007 fans will be sure to check out this first of its kind event in Vancouver, a James Bond Film Festival. Actors come and go but Bond – like diamonds – goes on forever. His biennial escapades stretch back half a century, all the way to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and span nine US Presidents. Now you can relive all your favourite Bond moments and learn a few things from Canada’s foremost James Bond expert Murray Gillespie.
This 20-film retrospective is designed to showcase not only the changing face of Britain’s most famous secret agent, in all six of his incarnations from Sean Connery through to Daniel Craig, but also to suggest how Bond movies have changed and stayed the same as they mirror sometimes subtle shifts in attitudes towards sex, violence, nuclear weapons, terrorism, Communism, Capitalism, and, yes, good old/bad old hedonism.
There will also be an exhibition of vintage posters and Bond memorabilia courtesy of collector and 007 expert Murray Gillespie, who will be on hand to introduce many of the screenings.
Want to introduce 007 to your kids? Look for our weekend matinees Aug 24, 25, 31 and Sept 1. (Evening shows are adults only, sorry!).
007 Reloaded: Opening Night Gala and Fundraiser
7:15 p.m. Screening of Dr. No
8:45 p.m. Gala and Fundraiser
Includes: Refreshments (shaken and stirred)
Bond Memorabilia and Exhibition
Dress Code: Sexy and Sophisticated (Bow tie optional)
Friday Augusts 23, 2013 | TICKETS: $50
(Between screenings on August 30, 9:00 p.m.)
Join UBC Film Professor Ernest Mathijs for an academic perspective on James Bond, cultural icon.
(Between screenings on August 31, 8:40 p.m.)
Join Canada’s foremost James Bond expert Murray Gillespie for a friendly 007 trivia competition in our atrium lounge. Compete individually or in teams. Prizes to be won!
Admission is free but a VIFC membership is required (costs $12 but comes with a free movie ticket).
Thu. Sep 5, 7:00 p.m.
Vote for your favourite James Bond film and help choose the last night of our series. Explain why it’s your favourite and you could win free tickets to the film of your choice and the chance to introduce the movie to the audience. Vote in person at the Vancity Theatre ballot box or by email to Bond@viff.org.
Tickets and Information
Call the Film Info Line 604.683.FILM (3456) for the latest info and listings.