Spent a very enjoyable evening at the BFI Southbank for the launch of the Broccoli And Beyond season which is celebrating the career of Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli. Former 007 Roger Moore was on hand to introduce a digitally remastered print of Dr No but, alas, didn't stay for the party. In attendance, however, were Bond director Lewis Gilbert, composer David Arnold, legendary stuntman Vic Armstrong, actors Colin Salmon, Samantha Bond, and Goldfinger's Shirley Eaton, plus current holders of the Bond flame, producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. I even spotted Star Wars sound effects wizard Ben Burtt in the crowd.
The Broccoli season runs from tomorrow until the end of May and includes a special weekend-long Bond celebration over the May Bank Holiday, as well as masterclasses and on-stage interviews with the likes of producer designer Ken Adam, Roger Moore, directors John Glen and Lewis Gilbert, and Bond baddie Richard Kiel.
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