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The World Of 007 event at Hofstra University in New York

By: Anders Frejdh
The World Of James Bond Hofstra University New Yor
The Hofstra Cultural Center is hosting a 3-day conference on James Bond entitled The World of 007 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. (Yours truly will be there.)

Events include the screening of a number of Bond films, panel discussions on topics related to 007 including Bond villians, Bond women, and much more.

VIP guests scheduled to attend include Robert Davi (Franz Sanchez in Licence to Kill (1989) who once studied at Hofstra University, Fred Goldberg (UA/MGM Marketing Executive for 10 Bond films between 1962 and 1977), James Bond continuation writer Raymond Benson (author of six original James Bond novels) as well as screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz who will participate from Los Angeles via a video conference. Other special guests include Lee Pfeiffer, Lois Gresh, John Griswold and Deborah Lipp.

Panels and presentations include the following:
Raymond Benson on “The James Bond Phenomenon”
• “Bond’s Weapons, Gadgets and Cars - Science, Fantasy, Commerce”
• “Bond Girls Grow Up”
• “A Bond Pot-Pourri” featuring presentations of “The Psyche of a Bond Collector” by David Zaritsky, “Enigma Variations: The SPECTRE in Ian Fleming’s Thunderball and Terence Young’s Film” and “Helm, Matt Helm: A Comparison of James Bond and His Chief American Rival”
• “Playing a Bond Villain” - Robert Davi interviewed by Lee Pfeiffer
• “Writing Bond” - a panel discussion with Raymond, Lois, John, Deborah and Lee (to be followed by a book signing)
• Cocktail hour and dinner, featuring a piano medley of Bond music by Raymond Benson

Pre-Symposium Film Screenings of Bond Films
• October 16: Dr. No (1962) and Casino Royale (2006)
• October 23: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Live and Let Die (1973)
• October 30: Thunderball (1965) (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983)
• November 6: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and Goldfinger (1964) (1964)
• November 7: Licence to Kill (1989) - with an introduction by Robert - and Die Another Day (2002)

*The first two screenings will be held at the Multipurpose Room East, located in the Mack Student Center on Hofstra’s North Campus. The last three screenings will be at the Student Center Theater.

Post-Symposium Concert: Licence to Swing: the Music of James Bond (9th November 2007)
A concert featuring the songs and music from the James Bond films, as part of the Joseph G. Astman International Concert Series. Pianist Ted Howe and his quartet, with special guest vocalists, will take you on an exciting jazz excursion into the timeless music of 007. Featuring selections by such composers as John Barry, Lionel Bart and Anthony Newley, you'll thrill to new adaptations of familiar James Bond themes including "From Russia With Love," "Diamonds are Forever," "You Only Live Twice" and many more.

All conference events, with the exception of meals, are free to members of the Hofstra community upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. Copies of Medicare card must accompany requests for senior citizen rate and a current student ID card must accompany requests for student rate.

Editor's note:
Another 'Bond villain', Christopher Walken (Max Zorin), also studied at Hofstra University.

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