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Bond is back as his loyalty to M is tested

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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Opening at Wells Film Centre this week is Skyfall (12A) the new James Bond Film. It stars Daniel Craig in his third outing as Bond.

Bond's loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.

As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Doctor Faustus (12A) (inset) is showing at Wells this week as part of the Shakespeare's Globe On Screen season. Doctor Faustus (Paul Hilton), restless for knowledge, forsakes scholarship for magic and makes a pact with the Devil.

If the evil spirit Mephistopheles (Arthur Darvill) will serve him for 24 years, Faustus will yield his soul to the Devil after death.

Soaring poetry, a good deal of anarchic comedy and spectacular staging accompany their adventures in a mythic tale illustrating mankind's insatiable desire for knowledge and power.

Strode Theatre, in Street is showing a specially selected group of Local Archive Films on Saturday, at 2.30pm and again at 7.30pm.

It will be accompanied by folk music and song from the Cecil Sharp collection.

On Sunday, Strode is staging an encore screening of Swan Lake at 5pm, a showing of the performance which was screened live on October 23.

The Royal Opera House's 2012/13 live Cinema Season opens with Anthony Dowell's production of Swan Lake.

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting.

When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman he is instantly captivated – will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under?

Odette/Odile is danced by Zenaida Yanowsky and Prince Siegfried by Nehemiah Kish. Tickets are £15, concessions £13, available at www.strodetheatre.co.uk or from Strode Theatre's Box Office on 01458 442846.

On Tuesday at 7.30pm and Wednesday, at 5pm and 7.30pm, Strode is screening Private Peaceful (12A).

It details the gritty rural lives and loves of Tommo and Charlie – two young brothers – and their poor Devonshire family from 1909 until 1916, when the First World War destroys their country idyll.

Both join up (one under age) leaving behind the beautiful Molly who is the love of both their lives. The young men survive gas attacks, shelling, German troops and the appalling deaths of their close friends.

But one thing they cannot escape is summary military justice.

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