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The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library kicks off a series of classic James Bond movies starring Sean Connery on Monday, February 24, 2014. The four-part series will take place in the second floor events room of the main library, and all presentations begin at 6 pm. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The first film in the series is "Dr. No" (1962) on Monday, February 24. Sean Connery makes his debut as the daring 007, with Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder and Joseph Wiseman as the title villain. Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, and Jack Lord also star.

On Monday, March 3, the library will show "From Russia with Love" (1963). Daniela Bianchi stars as Connery's romantic interest, but classic movie fans will be pleased to recognize Pedro Armendariz and Robert Shaw in supporting roles. The scene stealer of the movie, however, is Lotte Lenya as Russian agent Rosa Klebb.

"Goldfinger" (1964) will be shown on Monday, March 10. Honor Blackman stars as the provocatively named Pussy Galore, while Gert Frobe plays the title villain. Harold Sakata brings to life another iconic evil henchman in the character of Oddjob, and Desmond Llewelyn makes his first appearance in the role of Q.

The final film of the series will be "Thunderball" (1965) on Monday, March 24. Connery's Bond returns to his fight against SPECTRE, this time represented by Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo. Claudine Auger is Domino, and the supporting cast includes series regulars Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, and Desmond Llewelyn.

Learn more about the iconic movie spy by watching the video at the top of this article. Visit the official website of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library for more information about these and other upcoming events. The main branch of the library is located at 915 Monroe Street near downtown Huntsville.

Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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