When it comes to de luxe site-specific film screenings with steeply priced cocktail menus, nobody does it better than Secret Cinema. So it was only a matter of time before the pre-eminent curator of immersive movie experiences would tackle the world’s most famous agent provocateur. Its imminent Bond summer blockbuster will be a Casino Royale experience at a classified London location, promising glamour, intrigue and colour-coded murder-mystery party-style interactions.
But after building an entire 1950s US town square and a frozen Rebel base – as Secret Cinema previously for its Back to the Future and Empire Strikes Back events – hosting a casino-themed VIP martini party almost seems a little vanilla. Daniel Craig’s glowering debut as 007 might strike a useful note of artistic self-seriousness but would it have killed them to have gone a bit more bonkers with Bond? Here, for your eyes only, are some alternative suggestions.
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Looking back over the classic Connery Bonds, some would be easier to turn into immersive experiences than others. Thunderball probably features a little too much scuba-diving, but Goldfinger – where an unusually passive 007 gets kidnapped and then just lounges around drinking mint juleps – certainly has potential: a round of mini-golf with Oddjob, anyone? For sheer kiss-kiss-bang-bang-for-your-buck spectacle, though, the chance to hang out in a re-creation of the imposing volcano lair designed by Ken Adams for You Only Live Twice would be hard to beat. Free rides on Blofeld’s monorail to anyone who brings their own overalls and hardhat.
Proving that Roger Moore could still effortlessly raise an eyebrow even when experiencing heavy G-forces, Moonraker remains one of the most enjoyably daft Bonds. Who wouldn’t want to be shuttled to a lovingly reconstructed replica of Hugo Drax’s space station to method-act as one of the fusspot industrialist’s global collection of “perfect human...
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