WAIT UNTIL DARK
1967, Warner Bros., 108 min, USA, Dir: Terence Young

The original tagline perfectly captures the spine-tingling chill of Terence Young’s notorious thriller: “The blinds moving up and down… The squeaking shoes… And then the knife whistling past her ear.” Audrey Hepburn stars as Susy Hendrix, a blind woman terrorized by a duo of thugs and psychopathic mastermind Roat (Alan Arkin) as they search for a doll stuffed with heroin believed to be in her apartment. Hepburn received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her frighteningly believable performance.


THUNDERBALL
1965, MGM/Park Circus, 130 min, UK, Dir: Terence Young

Bond’s therapeutic rest cure is cut short when a British bomber with two A-bombs aboard is hijacked by SPECTRE and secreted below the waters of the Caribbean. Featuring three of the most dynamic Bond women ever: Claudine Auger as Domino; fiery Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe; and Martine Beswick as Paula, Bond’s assistant.


DR. NO
1962, MGM/Park Circus, 111 min, UK, Dir: Terence Young

Now almost taken for granted, this initial adaptation of Ian Fleming’s spy novels was a subversive breath of fresh air, depicting for the first time a secret agent who was an unapologetically suave, promiscuous - not to mention homicidal hero. Sean Connery proved amazingly popular as the ultimate sexy beast, James Bond, ushering in the entire 1960s spy-film craze. One of the best of the Bond films, with its Caribbean locale, Ursula Andress’ sensual presence as the feral nature girl and Joseph Wiseman as the evil mastermind with black metal hands.


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