Noel Fry (007) flanked by his Bond girls Vanna Bertodini-Fry and Beverley Hogg at the Ocean View retirement home.
Noel Fry (007) flanked by his Bond girls Vanna Bertodini-Fry and Beverley Hogg at the Ocean View retirement home. Scott Powick

Seniors Week licensed to thrill

RESIDENTS at Ocean View Banora Point had their martinis shaken, not stirred yesterday as Seniors Week celebrations continued with a James Bond-themed morning tea.

Dressed up as 007 and his many mistresses, the community got involved with canapes, blindfolded target practice and trivia.

Activities co-ordinator Rachel Philips said the Casino Royale-theme was very popular. “James Bond is just timeless; everyone likes to get dressed up from time to time and Bond really has great style,” she said.

Ms Philips said the best-dressed Bond and Bond girl were a feast for the eyes.

“Our best-dressed Bond was Noel Fry and his wife Vanna Bertodini-Fry was the best Bond girl,” Ms Philips said.

“They really made a gallant effort.”

Those who attended were surprisingly knowledgable on all things Bond, with some residents proving just how much they loved the iconic movie character.

“Some of them were surprisingly clued up, answering really obscure questions about the years movies were made and all sorts of things,” Ms Philips said.

She said Seniors Week was the perfect opportunity to host events, but it didn’t stop them from celebrating in style throughout the year.

“We’ll do something a bit quirky again next year. We try to host events all the time,” Ms Philips said.

“Its not a mandatory thing, it’s just a fancy get-together for residents and the community.

“There’s so much going on in the community during Seniors Week so it’s always nice to get a few extra people along.

“Everyone who came along had a great time.”

And as for the best Bond?

“Everyone has their favourite of course, but I think the consensus was that Sean Connery was everyone’s favourite,” Ms Philips said.

Ocean View Banora Point is an independent living village for people aged over 55 years. The village was open yesterday for the community to tour the facilities.



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