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By Sarah Ward
December 20, 2020
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By Sarah Ward
December 20, 2020
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Break out the martinis and prepare for a shaken but not stirred few months — because Bond, James Bond, is coming to the Lido, Cameo and Classic Cinemas. At 7pm every Wednesday and Sunday evening between January 10–March 21, the three Melbourne venues will screen all 24 official films in the espionage franchise, all as part of an event that's called Bondathon.

The late, great Sean Connery smouldering his way through everything from Dr. No to Diamonds Are Forever, Roger Moore stepping into 007's shoes between Live and Let Die and A View to A Kill, Timothy Dalton's two-film run in The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill — they're all included. So is Pierce Brosnan's stint as the secret agent between GoldenEye and Die Another Day, and Daniel Craig's four contributions to-date since Casino Royale. Aussie actor George Lazenby's one-movie appearance as Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service is also on the bill.

The action franchise's 25th movie, No Time to Die, is currently slated to hit the big screen in April — after being delayed several times due to COVID-19. So, as tends to be the case when it comes to James Bond, Bondathon's timing is perfect.

If you're particularly keen to not only rove your eyes over every single detail — and every villain, Bond girl, gadget and opening credits sequence too — but to do so while sipping a martini, they'll be on offer from each of the venue's bars. As for donning a tuxedo, well, that's up to you.

Need some more motivation? Let the trailer for Spectre get you in a 007 mood:

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