Friday, May 22, 2015

Movie Premiere and An Assistant Director….Day 142 of Bond 365

This day in Bond history A View to a Kill premiered at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California in 1985, marking the first time a Bond film premiered outside of the UK according to Wiki. It was the fourteenth Eon Productions’ produced James Bond film and was Sir Roger Moore’s last outing as the British secret agent, who matches wits with arch villain Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) who is targeting Silicon Valley for destruction. John Glen was back at the helm for a third time, and the theme song was by Duran Duran, which kept true with their musical style at the time. One of my favorite characters was Patrick Macnee as Sir Godfrey Tibbett. The exchange between him and Roger Moore was memorable and humorous. And, there was the young, fresh face of Dolph Lundgren as Venz.

Gus Agosti
Passed away this day in 1998
Assistant Director for Thunderball

Gus Agosti is a bit of a mystery since I didn’t have much success online other than IMDB. He started out as a Second Assistant Director in My Brother Jonathan in 1948 and from there, seemed to have a steady stream of films that he worked on up to 1979. During his career, he worked with David Lean on The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957); Ben-Hur (1959) starring Charlton Heston and Jack Hawkins; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) starring Dick Van Dyke; with John Huston on The Kremlin Letter (1970); and Le Mans (1971) starring Steve McQueen.

Agosti passed away in 1998 in Italy. His age was not known.

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