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BFI to host James Bond triple bill in August, including Moonraker and The World Is Not Enough

Moonraker

Story by Jack Foley

THE BFI Southbank is to host a triple bill screening of classic James Bond films on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

The event will kick off with a 40th anniversary screening of Moonraker, followed by a discussion with Bond composer David Arnold, writer and comedian David Walliams and more guests tba.

This will be followed by the 50th anniversary screening of George Lazenby’s one and only 007 outing, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

To round things off, Pierce Brosnan adventure The World Is Not Enough will receive a 20th anniversary screening, with an introduction from David Arnold.

Moonraker finds Bond, played by Roger Moore, joining the late-70s space race, where he chases a missing space shuttle in a quest that will take him (unsurprisingly) around the world and up beyond the atmosphere.

This final Bond outing for director Lewis Gilbert and Richard Kiel’s Jaws is full of quips, gadgets and adventure, with Moore on sparkling form. After the screening, our guest panel will celebrate James Bond films through the decades.

Ripe for re-appraisal, George Lazenby’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service features the return of Blofeld (played by Telly Savalas this time around), a great John Barry score and some incredible stunt-led set pieces. This movie offers a tantalising glimpse of what might have been had Lazenby stayed longer.

Finally, The World Is Not Enough finds Pierce Brosnan’s Bond on the trail of Renard (Robert Carlyle), a former spy who’s thirsty for revenge after a botched MI6 mission left him with a bullet in his brain.

With scenes set in a casino, a caviar factory and a submarine – along with some incredible action sequences – it’s another hugely enjoyable Bond. Coming full circle, the title was taken from a line in Ian Fleming’s book On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Joint ticket offer for all three James Bond Day films: £24, concs £18 (Members pay £3 less). Joint tickets only available to book in person or by phone from the BFI Box Office (020 7928 3232).