Circle Drive-In hosts James Bond double feature

By Gene Axton - [email protected]
Items from Bob Savakinus’ collection of James Bond memorabilia will be on display at Six East before the James Bond double feature. Reservations can be made by calling the Lackawanna Historical Society. - Submitted photos
Bob Savakinus of Pittston is an avid James Bond fan. His favorite Bond film, “A View to a Kill,” is playing as part of a Bond double feature at the Circle Drive-In on Aug. 26. - Submitted photos
Actor Roger Moore, alias British secret agent James Bond, is seen with his co-stars Tanya Roberts, and Grace Jones, right, in front of Chateau de Chantilly, on set of the 007 action film “A View To Kill,” near Paris, France, on Aug. 17, 1984. - AP Photos
Italian actress Luciana Paoluzzi one of the new James Bond girls, and actor Sean Connery are shown during filming of the James Bond picture “Thunderball” at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England, March 16, 1965. - - AP Photos

SCRANTON — Pop culture provides a lens through which we can view our past, and the James Bond films are each a reflection of their contemporary issues. It made sense, then, for the Lackawanna Historical Society to partner with a local pop culture maven like the Circle Drive-In to reach more people in the community. Their mission: hold a James Bond double feature that makes history (even more) fun.

Their target: Aug. 26. Their martinis: shaken, not stirred.

According to the society’s Executive Director, Mary Ann Savakinus, the idea for the James Bond double feature was born from an internal conversation about recently deceased actress and Scranton native Liz Scott. The historical society set a date for the Liz Scott event (Sept. 30) and liked the idea of organizing classic film events so much that they began to entertain the idea of booking another. That’s when Mary Ann’s husband, Bob, found the perfect use for one of his favorite fictional characters.

“I think because—well, I like history and I think James Bond is one of the historical characters,” Bob Savakinus said. “He’s been around for over 50 years and if you look at the way the trends have changed—whether it’s fashion or politics or anything—(both) James Bond as a character and the James Bond movies have changed to reflect the times.”

Circle Drive-In General Manager David Castelli knows what it means to reflect the times—the facility he manages has made the costly switch to digital projection, installed a second screen and added fiber optics to increase its capabilities. Castelli and the Circle Drive-In have prepared for the future, but they haven’t forgotten about the important things from the past.

“I’ve been doing film exhibitions for around 26 years so when (the historical society) came to me and said, ‘let’s do these two films,’ I thought it was just a great idea. I’ve seen all the Bond films and I’m a big fan of James Bond and the Bond films.”

The two Bond films to be featured are 1965’s “Thunderball” and 1985’s “A View to a Kill.” Each is celebrating an anniversary this year and offers a different leading man, with Sean Connery playing Bond in the former and Roger Moore donning the 007 moniker for the latter. Bob sees the cultural value in each of the actor’s portrayals, but he isn’t afraid to play favorites.

“‘A View to a Kill’ is actually my all-time favorite Bond movie,” he said. “It’s (the film’s) 30th anniversary (and) it’s Roger Moore’s final Bond movie. Christopher Walken (who plays the movie’s antagonist) is kind of underappreciated—not a lot of people even associate with him as being a bond villain. “Thunderball,” (is celebrating its) 50th anniversary and there’s a lot of Sean Connery Bond fans out there so it kind of makes sense to do one Roger Moore and one Sean Connery.”

The Lackawanna Historical Society is selling reservations for a pre-feature reception at nearby restaurant Six East that will feature Bond memorabilia culled from Bob’s private collection. The Lackawanna History Society is taking steps to help the public see history through a different lens—Mary called the night a “fundraiser and a fun-raiser at the same time”—and on Aug. 26, the lens will be focused for fans of history, cinema and martinis of a certain prepratory method.

Items from Bob Savakinus’ collection of James Bond memorabilia will be on display at Six East before the James Bond double feature. Reservations can be made by calling the Lackawanna Historical Society.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Bond-3.jpgItems from Bob Savakinus’ collection of James Bond memorabilia will be on display at Six East before the James Bond double feature. Reservations can be made by calling the Lackawanna Historical Society. Submitted photos

Bob Savakinus of Pittston is an avid James Bond fan. His favorite Bond film, “A View to a Kill,” is playing as part of a Bond double feature at the Circle Drive-In on Aug. 26.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Bond1.jpgBob Savakinus of Pittston is an avid James Bond fan. His favorite Bond film, “A View to a Kill,” is playing as part of a Bond double feature at the Circle Drive-In on Aug. 26. Submitted photos

Actor Roger Moore, alias British secret agent James Bond, is seen with his co-stars Tanya Roberts, and Grace Jones, right, in front of Chateau de Chantilly, on set of the 007 action film “A View To Kill,” near Paris, France, on Aug. 17, 1984.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_aviewtokill.jpgActor Roger Moore, alias British secret agent James Bond, is seen with his co-stars Tanya Roberts, and Grace Jones, right, in front of Chateau de Chantilly, on set of the 007 action film “A View To Kill,” near Paris, France, on Aug. 17, 1984. AP Photos

Italian actress Luciana Paoluzzi one of the new James Bond girls, and actor Sean Connery are shown during filming of the James Bond picture “Thunderball” at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England, March 16, 1965.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_connery.jpgItalian actress Luciana Paoluzzi one of the new James Bond girls, and actor Sean Connery are shown during filming of the James Bond picture “Thunderball” at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England, March 16, 1965. AP Photos

By Gene Axton

[email protected]

IF YOU GO:

Where: Circle Drive-In

When: Wednesday, Aug. 26. Movies begin at 7:30 p.m.

How Much: $7 per person at the gate

Pre-feature reception: The Six East restaurant will hold a pre-feature reception for the event at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are $7 and can be made at 570-344-3841.

Gene Axton has never seen a James Bond movie. You can berate him for it by calling 570-704-3943.

Gene Axton has never seen a James Bond movie. You can berate him for it by calling 570-704-3943.