Friday, October 6, 2017


  It was exactly 55 years ago that Ursula Andress memorably emerged from the sea wearing a white bikini as Honeychile Ryder in the first ever James Bond film.
  Now 81, she remarks: "The bikini made me into a success."
 The anniversary of Dr. No coincides with the opening of the London Film Festival which is screening 242 feature films from 67 different countries.  
  The festival is bookended with films from two British directors, opening with a gala screening of Andy Serkis's directorial debut Breathe and closing with Martin McDonough's outrageous Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
  It also coincides with another anniversary---the decriminalisation of homosexuality 50 years ago  which the festival is celebrating with a powerful LGBT lineup including Battle of the Sexes, Call Me By Your Name and A Fantastic Woman. 
Nicole Kidman: at the festival
  A Zambian witch-doctor comedy, a serial-killer thriller set in Jersey and a drama about Jehovah’s Witnesses directed by a former member of the church are among the many British films sharing the spotlight with Hollywood A listers including Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Nicole Kidman and Colin  Farrell.

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