Egyptian hosts ‘Best of James Bond’ weekend

The American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre blasts into the new year with “The Best of James Bond: 007,” which features four Sean Connery classics and a double bill of the best -- or is that an oxymoron? -- of the Roger Moore Bond flicks.

The martinis begin to shake Friday with 1962’s “Dr. No,” which made Connery a superstar. Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman and Jack Lord also star. Rounding out the evening is the fifth of the Connery Bonds, 1967’s “You Only Live Twice,” which is set in Japan and features a script by Roald Dahl. Bond expert Steve Rubin will introduce the film.

Rubin will also hold a Bond trivia contest with Saturday’s offerings: 1964’s “Goldfinger” and 1965’s “Thunderball.” Rounding out the Bond weekend Sunday are the two Moore flicks, 1979’s “Moonraker” and 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only.”

Trading in the high-tech gadgetry for a decidedly low-tech era, the Egyptian ushers in its “Kings and Queens, Knights and Jesters” fest on Wednesday, co-presented by the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. The trip to medieval England begins with the 1949 Technicolor musical comedy “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” starring Bing Crosby, and Danny Kaye’s funniest film, 1956’s “The Court Jester.”


Comedy showcase

The Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre continues its screwball-comedy festival Friday with its Marx Brothers double bill of 1932’s “Horse Feathers and 1933’s “Duck Soup.” Saturday’s offering are two Frank Capra gems from Columbia: the 1934 comedy “It Happened One Night,” which swept the Academy Awards, and 1931’s Platinum Blonde,” with Jean Harlow and Robert Williams.

On tap for Sunday are two W.C. Fields vehicles: 1941’s surreal “Never Give a Sucker an Even Break” and 1935’s “Man on the Flying Trapeze.”

At the Skirball


The Skirball presents 1961’s jazz drama “Paris Blues Tuesday afternoon, starring Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Joanne Woodward and Diahann Carroll.

LACMA matinees

And the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Tuesday matinee screening offers up the 1932 best picture winner, “Grand Hotel,” which features some of the biggest MGM stars of the time, including Greta Garbo, John and Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery and Lewis Stone. Incredibly, it was nominated only for best film.