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APRIL 2013
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In This Issue:

  • "Casino Royale" Exhibit and Campus Celebration Opens 12 April

  • Boneyard Arts Fest: Bond Preview

  • Spring Exhibit: "Names Swallowed by the Cold"

  • Dag Avango, Swedish Arctic Expert, to Speak 8 April

  • No. 44 Society Roundtable on Collecting 10 April

  • Student Essay Contest Entries Now Being Taken

  • Shakespeare's Birthday Party!

  • Remembering Proust's "Swann" is 100

Opening in April:

Casino Royale

Casino Royale and Beyond: 60 Years of Ian Fleming's Literary Bond

12 April to
12 July 2013
Curated by
Michael L. VanBlaricum

University of Illinois alum Michael L. VanBlaricum (BSEE ’72, MSEE ’74, PhD ’76), has amassed one of the finest collections of Ian Fleming material in private hands. He is also President of the Ian Fleming Foundation.

To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Fleming's first book featuring secret agent "007," James Bond, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music have invited VanBlaricum to curate a multi-venue exhibition.

Exhibits in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library will include a manuscript copy of Fleming’s earliest surviving short story, dozens of editions, translations, and even parodies of Casino Royale, and Fleming’s letter bludgeoning his friends to actually buy the book.

Also highlighted are selections from Fleming’s notable journalism career, the first editions of all the “Bond” books, original cover art for the 1955 British paperback, and a typescript manuscript of Casino Royale on loan from the Lilly Library at Indiana University.

Banker, wartime spymaster, foreign news editor, children’s author (the creator of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and himself a bibliophile, the creator of “Bond, James Bond,” left an indelible mark on twentieth-century culture. This exhibition traces the influence of Fleming’s creation of Bond forward to our own century.

Gala Exhibition Opening!

12 April 3:00–6:00 PM
Talk by Michael L. VanBlaricum
Room 66 Library,
1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL

Join us for a special presentation by Michael L. VanBlaricum to open the campus festivities! A reception will follow, upstairs, in Room 346, The Rare Book & Manuscript  Library.

Casino RoyaleUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Collaborative Celebration!

The Birth of Bond: Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale at 60

"The Birth of Bond" is a collaboration of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Please visit the "Birth of Bond" website for complete information on all events and exhibitions.

Spurlock Museum

Exhibit: "Unconventional Bond: The Strange Life of Casino Royale on Film"
12 April—16 June 2013
600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Unlike all the other Bond novels, which were sold to Eon Productions for filming, Casino Royale went through several producers and was made into three startlingly different films. This exhibit tells the story of these three versions, from the modest CBS-TV production in 1954, to the bizarre, psychedelic spoof of 1967, to the “canonical” 2006 Daniel Craig version, considered one of the best Bond films. The exhibit also traces the legal path that led to Never Say Never Again, a second version of Thunderball, and looks at the never-produced Bond script, Warhead. Props, scripts, posters, and an Aston Martin film car will be displayed.

James Bond Film Festival

26—28 April 2013
• Spurlock Museum
• Free Admission

This three-day celebration features both films and discussion of Ian Fleming’s iconic British Secret Service agent.  John Cork, a noted Bond film historian, will lead the discussions.  A schedule of titles, times and activities will be available on the Museum’s website:

1967 Casino Royale
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Exhibit: "The James Bond Theme: Music to Live, Die, and Love Another Day"

12 April 2013—14 March 2014
1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign, Illinois

Many film scholars have suggested that John Barry’s early Bond orchestrations established an entirely new music genre to portray the excitement and intrigue associated with the spy thrillers of the 1960s.

However, the syncopated guitar riff that begins the “James Bond” music theme that was first introduced in 1962 for Dr. No, and the rich orchestral cadence of the infamous “007” tune that was launched in From Russia with Love in 1963 have remained the two quintessential melodies associated with all of the Bond movie sequels that followed between 1964 and 2012. This exhibit explores the historical and musical roots of these two distinct movie themes, and illustrates through music, photographs, graphic art, and oral history interviews their lasting impact on the Bond movie legacy.

Jazz Band Concert: Featuring the Music of the James Bond Films

13 April 2013
• 7:00 PM
• Free Admission
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana

“Spy music,” as the lounge movement of the late 20th century would come to call it, had a cool, slinky vibe and was rooted as much in jazz and pop as in classical music.  John Barry and and many other composers, arrangers, and performers provided varied interpretations of this new movie music genre including Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith, Quincy Jones, Bill Conti, Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, and Marvin Hamlisch.  This exciting concert highlights several of these innovative jazz arrangements as well as other big band works derived from the rich Bond movie music legacy.


Thursday, 11 April in RBML

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2013 Boneyard Arts

A Sneak Peek at Bond!

Here's your chance to get a first look at the upcoming exhibition of James Bond materials at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library!

As part of the 40 North | 88 West Champaign County Arts Council's Boneyard Arts Festival for 2013, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library will be hosting readings from the original James Bond novels, as well as a Jazz Quartet that will play music referenced in Ian Fleming's legendary books.

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ONLY!



Names Swallowed by the Cold:
Hidden Histories of Arctic Exploration
25 January—8 April 2013

Curated by Adam Doskey

Ross Expedition

This exhibition of unique materials about Arctic exploration commemorates the centenary of the Crocker Land Expedition, an Arctic expedition co-sponsored by the University of Illinois, which included recent University of Illinois graduates W. Elmer Ekblaw and Maurice Tanquary.


The exhibition features manuscript materials from Sir William Parry, Sir John Franklin, and Sir John Richardson, and many association copies of works by important explorers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that focus on the Anglo-American contribution to Arctic exploration. The exhibits include items from the Palmer-Parry Collection, the Sir John Richardson Collection, the Schwatka Arctic Library, and the Mercanton Polar Library.

Special Closing Lecture!

On 8 April at 3 p.m., The Rare Book & Manuscript Library welcomes Dr. Dag Avango of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) at Stockholm, who will deliver a lecture to close the exhibition: "The Industrial Archaeology of Polar Exploration." Dr. Avango studies the history of technology in the polar regions and has written about industrial archaeology on Svalbard and South Georgia Island.

Polar bear jumping

A standard-sized set of six greeting cards (see examples, above) featuring Arctic scenes from these collections is also available for $5 from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. A great gift idea!



April Meeting

No. 44 Society

10 April 2013

3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.

(346 Library)

Please join us at the April No. 44 Society meeting for a stimulating round-table discussion of the tension between collecting and scholarship.

Led by No. 44 Society members John Dussinger, Bart Clark, and Adam Doskey, the talk will focus how private collecting impacts, for better or for worse, the accumulation of scholarly resources.

Open to the public.


Essay Prize Contests:

The Harris Fletcher Award
& T.W. Baldwin Prize

To foster the use of primary sources and rare materials, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers two prizes each year for the best research paper based on original sources from RBML. The prizes, co-sponsored by the The No. 44 Society, include separate judging and prizes for undergraduate (Fletcher Award) and graduate (Baldwin Prize) student papers. Professors in any department may nominate a student’s work. All submissions must be made by faculty (not by the students themselves).

The award for each category is $500. Entries should be emailed to Dennis Sears (dsears (at) illinois (dot) edu), The Rare Book & Manuscript Library's Public Programs Manager, 346 Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL 61801, MC-522. Deadline for entry: 3 May 2013.


ShakespeareDon't Forget Will Shakespeare's Birthday!

23 April at 3 pm
346 Library (RBML)

Cake & libations to anyone who can recite fourteen lines (or a sonnet) from Shakespeare!


marcel proust

Upcoming Summer Exhibition!

"Swann is 100"

Join us July 19 as RBML opens an exhibition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Marcel Proust's Du Côté de Chez Swann (Swann's Way,) the first volume in his magisterial;
À la recherche du temps perdu, (1913-1927.)

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