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Everything or Nothing,a new documentary on James Bond films’ history,shows the real story behind the film franchise—full of twists and turns

Published: October 7, 2012 2:28:17 am

Everything or Nothing,

a new documentary on James Bond films’ history,shows the real story behind the film franchise—full of twists and turns,heroes,villains and narrow escapes,like the 007 fantasies themselves. Everything or Nothing released in theatres on Friday,branded Global James Bond Day to mark 50 years since the world premiere of Dr. No. The documentary directed by Stevan Riley underlines how the series was not always so secure. “We’ve been through two bankruptcies,and we’ve been through attacks by competing series so we’ve had our ups and downs,” said long-time Bond producer Michael G. Wilson of the franchise’s more serious setbacks.

ABBA museum,

a permanent exhibition devoted to the pop supergroup will open next year in the Swedish capital. The museum will feature memorabilia like stage costumes worn by the singers. “Swedish pop music is an important part of our cultural heritage,” said former ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus. ABBA shot to fame when they won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Waterloo. They went on to become one of Sweden’s biggest exports with such hit songs as Dancing Queen and Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight). Separate plans for an earlier museum on ABBA were shelved in 2008.

David Blaine,

magician and endurance artist,climbed atop a wobbling platform above a high-voltage Tesla coil in a tent on a Manhattan pier on Tuesday,dressed in a 20-pound chain-mail suit,and proceeded to shoot purplish arcs of lightning out of his hands and the top of his head. The event was a preview of a stunt he will undertake starting on Friday,when he plans to stand on a 20-foot-high platform for 72 hours amid an artificial lightning storm crackling between low-current,million-volt Tesla coils. Blaine’s stainless steel chain-mail suit is a so-called Faraday suit,an adaptation of the principle of the Faraday cage in which an enclosure of highly conductive material shields whatever is within the enclosure from an electric field.

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