It’s going to be a while before “Skyfall” hits the big screen, so you’ve got a time to watch the rest of the James Bond series.
There’s no better place to start that at the beginning. In “Dr. No,” you meet Sean Connery’s James Bond. He’s got his licence to kill, he works for M and the women have great names (Honey Ryder, Miss Moneypenny). You also meet Felix Leiter (Played by Jack Lord in this movie and, in order, Cec Linder, Rick Van Nutter, Norman Burton, David Hedison, Bernie Casey, John Terry, Hedison again and Jeffrey Wright in subsequent films).
But, while this Bond certainly sets the tone for the rest of the series, it does stand apart.
First, while this film has its fair share of eye-catching gadgets and automobiles, they don’t pull you away from the plot like the following installments. There’s no “What is Q working on” moment.
Because this movie doesn’t strive to meet the expectations it laid out for future Bonds, it is easier to watch – and maybe even more fun – because of its simplicity.
You get into the plot – James is tracking down a missing agent – and Bond isn’t the cardboard cutout the later Roger Moore films turned him into. He’s an agent on a mission. And he’s surrounded by beautiful women.
And all the beautiful women in this – and other Bond films – pale in comparison to Ursula Andress. Well, maybe Halle Berry doesn’t but that’s an argument for another day.
Who knows? Maybe the next Bond, “Skyfall,” will end up with a new bombshell to take the crown. Or maybe the movie will become as beloved as “Nr. No,” “From Russia With Love,” “Goldfinger” and “Casino Royale.”
But until the new Bond hits theaters, your best bet is to say yes to “Dr. No.”
In the mood to hit the powder? Attend to local premiere of two winter sport feature films 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Fireside Pub and Grill at Roundtop Mountain Resort, 925 Roundtop Road, Warrington Township. For details, call 432-9631. Check out the trailers:
See Country stars Laura Bell Bundy and Lauren Alaina perform at WGTY-FM (107.7)’s Jingle Bell Jam. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Toyota Arena at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., West Manchester Township.
Tickets went on sale this morning and cost $12. For details and tickets, call 848-2033 or click here. Attendees who bring a non-perishable food item for the York Rescue Mission will receive a coupon for free small french fries from Bricker’s.
Another WGTY event:
Head to York Ladies Nite 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at The Holiday Inn and Conference Center, 2000 Loucks Road, West Manchester Township. The event will include food samples, massages, door prizes, seminars and more. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Country star Kip Moore will perform a post-show concert at 9:30 p.m. For details and tickets, click here.
“(Breeland) would have been a part of Saturday’s event. But even more than that, she and her mother have been like family since . . . quite a few of the York PRIMP Agency staff members . . . were teenagers. Our agency’s logo is actually Michaela’s image from a past PRIMP photo shoot. What a reminder of a beautiful young lady gone way too soon.”
PRIMP the Runway II Fashion Event and Food Drive will be at York City Ice Arena, 941 Vander Ave., York. This year’s theme is “Return of the Lady.” A cocktail and networking hour begins at 6 p.m. The fashion show starts at 7:15 p.m.
Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the event. VIP tickets, which include a gift bag and front-row seating, cost $30 online. There will be a food collection for York County Food Bank’s Operation Backpack program that provides food for needy children and their families. For details and tickets, call 332-9386 or visit www.primpagency.webs.com.
The Antique Auto Museum hosts the Autos & Ales beer festival 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. The museum is at 161 Museum Drive, Hershey.
Sip samples from regional microbreweries including Bube’s Brewery, Appalachian Brewing Company, Troegs Brewing Company and Lancaster Brewing Company. The event also includes live music, Cooking with Beer demonstrations and door prizes. Guests can stroll through the museum to check out antique cars, trucks, motorcycles and memorabilia.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Cost includes a free souvenir tasting glass provided by Mr. Beer. Designated driver tickets are $15. For details and tickets, call 566-7100 or click here.
York Daily Record file; LeAnna Simmons rehearses in this 2009 file photo. That year, she was an American finalist in the Voice of McDonalds singing competition.
Voice of McDonald’s
LeAnna Simmons of Dover and attends Temple University and competed in McDonald’s worldwide singing contest that showcases talents of employees. She was selected by the McDonald’s Corporation as one of 22 semi-finalists in the United States. Check out her video. Voting will run through Nov. 30. Global Finalist will win a paid trip to Orlando to compete for top honors, which include a $25,000 first prize.
In 2009, Simmons — a senior at Dover Area Senior High School at the time — was one of 30 international finalists in the Third Annual Voice of McDonald’s Competition. That fall, company officials surprised Simmons with the news while she worked at the McDonald’s on Carlisle Road in Dover. Chenee Capuyan, a McDonald’s employee from Davao Del Sur, Philippines, won the 2009 competition.
The BlackBerry BBM Generation Contest
Noelle Flynn, 14, saw the FlipSide article about a local teen who is competing in the contest, which pairs celebrity mentors with aspiring proteges in six categories. She let me know that there are two other teams from the area competing for the chance to be Greyson Chance’s protege.
Noelle’s team includes AngelaMarie Flynn, 17, and Susan Wood, 13. AngelaMarie is a local harpist and used to write for Teen Takeover. Susan is a singer who has just been accepted into York Honors Choir. Noelle acts at DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre, sings and plays the piano. In an email message, she wrote, “I saw Greyson Chane perform at the York Fair in September and it brought up my confidence so I now play piano again. I am also learning guitar.” Check out their team’s entry.
Lowercase Gallery presents “Outpost,” a mail art exhibit featuring postcards, collages, paintings and constructions that were all mailed to the gallery’s post office box. The only submission restrictions on the work were mailing regulations imposed by Post Office guidelines. Mail Art, was a phrase coined in the 1960s to describe the interchange of mail
messages between artists. According to a news release, the gallery was mindful about the difficulties facing the United States Post Office while planning the exhibit.
If you would like to participate: Submit letters, postcards or objects, to: lowercase gallery, PO Box 85, Wrightsville, PA 17368. Deadline is Monday, Nov. 14.
Another art opening: Jane Plus Neal Images has moved a few doors down to 11 W. Philadelphia St., York. The studio will present the work of Richard Newbauer, 82, during First Friday festivities Dec. 2.
— Mason-Dixon Wine Trail hosts Wine Just Off The Vine 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20 along the wine trail. Get a full list of wineries. [$15]
— H.O.O.D (Helping Offer Options and Direction) presents the second annual Stop the Beef/Violence event 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at York City Ice Arena, 941 Vander Ave., York. [Free]
— The York Jewish Community Center hosts the York Jewish Film Festival 3 p.m. Sunday at Frank Theatres Queensgate Stadium 13, 2067 Springwood Road, York Township. The award-winning historic drama “La Rafle” (“The Roundup”) will be shown and a holocaust survivor Rochelle Sameroff will speak. Read an interview with her in Sunday’s paper. [$9]
Add some holiday cheer to York during Hanging of the Greens noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 20. Downtown Inc is seeking volunteers to help swag lampposts and bridges with greenery and bows throughout downtown York Interested volunteers should email email@example.com for details.
FlipSide file; A worker from City of York's electrical bureau puts up a Christmas wreath on South George Street in this 2006 file photo of the Hanging of the Greens.
Sometimes you watch a movie for fun. Sometimes you watch a movie because you want to think while it’s fun.
You want to ask “Who did it?” “How’d they do it?” “What are they doing?” Sometimes you get your fix with a political thriller or a murder mystery. Other times you go for the caper film.
And that’s what you get with Spike Lee’s “Inside Man.”
Yeah, Spike Lee. I know a lot of people who have seen this movie that had no clue Spike Lee did it. In fact, the DVD box we have doesn’t even mention Spike Lee on the cover.
But the movie, starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer and Willem Defoe has some of the best characteristics of any Spike Lee movie: rich characters, fun dialogue, unexpected connections.
The movie is based upon a bank robbery by a band run by Owen. But he’s not the villain. Neither is Washington, the cop who’s trying to stop him. You watch this movie and think, “Hey, I’m rooting for both sides in this conflict.” Even Jodie Foster, who is brought in by the bank’s president (Plummer) and seems to get in the way of progress, seems to have her moments of redemption.
I’m not going to give away the entire plot, you should get a chance to have fun watching this movie and trying to figure out what exactly is going on.
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