Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to… Bond-a-rama!

Your Bond-a-rama cast

Australian James Bond fans (er… Oz is a pretty big place; let’s make that Bond fans in the Melbourne area) have a great opportunity to have some fun with the iconic superspy character.

The live show Bond-a-Rama places four actors (three men and a woman) on a single stage to recapitulate all 22 James Bond movies in a single performance. Or, at least parody them — “pisstake” would be the local colloquialism — with a sharp eye for all the dumb stuff in the series, filtered through a basic affection for the cinematic saga. The acting quartet essays 40 characters, including all six screen 007s, in the show. Even the beloved Sheriff J.W. Pepper makes an appearance!

The show’s creators, Michael Ward and Stephen Hall, hooked up with director Russell Fletcher to pull the whole thing together. Research was required:

Rewatching all 22 films from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace was required research for the creative team, Fletcher says. Purists will understand why that doesn’t include Never Say Never Again or the David Niven version of Casino Royale – although that doesn’t mean they’re not fair game. Hall confesses to ”doing a bit of fast forwarding through some of the Roger Moores… I’d forgotten how not-very-good The Man With the Golden Gun is,” he says with an evil chuckle.”

You can read all about it at the Sydney Morning Herald, in Michael Dwyer’s article
Quantum of Silliness. You can also take a look at the show’s Facebook page.

Bond-a-rama is being performed at Chapel Off Chapel, Prahran, August 3 to 21. For tickets, call + 030 8290 7000. Tell ’em HMSS ya!

Bond the meek

© Sydney Morning Herald

From today’s Sydney Morning Herald comes a rather unique take on the James Bond character.

Elizabeth Farrelly’s essay Secret agent of restraint examines Bond — specifically, Ian Fleming’s literary character — as a model of the ancient virtue of (get ready for it)… meekness.

Not the “meekness” of the downtrodden, of course, which wouldn’t do at all for ol’ 007, but rather the meekness of the ninja, or of the Templar knight. A soul disciplined by harsh experience and sacrifice, cultivating an inner strength and power to be used only when necessary and for good. You know… a hero.

The Bond of the books, being both less assured and more fallible than Albert R. Broccoli’s action man is, if anything, more heroic. Failure and sacrifice give his heroism a pathos that only increases its stature, lifting it from the merely physical to something almost spiritual.

For those of us who view James Bond as the modern version of the classical Single Combat Warrior, this is all going to make perfect sense. Those who have a different viewpoint will at least learn something new and interesting. You can READ IT RIGHT HERE.