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I attended a private advanced screening of this film so I could review on my radio show on the day it opened in a theater with great sound. I had a lot of anticipation for the film but felt although the set design and color scheme were excellent, the film falls into boring land for me after 2 reels. I did not like where the story went and was saddened to see Tracy, I'm sorry Diana Rigg, in a less heroic part then she usually portrayed in motion pictures. And shame on the main character! She's down the street from a theater Running Thunderball, 1st run, and never attends the film!
 

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Jeff, I thought about that and if the year was 1969! And they did some theater advertising for that film in '69. Saw it one and a half weeks before (maybe Dec 17th) Christmas, opening night at Totowa Cinema. Very nice banners, ushers wore movie poster tags, windows had different variations of the posters. Show was at 7:00 am, sold out, 1200 seats. While we were watching the film, there was an actual blizzard outside and as the parking lot was full, plows could only go in front of and behind cars blocking them in. When we got out, my dad had the heat on high and all of the cars around us were moving back and forth to push the snow down and get out. Perfect weather for the second best 007 adventure ever created. And as we drove back out onto Route 46, OHMSS was just ending at the Totowa drive in across the street and playing on a double feature of Guns Of The Magnificent Seven!
 

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Show was at 7:00 am, sold out, 1200 seats.

Please tell me you meant to write 7:00 PM and you didn't make your poor father go to the movies at 7 in the morning, lol!

(You must mean PM because now that I'm looking at the rest of your post, the drive-in across the way wouldn't be showing it that early in the day. PHEW!!!!!!!!)

What a great story and a great memory, thanks for sharing it! :)
 

sultan of cinema

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Hey Will it was 7PM!, sorry but even the memory excites! Earliest show of any James Bond film was 6:00 am 1981 at one of my theaters. I had 12 theaters and a drive in. A friend of mine, who was a composer in Philadelphia called me at 2:00 am as I getting into bed/just like the scene of Jack Nicholson in Chinatown when he gets the mysterious phone call. He asked if it would be possible to put together a 35MM print that was delivered to a local theater for opening day several days later. His booth was Union and he couldn't get in. He wanted to know if he drove into NJ, hours away if I would put the film together and we could watch it. I agreed, called my assistant Manager Pete, who was and remains an ace projectionist and he said he would take care of business. I ran down to Dunkin Donuts which was open 24 hours a day and picked up two dozen, brought my grandmothers large coffee pot that serves 36 cups, hooked it up on the candy stand and my friend drove in at 5:45. We put the film together, Pete snipped a frame from reel one that says "For Your Eyes Only reel one leader", which I still have as a memento, ran the picture and then took it apart. My friend headed back to Philly and Pete and I headed out for breakfast.
 

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