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Calendar, Night&Day Sketch of a man

Sketch of a man

Unless you are a die-hard James Bond fan, you might not know that Ian Fleming's 007 chain-smoked 70 cigarettes a day, or that the movie Bond boffed over 50 women (underwater, on a space shuttle, and aboard an iceberg-shaped…
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Calendar, Night&Day What else is a film fest for?

What else is a film fest for?

Obviously, you must seize the rare opportunity to behold the star-studded, anti-drug espionage extravaganza, The Poppy Is Also a Flower, mostly filmed in Iran in the mid-1960s, extracted from a story by Ian Fleming, and narrated by Grace Kelly.…
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Film, <i>Royale</i> Flush

Royale Flush

By all rights, 2002's Die Another Day should have been and could have been the final James Bond film. It was packaged like a cynical, weary best-of concert coughed up by an aging dinosaur, offering copious nods to the franchise's…
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Dining, Eat Kobe Seekers

Kobe Seekers

The Osaka Grill is a Japanese restaurant in Polk Gulch just down the block from the Galaxy Theater. It's a high-ceilinged, white-on-white, starkly hip establishment where skilled chefs practice the dazzling art of teppanyaki, the slicing and grilling of food.…
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Best Place to Rendezvous With a Secret Agent

You've seen it in a dozen Ian Fleming confections: The compelling-forbidding cavelike entrance, the golden Buddha grinning from his shrinelike crevasse, the picturesque lanterns dangling from the ceiling, the bar where a white-suited George Lazenby sips and waits. The supporting…
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Dining, Eat Hog Heaven

Hog Heaven

There's an old joke about a GI who was stuck in an Italian prison camp for two years: "Well, at least he ate well." The punch line doesn't work if you substitute any other national adjective for "Italian." There's no…
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