Bond supper club a license to dine

Melissa Balfour is hosting a James Bond Supper Club pot luck at the River Market on Thursday to celebrate all things 007. - MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER
Melissa Balfour is hosting a James Bond Supper Club pot luck at the River Market on Thursday to celebrate all things 007.

Balfour. Melissa Balfour.

She may prefer her beverages be stirred, not shaken, but that doesn’t diminish her enthusiasm for James Bond movies.

On Thursday Balfour will be putting her Moneypenny where her heart is by hosting a James Bond Supper Club, For Your Eyes (and stomach) Only potluck at the River Market.

It is, she says, a chance to make new friends, share some good food and celebrate all things 007. There’s no shortage of the latter.

Created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1953, the suave, sardonic, sartorially splendid super spy has spawned 23 movies, the latest of which, Skyfall, is being released on Friday. Despite being portrayed over the years by seven different actors with varying degrees of sophistication, smugness and satire, Bond has endured all manner of threats to global peace and security, triumphed over a multitude of diabolical villains.

He’s “classic” and “timeless,” says Balfour who’s seen all the Bond movies. “You can watch it as a kid and you don’t really know what’s going on.”

Especially between the sheets.

There’s no doubt Bond has a way with the ladies, loving and leaving them as he battles malevolence; sometimes they’re even one and the same. He is, says Balfour, “the ultimate bad boy.”

“You wonder who’s going to tame that guy, but it never ends well.”

Balfour counts Sean Connery’s six-film run as a dark, introspective Bond as her favourite. But the current version, played by a brooding, hard-edged Daniel Craig, is moving up the charts.

“A Bond movie is an event,” says Balfour, who’s hoping her guests will dress up as their best Bond character. She’ll have plenty of poker chips and punch martinis on hand, and the evening will be topped by a screening of the 1981 Bond film For Your Eyes Only, starring Roger Moore.

The James Bond Supper Club begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, visit: www.facebook.com/pages/New-Veganminster-Project.


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