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Wednesday, Feb 19 2014

Unless you are a die-hard James Bond fan, you might not know that Ian Fleming's 007 chain-smoked 70 cigarettes a day, or that the movie Bond boffed over 50 women (underwater, on a space shuttle, and aboard an iceberg-shaped mini-sub, to name a few choice locales). You also might not know that Bond was a comic strip star long before he hit the silver screen. In fact, since 1958, nearly every Bond novel and short story has been drawn and translated around the world. Original U.K. illustrator John McLusky found Fleming's carefully constructed commission somewhat effete, and gave 007 a more rugged mien. James Bond: The History of the Illustrated 007 chronicles every incarnation of MI6's renowned rake, from the Daily Express strip to DC's bowdlerized version of Dr. No (Caribbean skin tones and dialogue were turned white for Americans), and beyond. Tonight, Alan J. Porter is hosted by museum chairman Ron Evans and comedian/cartoonist Mike Capozzola for a Bond-worthy martini fest, slideshow, symposium, and memorabilia auction celebrating the world's other favorite shape shifter.

Sat., March 1, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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