This week’s scheduled programming has to be postponed, so in its place I’m pleased to present a special presentation of one of my favourite films from the 1980s: 1982’s T.A.G. The Assassination Game. The movie stars Robert Carradine and Hollywood badass Linda Hamilton in her first starring role as a pair of college students who get caught up in a live-action game sweeping the campus. In the game, students attempt to assassinate one another with rubber tipped darts, in order to move up the ladder and win the game. Unfortunately for them, one of the other contestants is determined to eliminate the competition permanently. The film is directed by Nick Castle, best known as The Shape from John Carpenter’s Halloween. It’s a fun time, and it’s the subject of this week’s #Bond_age_ livetweet. The fun starts at 9 pm EST, so please join us!
You old so and so. Technically we celebrated the special occasion #Bond_age_ style with the Layer Cake live tweet last week. We don’t know if Craigers is done with Bond. Hell, I don’t even know if Craigers knows if Craigers is done with Bond. Nonetheless, let’s take some time to wish our reigning Bond a happy 48th birthday and enjoy 10 fun facts about Craigers that you may or may not have known.
1. Craigers made his film debut in The Power of One (1992) as Jaapie Botha, an Afrikaner sergeant.
With the recent release of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) for home viewing, we felt it our duty to further spread the good word of U.N.C.L.E. The film easily topped Bond last year but still few went to see it. Why? WHY? Well, #Bond_age_ isn’t giving up on that sequel just yet. Tonight, Wednesday January 27th, join us for the Man from U.N.C.L.E. DVD Watch Party/Live Tweet.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Live Tweet begins at 9pm EST. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag.
Guest programmer @d3sk has lined up a classic spy caper featuring some unknown schmoes named Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. I dunno. Maybe you’ve heard of them.
Director Stanley Donen followed up the smash Charade with Arabesque, a comedic thriller based on the 1961 The Cipher by Alex Gordon. Teamed again with composer Henry Mancini, Donen served up a free-form jazz version of Charade with Hitchockian devices and romance and a chase scene with a thresher. The bustling, busy, complicated shoot compelled Donen to tell his cinematographer Christopher Chellis that the next movie they make will be “something small, just two actors, and we’ll shoot and eat our way through France.” Donen’s next picture coincidentally was Two for the Road.
Join us as we give Arabesque the #Bond_age_ treatment on Wednesday, November 4th at 9pm EST. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag.
#Bond_age_TV continues its final run of Man From UNCLE this week with a look at two more episodes from season 4. First up this week is the 4th season opener The Summit-Five Affair. Napoleon and Illya have to investigate a security breach at UNCLE’s Berlin HQ just before an important meeting of the heads of UNCLE. Guest stars this episode include TV veteran Lloyd Bochner and Dr. Cyclops himself Albert Dekker. Our second episode this week is The THRUSH Roulette Affair. At a casino in the Caribbean run by THRUSH, Napoleon and Illya have to stop a brainwashing scheme. This episode’s guest stars include Michael Rennie (The Day The Earth Stood Still). The fun begins at 9pm EST. Use the hashtag #UNCLEtweet. Join us!