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The Thomas Crown Affair

It started with a chance meeting and a man who looks like Steve McQueen. Thoughts turned to McQueen's movies, to how the fashions of then are not dissimilar to the fashions of now and how today's smart tailoring, for women as well as men, draws to mind the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair.

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You know the name... you know the number... Yes, that most famous secret service agent is back, and to celebrate the launch of Talking Pages' Hotline to the Movies (0800 600 900), they are offering you the chance to be among the first to see this latest Bond adventure. To mark the launch, Talking Pages are sponsoring the celebrity premiere of Goldeneye, starring Pierce Brosnan (above), at the Odeon Leicester Square on 22 November.

Never mind the quality, feel the pitch

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The exec sec is back!

"Creme 95", said the poster. A blonde in a lipstick red suit, photographed from somewhere below her simply sheer calves, invited passers- by to visit The Executive Secretary Show at Olympia. Exhibitors would include Executive Woman magazine. The daily seminar schedule would begin with Realising Your Potential and end with Managing an Office Team. Clothes designed by Ravens, a "premium fashion house", would be modelled in an "extravaganza of colour and style". How could I refuse?

TELEVISION / Searching for life after Bondage

Any idea what this is, 007? Yes sir, it's a profile of one of the greatest cinematic icons of the last 30 years, which has been contrived to look like an edition of This is Your Life. Instead of a full-length Bondage session, Sean Connery has chos en to celebrate 30 years in the film industry by concentrating on the last 10, with a profile not out of place in the pages of Hello! magazine. From Russia with Love hardly gets a look-in in Sean Connery: A Profile (3.35pm C4) as Pussy Galore makes way f or unadulterated back-patting from an assortment of family, friends and showbiz editors. The basic message here is that Sean Connery should not be confused with James Bond, but has in fact escaped the clutches of the British Secret Service to become one of Hollywood's elder statesmen. Surely some mistake? Unfortunately not, for as the camera switches between hometown applause in Edinburgh and domestic bliss in Spain, you almost forget that this is the same man who defeated some of the top criminal minds, seduced some of the most beautiful women and spoke some of the most memorable lines of the 20th century.

Opinions: Whose private number would you like to get hold of?

RHODA KOENIG, writer: I'd ring Virginia Bottomley to ask where she got her nerve, and call up Richard Gere and ask him if he thinks his recent exploits are good publicity for the Dalai Lama.

Bachelors want women who glow, purr or slither

BOOK launches are not events normally associated with girls in fishnet tights and leotards with no bottoms. But most book launches are not in aid of Nesta Wyn Ellis, John Major's biographer (principal revelation: John Major is sexy), who has now compiled Britain's Top 100 Eligible Bachelors. She celebrated publication of this latest work at Stringfellow's on Wednesday night (Peter Stringfellow is bachelor number 30), where the first sight to greet arriving guests was not the usual scruffy author or intense literary type, but girls with no cellulite and the willingness to walk around with only fishnet tights covering their buttocks.

Alive and kicking: The British Film industry is not what it was, but reports of its death are greatly exaggerated. This is a bumper year for films being made in this country - some with foreign money, some with foreign talent, but all using British resources and know-how. Sheila Johnston considers the current state of the art and, with Ryan Gilbey, surveys 20 of the best coming attractions

So the National Heritage Select Committee is sending a fact-finding team to Hollywood to look for ways of 'putting the British film industry back on top'. One wonders why they are bothering. That British film industry as we used to know and love it might be dead, but British locations and studio space, creative talent and technical wizardry are suddenly more in demand then ever.

Letter: Shaken and stirred by Bond debate

Sir: After reading 'Would the real 007 stand up?' (9 June) and many more articles on the subject of the 'new' James Bond, I feel that something constructive should be said about the last 007 - Timothy Dalton. The only mentions of Dalton have been in reference to his films as 'relative flops' and how he was a mere 'stand-in'.

Captain Moonlight: Bond's style counsel

SOME so-called fashion pundits have taken it upon themselves to scorn Pierce Brosnan, the new James Bond, for wearing brown shoes with a suit, in town (pictured above). What is it about brown shoes that irritates the English so? The Captain's father, who was a major, but from the ranks, was once offered violence in the mess at Colchester for the light-brown pallor of his shoes. I wear mine in his memory, despite all social censure. Not brown suede, however: they are for politicians and golfers. All a bit of a minefield. I recall coming across a Daily Telegraph sub-editor in Fleet Street on his way into work on a Sunday in tweeds. It was pouring with rain; he was very wet. I asked him why he didn't have an umbrella. The look of contempt sears me still. 'What?' he said. 'With country clothes?'

Brosnan wins Bond fanatics' approval

THE NAME is Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan has taken over the part of the superspy 007 for the next James Bond film, Goldeneye, writes Glenda Cooper.

Dear Sean Connery: An American as James Bond? Or an Australian? Please come back, Sean, you're the only one licensed to make a girl go phoaah]

No doubt you've heard of Timothy Dalton's decision to hand back his Walther PPK and resign from Her Majesty's Secret Service. I know that you're terribly busy these days and sick to death of being stalked by the ghost of James Bond, but the fact is, there's a bit of a crisis on.

Licence to thrill awaits a new 007: Timothy Dalton is giving up the role of James Bond. Glenda Cooper reports

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