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27 AUGUST 2016
JAMES BOND 007 AT STARBURST FILM FESTIVAL

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2016-08-24
Starburst Film Festival Tickets 26th - 29 August 2016 MMU Manchester, UK.

Caroline Munro - Hammer Films, Bond, The Last Horror Film and more
Saturday 27th August 10am - 4pm
What would the first ever STARBURST International Film Festival be without at least one Bond Girl, right? Well fear not, for we have the lovely Caroline Munro here to help with our weekend celebrations.

Despite an uncredited appearance in 1967’s Casino Royale, it would be with 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me that Caroline would get to really make an impression alongside 007. But before that, however, many horror hounds had already taken the model and actress to their hearts for her work at Hammer with Dracula A.D. 1972 and Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, not to mention her eye-catching turn in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.

Turning down a role in Richard Donner’s Superman to appear with Roger Moore’s James Bond, Caroline would then go on to work on the likes of cult favourite Maniac, the hugely-coveted The Last Horror Film, and a host of other genre offerings such as Starcrash, Slaughter High, Faceless, and El aullido del diablo alongside the legendary Paul Naschy.

In fact, so prolific was Caroline at this point, there was regular speculation during the 1980s of having her take the female lead in a never-materialised Doctor Who movie.

Still as stunning today as she’s ever been, and far more than merely another notch of 007’s ever-expanding bedpost, Caroline Munro is here to bring some glamour (no offence to our other wonderful guests) to our festival and we couldn’t be happier to have her along for the ride.

John Glen - Renown British Director and Film-maker
Saturday 27th August 10am - 4pm
It is no exaggeration to say that John Glen is one of the most important and influential figures in British film history. John has worked on a whopping eight James Bond movies, including helming five 007 outings; a figure that is still a record to this day.

Following editing and second unit work for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, during the 1980s Glen was the man tasked with directing fan-favourite Bond outings For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, and Licence to Kill, which saw him oversee Roger Moore in three outings before Timothy Dalton took over the famed mantle of Bond, James Bond for the following two movies.

If you saw an ‘80s Bond adventure, simply put, John Glen was the man behind it. In terms of legends of the UK film scene, there are very few who can stand toe-to-toe with this Sunbury-born icon.

As well as his legendary, revered work with Britain’s most beloved spy, Glen also worked on the likes of The Italian Job, Murphy’s War, Superman, and even Gerry Anderson’s Space Precinct throughout his career, before finally bringing down the curtain on a glorious career with 2001’s Christopher Lambert-starring The Point Men.

Now happily retired from the film industry, it really is a treat for us to bring such a vital figure of British cinema history to the inaugural STARBUST International Film Festival, and the appearance of John Glen should prove to be one of the highlights of what promises to be a highlight-filled bank holiday weekend.

Martine Beswick - Actress & Bond Girl
Scream queen Martine Beswick is best-known for her roles in Hammer classics such One Million Years BC (alongside Raquel Welsh) in 1966 and Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde in 1971 but she launched her career several years earlier when she made her mark as one of the earliest ‘Bond girls’- and the only one to appear twice in different roles!

She auditioned for the role of Honey Ryder in Dr No but although she lost out to Ursula Andress she went on to appear as the feisty gypsy girl Zora in From Russia With Love and later as Paula Caplan in Thunderball, the fourth title in the Bond series.

In the 1970s Martine moved to the United States where her career flourished with appearances in TV series such as The Fall Guy, The Six Million Dollar Man, Hart to Hart and Falcon Crest and cult features films such as Critters 4, Wide Sargasso Sea and, memorably, The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood where she played notorious celebrity call girl/memoirist Xaviera Hollander.

An interesting piece on Cannon Films, who Martine was an actress for in Electric Boogaloo. Cannon made movies such as Lifeforce and Master’s of the Universe.

Peter Lamont - Production Designer and Film-maker
Saturday 27th August 10am - 4pm
We’re delighted to be joined by Peter as he looks back over his career in this in-depth career retrospective of a true legend of cinema.

To look at the career of Peter Lamont is to look at a veritable checklist of iconic genre efforts spanning six decades. Another guest who is so often synonymous with the James Bond franchise, Lamont’s work as a production designer, art director, and set designer is the stuff of dreams.

From some early work on Goldfinger, the Londoner went on to be a part of Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, GoldenEye, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day and Casino Royale. Impressive, no? And that’s just his Bond work!

As well as helping flesh out so much of what we’ve seen in a 007 outing over the years, Peter Lamont famously nabbed a richly-deserved Oscar in 1997 for his fantastic work on James Cameron’s Titanic. This came on the back of three previous Academy Award nominations for 1971’s Fiddler on the Roof, 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me and 1986’s iconic Aliens. Then there’s his involvement with hugely popular movies such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, True Lies and Wing Commander.

Peter is somebody who has brought so much to the world of cinema over the decades, not least in how he helped to shape the style, look and tone of so many Bond movies dating as far back as the 1960s. So join us as we celebrate this true master of his craft as he joins us for the STARBURST International Film Festival.

Starburst Magazine visits the 'Die Another Day' set
Starburst is visiting the Pinewood set of Die Another Day, where designer Peter Lamont has constructed a vast, cavernous ice palace. It’s Bond’s own take on the famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, a building carved out of frozen water, where even much of the furniture is made out of ice. In the film the hotel is the refuge of Colonel Moon (Will Yun Lee), a North Korean army officer and son of the peaceful ruler who plans to reunite his country with South Korea in a takeover of Japan and an ultimate attack on the United States.

We’re promised an extravagant tale that takes a firm step into more Science Fiction territory. There’s Colonel Moon, disfigured after his experiments with face-reshaping technology went awry. There’s an outlandish weapon of mass destruction, firing onto the planet from Space. And there’s the weapon’s control unit, an advanced body suit that is worn like armour.

“It started off as a big glove,” offers Tamahori on the hi-tech suit, “and I said, ‘A big glove isn’t that exciting’, and they said, ‘Why don’t we add a hundred thousand volts, give it defensive capabilities, taser light-killing abilities, track ball control – so he could wear it as a fighting combat unit as well’.

“We’ve got some virtual reality this time, and we are jumping into stuff that’s quasi-Sci-Fi. We’ve looked at some of our dailies and gone, ‘Wow this is straight out of Science Fiction’.”

Virginia Hey - Zhann & Warrior Woman
Saturday 27th August from 5pm
Virgina Hey will be hosting a Q&A session about her life and work, looking at cult shows such as Farscape, appearing in The Living Daylights.

Introducing the screening of Mad Max 2 with a series of previously unseen pictures taken during the making of classic cult film.

She will be signing autographs and we hope running a very ticket limited meditation sesison during the Starburst Film Festival. Get in early on those tickets!

Award nominated Australian actress Virginia Hey has achieved prominence and success not only nationally throughout her native Australia, but also around the world and is a true Fan favourite.

Virginia Hey, devotee of health and wellbeing, is best known worldwide for her roles on TV and film, however all throughout her adult life Virginia has also pursued her passion for studying natural therapies, Reiki, nutrition and Homoeopathy, as well as perfume and soap design and inner and outer beauty. She also loves outer beauty and style and was a fashion editor/stylist for 2 magazines in Australia.

Virginia's acting career began following a successful modeling career, where she was spotted by casting directors and placed in her big screen debut with Mel Gibson in the film classic Mad Max 2: Road Warrior, in which she portrayed Warrior Woman.

Since then, she has also appeared with numerous international stars, including George C. Scott in Mussolini, Heath Ledger in Roar, James Bond 007 Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights, and Christopher Atkins in Signal One. Viriginia also played the multi-award-nominated blue priestess "Zhaan" in Farscape (1999) (1999-2004).


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