Shaken, not stirred, for golden Goldfinger in Kirkcaldy

Sean Connery as James Bond with Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson.
Sean Connery as James Bond with Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson.
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It is regarded as the quintessential James Bond film - and now ‘Goldfinger’ is set to get the red carpet treatment to mark its golden jubilee.

The Sean Connery classic movie from 1964 has been picked as the VIP screening at the second annual festival which runs from September 19-21.

And the chance to see it on the big screen will be a huge lure for 007 fans of all ages.

The 50th anniversary gala screening - complete with live entertainment - will take place on the Saturday night as Kirkcaldy once again becomes the Cannes of the north ... for a few days.

Last year’s inaugural festival saw a near full house for a black-tie glammed-up screening of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ as well as the premiere of Richard Jobson’s dark and violent ‘Wayland’s Song.’

The finishing touches are now being put to the 2014 film festival which promises to bring the true magic of the movies back to a town when film houses were once
aplenty.

Alan Morrison, group arts editor of The Herald newspaper, is again curating the festival.

His final line-up will be revealed next week, but, as well as celebrating the world’s greatest secret agent, it will also commemorate the cententary of World War One, and also have a flavour of Fife’s own heritage and talent.

As well as screening movies, there will be opportunities to talk and debate with Q and A sessions planned with film historians.

For Bond fans, however, Saturday, September 20, is the date to keep blank in their diaries as Goldfinger is screened.

It was the third in the now classic series of 007 films, and one that set the benchmark - and template - for the rest to follow.

It starred sean Connery and gave us the legendary henchman, Odd Job, Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, as well as the iconic Shirley Bassey theme tune over the then racy image of of a naked woman painted entirely in gold.

And, as an aside, it was the first time Bond ordered his famous Martini and insisted it was “shaken - not stirred.’’

Its 50th anniversary screening promises to bring a touch of glamour to a festival which promises to entertain, educate and, perhaps, also challenge.

Laurie Piper, head of external relations for Fife Cultural Trust which stages the festival, said; “The gala screening is a great focal point for the people of the town to get together and have fun watching cinema on the big screen.

“I am certainly looking forward to finding out what this year’s programme has in store.”

Evan Henderson, programme manager at Fife Cultural Trust, added: “In this second year we’re committed to building further links with the town to make Kirkcaldy Film Festival a key date on the local calendar.

“As well as offering an entertaining weekend with cinema for all, we’re hoping to attract film fans from across Scotland, which will be beneficial to the town as a whole.”

The festival is urging local businesses to get involved by sponsoring individual films or supporting the programme, as well as enjoying the hospitality at the theatre.

Accountancy firm Condies has already sponsored the Saturday night gala screening, while the Fife Free Press is again the media partner.

More details on the festival can be found by visiting www.onfife.com