British Films

Live and let drive

The Aston Martin DB5 from Dr No sold by RM Auctions for £2.9 million.

It's a big year for James Bond. With his 23rd film and the 50th birthday of Dr No, 007-mania is bigger than ever, particularly in auction houses. But do you have the cash to buy a Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5? Andy Round talks to the collectors and dealers and finds out why classic Bondis always golden.

Saturday, 1 September, 2012, 1:37am

French Diva of Chanson

Jean Thorel conducts singer Mouron (left), pianist Terry Truck and the City Chamber Orchestra of HK performing 20 Parisian hit songs including La Vie En Rose and Je Ne Regrette Rien. A Le French May programme. Apr 23-24, 8pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$300, HK$450 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2864 2156

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

BOOK (1973)

Fear of Flying by Erica Jong Holt, Rinehart and Winston

Since its publication in 1973, Erica Jong's debut novel has sold more than 20 million copies and is now considered a classic second-wave feminist text. Jong turns 70 this year and Fear of Flying, which propelled her to fame, remains the most popular of her 20 books.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sampling Rampling

While she's now known as one of the leading actresses of her generation, Charlotte Rampling had once hoped for a quieter, more scholastic life.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Tough Mr Bond can steal the bonus

After six months of competition, the 1010 Happy Valley Million Challenge will come down to its usual nail-biting finish at the city course tonight, with horses who are not in contention standing in the way of the front-runners and Mr Bond looking a great chance to steal the main prize.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (read by Paul Ansdell) Long Barn Books (audiobook)

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Dickens' super-bad guys

'I like villains because they have a plan, no matter how twisted. They're motivated'

Russell Crowe - film actor

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Hamlet Fringe Studio

Poor Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Shakespeare gave them short shrift when he wrote Hamlet, but the Perilous Mouths production about to open at the Fringe Studio dispenses with them altogether.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Adaptations reveal the bear facts about books

Early last month, I took my four year-old daughter to see the KidsFest stage performance of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, based on the book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. We have Helen Oxenbury's I Can and I Hear, two of her books for babies, but had not yet read Bear Hunt. We managed to borrow the book from a mummy-friend.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (read by Alex Jennings) Penguin Books (Audiobook)

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Love, books and other passions

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides Fourth Estate

In what must go down as one of the most compelling opening paragraphs of a novel written in recent times, The Marriage Plot connects the reader directly with the mindset of its bookish female protagonist, Madeleine Hanna, and with the audacious literary intent of its author in one fell swoop.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Johnny English Reborn

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West Director: Oliver Parker Category: IIA

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


If only all birthdays were like this. September marks the start of a two-month tribute to revered British filmmaker Ken Loach.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Outstanding debut sets vampires far away from Forks

Department 19 By Will Hill Published by HarperCollins ISBN 978 000 78354450

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Route Irish; In Our Name

Route Irish Mark Womack, Andrea Lowe, John Bishop Director: Ken Loach

In Our Name Joanne Froggatt, Mel Raido, Chloe Jayne-Wilkinson Director: Brian Welsh

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am