The name’s Bond, James Bond
This is the classic introduction of James Bond, Royal Navy Commander, a fictional secret service agent created by Ian Fleming in the early 50’s. Many of us have grown up with films of this dashing, spymaster as he fought the cold war with gadgets and gizmos and a dash of romance thrown in. Pinewood Studios and Eon Films have been instrumental in bringing Bond to celluloid with 23 films so far. Apart from the highly improbable situations that Bond finds himself in, the different gadgets that he uses, the stylised introduction and the slick production of each film, the Pretty Young Things he cavorts with, Bond films are known for their memorable sound tracks.
Limelight Entertainment brought to stage a “Licence to Thrill” a concert of Bond movies’ unforgettable music specially to coincide with Tourism Malaysia’s MEGA FAM and launch of the 1MYES, part of their Visit Malaysia 2014 campaign. I was fortunate enough to watch the first show , on the first day at the Istana Budaya at Kuala Lumpur.
Istana Budaya or Palace of Culture is the main venue for the performing arts in Kuala Lumpur. Located in the heart of the city, it is characterised by its blue roofs and has state-of-the art stage equipment that is comparable to that of Royal Albert Hall, London. With grand boxes on the side and comfortable seats in the stalls and balcony, the majestic looking theatre with opulent interiors can accommodate up to 1,412 people at a time.