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Weekend at Diamonds Are Forever House

Posted in Events on December 14, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

One of my favorite Bond locations is Willard Whyte’s home in Diamonds Are Forever; the place where he’s held prisoner, and Bond battles Bambi and Thumper. The real home is in Palm Springs and is every bit as magnificent as depicted.

Well, you can win a chance to spend a weekend in that home; the gorgeous “Elrod House,” for $250 a ticket, with proceeds going to Help the Homeless Help Themselves.

Mike Gilroy, who owns Elrod House, made it available to HHHT for the funder.

Set on 21 acres overlooking Palm Springs, the 7,388-square-foot circular structure, boasts five bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths and a spectacular indoor/outdoor pool. “The house was commissioned by Arthur Elrod, who was the quintessential designer for the Hollywood stars of that time,” Landon said.

“Lautner’s design embodies the spirit of optimism of the 1950s and ’60s,” said Landon. “It was a time when Americans were ready for adventure, to go to the moon. The more I read about Lautner and his design, I think about this home as an architectural sculpture,” she added.

Next year, the home will be featured in photographic exhibits of significant West Coast architecture held at the Getty Center and the Hammer Museum.

Capping the holiday campaign will be a champagne-and-dessert reception for purchasers of the first 60 tickets. It will be held in the home of Palos Verdes philanthropists Richard and Melanie Lundquist. That is also where the winning ticket will be drawn early next year. Invitations to the reception will be issued according to earliest postmarks.

All proceeds from HHHT’s holiday fund-raising will be dedicated to preventing South Bay families from becoming homeless.

Tickets are available for a donation of $250. Acknowledgment of contributions will be mailed to donors.

To purchase tickets for this funder or to receive additional information, call (310) 377-5347.



Posted in Events, Timothy Dalton with tags , , , , , on November 30, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Here’s another story from the Hofstra event. This comes from the live, in-person interview with Robert Davi, who played the drug lord Sanchez in Licence to Kill.

Davi was funny. When asked for stories about the filming of LTK, he said, “Look, it was Mexico City, me, Timothy [Dalton], and Benicio [del Toro] going out every night. Tequila was involved. I could tell tales.”

Davi, Dalton, and del Toro are all Method actors, and they bonded (no pun intended) over the acting. At one point, Davi was asked (by Lee Pfeiffer, who conducted the interview), how it was being directed by John Glen. He said they were given a lot of leeway to explore the roles. For example, he said, the way that del Toro said “Honeymoooon.”

“That was an unusual line reading,” he said, “And Benicio got a lot of support to explore that.”

Now, when Benicio del Toro says “We gave her a nice honeymoooon” in LTK, it’s creepy and disturbing and odd. And it sticks in my head. Everyone’s head, I guess, because the audience totally recognized what he was talking about. But what’s interesting to me is the actor’s process. That everyone on-set was aware of how weird that line reading was, and how daring, and paid attention to it (Sanchez wasn’t even in the scene).

Goldfinger at the Lafayette Theater

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on November 25, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

First of all, let’s hear it for the Lafayette! An old-fashioned (1924) theater with a big (46 foot) screen, one thousand seats, a balcony, and a live Wurlitzer player! That’s the environment in which to see classic films.

Second, the movie itself. I’m committed to grabbing every opportunity to see Bond on the big screen. Seeing it brought back memories of the first (and only other) time I saw it in a theater; in 1970! Despite having seen Goldfinger many times since then, many of the sensations I experienced as a child have not recurred from watching it on DVD or television broadcast. The chill of fear when the soldiers of Fort Knox fall, seemingly to their deaths, the terror and fascination of Odd Job, seemingly unbeatable, both human and superhuman, and the suave sex appeal of Sean Connery; all of these flooded back like sense memories.


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The Writer’s Panel at Hofstra

Posted in Events on November 24, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Here’s a picture of the Writing Bond panel at the Hofstra Symposium.

Writing Bond
From left to right: Lois Gresh, me, Lee Pfeiffer, Raymond Benson, John Griswold

Goldfinger in Suffern, New York

Posted in Events with tags , on November 23, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

I got a question about timing for the local Bond showing.

Here’s what a mailing from the theater says:

Showtime for GOLDFINGER is Saturday, November 24 at 11:30 am – tickets are $6.00. Doors open at 11am, come early and hear pre-show music by Jeff Barker on the Lafayette Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

Hofstra Writes Up Hofstra

Posted in Events with tags on November 16, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

The Hofstra Chronicle has a write-up of the Bond symposium. Once again, alas, I am not mentioned.

Local Bond Showing

Posted in Events with tags , , on November 13, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

My local revival theater, the Lafayette in Suffern, NY, will be showing Goldfinger on November 24. All showings are on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.

I posted about this some time back but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make it, and now I will. Yay!