Free Bond for the Weekend
If you happen to be a James Bond fan, and after Skyfall who isn’t, you may be interested in the program currently on display on the University of Illinois campus. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first Bond novel, Casino Royale, various editions of the novel and other works of Ian Fleming will be on display at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library until July 12, while musical artifacts pertaining to the Bond film franchise will be open for public viewing and listening at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music until March 14, 2014.
However, the highlight is a James Bond Film Festival that is being held this weekend at the Spurlock Museum in their Knight Auditorium. With introductions from Bond historian John Cork, the festival will feature screenings of the various film versions of Casino Royale, a showing of Thunderball and its remake Never Say Never Again and the premiere of the documentary The Strange Life of Casino Royale on Film which recounts the difficulties surrounding bringing the super spy to the silver screen.
All of the screenings are free and each features a lecture and chance for conversation and analysis after each movie is done. It could be argued that Bond has never been as popular as he is now, which makes it the perfect time to discover how he came to be.
James Bond Film Festival
April 26-28 • Free Admission
600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL
This three-day celebration features both films and discussion of Ian Fleming's iconic British Secret Service agent. John Cork, a noted Bond film historian, will lead the discussions.
Friday, April 26
7:00 pm The Strange Life of Casino Royale on Film, a talk by Bond historian John Cork
8:00 pm Casino Royale (2006), starring Daniel Craig as James Bond
2:00 pm Casino Royale (1954), the first Bond production, starring Barry Nelson as James Bond
3:15 pm Casino Royale (1967), the famous parody, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Woody Allen and four others as James Bond!
7:30 pm Casino Royale (2006), the "canonical" version, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond
Sunday, April 28
1:00 pm "The Turbulent Story of Thunderball on Film," a talk by Bond historian John Cork
2:00 pm Thunderball (1965), starring Sean Connery as James Bond
4:30 pm Never Say Never Again (1983), starring Sean C