| Mar 31, 2010
The English writer Sebastian Faulks is one of those curious novelists whose predilection for well-told stories and popularity with readers often have seemed impediments to serious regard.
That's a bit unfair because, with its knowing nods to Trollope,...
| Apr 27, 2011
Set during the Korean War and the onset of the Cold War, Don Winslow's "Satori," an entertaining, authorized prequel to the bestselling 1979 thriller "Shibumi" by Rodney William Whitaker (who wrote under the pen name Trevanian), is choked with every...
| Aug 3, 2010
Tom Mankiewicz, a screenwriter and premier script doctor who made his reputation working on such James Bond films as "Diamonds Are Forever," "Live and Let Die" and "The Man With the Golden Gun," has died. He was 68.
Mankiewicz, who received a...
| Jan 6, 2011
| 8:29 AM
Heroes usually deflect praise, saying they're just ordinary folks thrust into extraordinary circumstances.
When firefighters storm into blazing buildings, soldiers hurl themselves on live grenades and commuters pull strangers from hurtling trains, that's...
| Feb 1, 2011
John Barry, a five-time Academy Award-winning composer of movies such as "Born Free" and "Out of Africa" who earned a prominent spot in pop-culture history by writing the scores for 11 James Bond films, including "From Russia With Love" and "Goldfinger,"...
| Sep 18, 2010
Roderick Mann, a British-born show business writer who interviewed many of the world's biggest stars during a more than 40-year career that included serving as an entertainment columnist for the Los Angeles Times, died early Friday morning. He was 87....
| Jun 23, 2011
| 12:50 PM
The Pacific Symphony's pops series producers billed the evening, "The Music of Bond. James Bond."
Led by celebrated guest conductor Carl Davis, the symphony performed theme songs from the movies based on the thrillers Ian Fleming penned as part of a...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 8:44 AM
Our "booklub" started about six years ago. We all lived within a few blocks in Wilmette.
We really enjoyed "Small Island" by Andrea Levy. We were appalled by the treatment of black soldiers in Britain during World War II. The author's descriptions helped...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 10:24 AM
Our club meets quarterly on Thursdays, and our selections are available to be checked out from the Glencoe Library. Both genders are welcome.
One book we loved: "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas. Faced with enormous odds of merely survival,...
| Mar 3, 2011
Students ages 8-18 of CYT Chicago proudly present:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Based on the book by Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, witten for his son, the much loved 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was part of everyones childhood. A sensational...
| May 12, 2011
For sale: custom vintage auto with Hollywood pedigree. Three-liter V-6 engine, polished aluminum hood, serpent horn, wings. Has history of issues with exhaust system.
Sure, you could drop $2.6 million on a Bugatti Veyron to cruise the Sunset Strip, but...
| Dec 12, 2011
If you’ve seen Gary Oldman play Sid Vicious (“Sid and Nancy”), Lee Harvey Oswald (“JFK”) or Dracula (“Dracula”), you know Gary can be scary. In fact, “Scary Gary” was reportedly his on-set nickname...