Two Roger Moore double-bills on the big screen in Los Angeles in August

31-Jul-2017 • Event

Quentin Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles will screen two double-bills of Sir Roger Moore's films during August, both repeated on back to back days. Tickets are $8 for each double feature.

Wednesday 2nd August & Thursday 3rd August 2017

19:30pm - FFOLKES
Sandwiched between Bond films Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only, Roger Moore ditches his womanizing Bond character for Rufus Excaliber ffolkes – a haughty, woman detesting, cat loving, cantankerous, needlepoint enthusiast, eccentric former naval officer who doesn’t suffer fools lightly, and heads a team of frogmen known as ffolkes’ ffusiliers. When terrorists posing as journalists – led by Psycho’s Anthony Perkins and Michael Parks – highjack an oil tanker, attach mines to the liquid gold, lay booby traps, take hostages and demand a kingly ransom, Lloyds of London reaches out to ffolkes and his men to save the environmental and financial crisis that will arise should the terrorists blow the tanker. James Mason as Admiral Brindsen finds ffolkes’ personality “very odd” but is certain he’s the right man for the job, and ffolkes convinces the Prime Minister to allow his team to infiltrate the tanker rather than give in to the terrorists demands in this Die Hard on the sea adventure, that’s skillfully directed by Andrew V. McLaglen (The Wild Geese).

21:40 - THE WILD GEESE
When a group of mercenaries led by aging veterans Richard Burton, Roger Moore and Richard Harris accept an operation to free imprisoned South African leader Julius Limbani (Winston Ntshona), held in an isolated and heavily guarded prison in Zembala, the soldiers for hire must use all their experience in order to survive after they free Limbani, and are double crossed and stranded at the extraction point. In this British mash-up of The Dogs of War, Where Eagles Dare, The Dirty Dozen with the comradery of The Wild Bunch thrown in for good measure, the explosive action sequences, veteran ensemble cast, and tough guy witty dialogue make The Wild Geese stand on its own two bullet riddled legs. “Their home is the battlefield. Their calling is war. Their only loyalty is to each other. They are The Wild Geese – the best **** mercenaries in the business.

Friday 18th August & Saturday 19th August 2017

18:30 - THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
A megalomaniac with his eye on triggering World War III in order to create an underwater utopian world is capturing British and Soviet ballistic missile submarines, and MI6 special agent James Bond is tasked with stopping him, eventually joining forces with Russian agent – Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) in The Spy Who Loved Me. In what was the 10th Bond film in the enduring franchise, Spy may well be the most perfectly integrated of the series, combining a wonderfully devious baddy in Curt Jurgens’ Karl Stromberg and his silver toothed henchman “Jaws” (Richard Kiel), explosive action sequences that take 007 from the land, air and sea, with some of the most inventive gadgets in the series (including an underwater Lotus sports car), a plot that serves the hero, and the hauntingly romantic theme song nominated for an Academy Award – “Nobody Does It Better” by Carly Simon. This is Roger Moore in his prime, bringing Bond to life with his debonair charm, trademark humor, tough guy escapism and witty one liners. This is a spy we’ll always love.

21:05 - MOONRAKER
Roger Moore is back in Moonraker, hot on the vapor trail of Industrialist Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale), who has machinations to poison earth’s human population with nerve gas derived from a rare flower in the Amazon, and repopulate it in space with physically fit, beautiful, genetic human outliers. When the Moonraker space shuttle is hijacked in the film’s explosive pre-credit sequence, and Bond is getting thrown from a private jet by Jaws (Richard Kiel) without a parachute, you know you’re in for a thrill ride, and the Bond franchise delivers by raising the bar on its jaw dropping stunts. Lois Chiles is Holly Goodhead, a CIA agent who teams up with Bond to take down Drax on his space station. Toshiro Suga as “Chang” provides the loudest, and most entertaining hand to hand fight with 007 in the franchise, or at the very least, the one with most broken glass. The gadgets in Moonraker are inventively delightful and live up to the technical demands of the plot in this Bond film that is out of this world.

 


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