Yaphet Kotto.
All leave you delightfully shaken, but not stirred.
Visit Colony ‘Cool Classics’ for more information.
by Caren Ostrow