Do you like the Bond movies? Or going to the cinema in general? To be honest, I am not keen on either - and yet I found myself attending the première of "Spectre" on the 5th of November.
In the late 1980s, some of my former school mates hosted a "Bond Night", watching all Bond films that had been released by then in one very, very long session (48 hours for 17 movies). Out of the 40 people originally in attendance, 7 remained until the end. They were so "into" the entire 007-world that they started to make their own film a few years later, with the very basic means at their disposition.
Since then, there have been three of their home-made 007-movies, starring my former school mates as Bond, the Bad Guy (named Kaftan) and his two side-kicks (the "Twin Towers"), their wives and girlfriends as Bond girls and using locations in and around Ludwigsburg for the filming. The movies are a lot of fun if you know the people and the places; they follow the typical pattern of Bond v. Bad Guy, including car and boat chase.
When "Skyfall" came out a few years ago, the group of friends got in touch with the owner of Ludwigsburg's largest cinema and arranged for a première party for invited guests. I was one of them, and RJ and I went to the party. We didn't care all that much about "Skyfall", to be honest - a depressed Bond simply doesn't work for me, I'm afraid. But we laughed out loud at the home-made film that was shown before the main movie, and we had champagne and waited along the red carpet for the limousine carrying the "stars" - the guys I've known since I was about 12 years old.
This year, the première for "Spectre" went pretty much the same way. The cinema was packed, every last one of the 430 seats was taken by friends and family of the film team. Instead of Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux walking up the red carpet and clinking glasses with the première guests, Volker "Bond", Ralf "Kaftan", their friends as "Twin Towers" and their wives as "Bond Girls" arrived in front of the cinema amidst a cheering crowd and flashing lights from numerous cameras.
Their home-made movie was once again a lot of fun, and this time, I also found the real Bond movie entertaining (although I still think Christoph Waltz wasn't at his best). We had a fun night out, meeting some of my former class mates and their families and enjoying the general mood at the private cinema party. Still, I'll never be a Bond fan, and certainly wouldn't have spent any money on going to the cinema had it only been to see "Spectre".
I went to the party dressed as my very own version of a Bond Girl. Did I succeed?