Ian Fleming’s classic James Bond novels were among President John F. Kennedy’s favorite books. In 1962, Dr. No became the first James Bond title to be released as a film, and in 1964, Goldfinger became a blockbuster that attracted lengthy lines at the theatre. In some cases, police were summoned to control unruly crowds. Goldfinger's $3 million budget was recouped in two weeks, and box office records were shattered in multiple countries. Goldfinger was the first Bond film to garner an Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
Listen to film historians Brian Hughes and Clyde Ponder analyze and discuss the actors, set designs, videographic challenges, innovative sound effects and music at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at the Allen Public Library. This discussion can be viewed virtually at https://actv.org/ by clicking on the WATCH button. In the library’s gallery during April, view James Bond: The First Decade 1962- 1972, Dr. No, Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Diamonds Are Forever.
After their presentation (7:00 p.m.), a film that involves a British M16 agent will be featured. The film will not be presented virtually.
Brian has written and lectured extensively about the James Bond phenomenon, publishing articles and reviews in local and national publications. Co-founder of the New Orleans WTUL radio show, “Stage and Screen,” his annual November tribute to Bond film music became so eagerly anticipated, generating so many phone calls to the studio that he had to solicit a volunteer to field them so he could cue up the music. Brian serves as Cultural Services specialist for the City of Crestview, Florida, operating the Crestview History Museum and producing cultural events — including 007-related programs.
Brian and Clyde started a correspondence at the beginning of their freshman year at their respective colleges, which soon blossomed into a friendship that continues to this day. When asked about the historical significance of Goldfinger, Clyde observes, “Prior to Goldfinger, Dr. No and From Russia With Love had been hits but nothing like the worldwide popularity of Goldfinger. The Aston Martin, gadgets, music, villain, and script, … all contributed to what many critics feel is the best Bond film of all time.” Clyde further observes that films allowed him to travel to any time and place. In the case of Goldfinger, “The viewer is placed in situations where the characters react to what is happening on the screen, although James Bond is pure fantasy, I always enjoy watching how he escapes from the incredible scenarios in which he finds himself … imagine being handcuffed to an atomic bomb inside Fort Knox with the clock ticking!”
Sponsored by the Allen Public Library admission is free. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.