Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Bond-A-Rama, August 8, 2011 ***1/2

 Bond-A-Rama, Chapel off Chapel *** 1/2
  • Kate Herbert
  • From: Herald Sun
  • August 08, 2011 5:10PM 

 BOND-A-RAMA, Chapel off Chapel, until August 21, 2011

SLAP on your dinner suit and Omega Seamaster, leap into the Aston Martin, cue theme music and prepare for James Bond overload in Bond-A-Rama.

Unless you've lived in an extinct volcano or underwater lair for 40 years, you know Bond movies, their ever-changing lead actor, treacherous villains, secret hideaways and whiz-bang gadgetry.

Bond-A-Rama is a clever spoof performed by Michael Ward, Stephen Hall, Emily Taheny and Lawrence Mooney playing myriad roles.

Director Russell Fletcher sets a cracking, car-chase pace, particularly for the first 20 minutes as the cast tries to recreate 22 Bond movies in one hour before the theatre explodes.

The low-budget opening credits are a hoot. Hall is a riot as Sean Connery playing 007. Mooney is a good villain and alarming as a bikini-clad, Bond girl while Ward plays a suitably tetchy M.

Taheny is a gem singing satirical Bond parodies and as panting Miss Moneypenny and various tough Bond broads.
The second half is bumpy, needing more movie parody and less chatter, but the show has plenty of laughs.

Star rating: *** 1/2

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