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Gurney's Inn New Year's Eve James Bond Bacchanal!

Originally Posted: November 28, 2012

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

A former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, with Gurney's Marketing Director Ingrid Lemme at the 2009 Hamptons International Film Festival Opening Night Party at Gurney's. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

Montauk- One of the hottest New Year's Eve parties in the Hamptons this year will undoubtedly be at Gurney's Inn, as the landmark resort plans a Bond...James Bond bacchanal!

This year marks the Golden 50th Anniversary of the James Bond films and in celebration of the iconic and seminal spy protagonist created by Ian Fleming, Gurney's Inn, Resort and Spa is throwing their 50th Anniversary NYE party as a Bond themed event, "From Montauk With Love." Frankly, a brilliant idea!

"Dr. No" was the first Bond film released on October 5, 1962 by Albert Broccoli and his family. How many of us wish we had the smarts to purchase those rights, but at the same time are glad that we do not have a last name that is a vegetable? Who am I kidding? I would let people call me Arugula for the ROI that Albert "Cubby" Broccoli garnered from the Bond franchise. Truthfully, I would let people call me Cubby Arugula!

"Casino Royale," not "Dr. No," was actually Fleming's first novel, published in 1953 and finally brought to film by Daniel Craig in 2006. (Do not mistake Craig's "Casino Royale" for the 1967 satire debacle starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Woody Allen and Greer Garson, among other well known stars, and directed by a hopeless conglomerate of more directors than you could count on one hand, including the great John Huston, who had no idea what to do with one of the worst screenplays ever written.)

Gurney's Inn "From Montauk With Love" NYE Party

Sean Connery remains for me the ultimate Bond, despite the well deserved kudos lauded recently upon Craig. However, my second favorite Bond I actually met at Gurney's Inn. During the opening night party of the 2009 Hamptons Film Festival, I had cocktails, cigarettes and conversation with fellow Irishman Pierce Brosnan on the deck of Gurney's overlooking the hotel's breathtaking view of the Atlantic, which Brosnan himself described to me as "...breathtaking and reminds me of some of the Irish coastline."

By the way, Brosnan's first Bond film was "Golden Eye," which was named after Fleming's Jamaica estate, where he wrote each of his novels (often in a period of only two months), which was named after an operation he worked on during WWII as a Naval Intelligence Officer. Perhaps that corner of Gurney's deck should be named "Golden Eye" in honor of Brosnan's visit and his look upon the Atlantic that so reminded him of Ireland's coastline. Okay, enough Bond trivia!

I am not sure how many past Bonds have stayed, dined or cocktailed at Gurney's, but it would not surprise me if there were others as Gurney's has long been a Montauk destination for a multitude of celebrities over the years. Celebrities aside, this year we all have the opportunity on NYE to walk the deck of Gurney's in the footsteps of a Bond...yes, James Bond.

Gurney's NYE Party includes a 1 1/2 hour cocktail hour with seafood bar, pasta station and hot and cold hors d'oeuvres. Dinner is a five course, sit-down scrumptious spectacular with Gurney's famous Viennese Dessert Table and a Top-Shelf Open Bar all night long. The evening's entertainment for dancing will feature the Joe Delia Orchestra, complimented by DJs throughout the night and there will be door prizes.

The cost for Gurney's "From Montauk With Love" NYE Party is only $145 per person with a two-night package that is an unbelievable $310 per person. The two-night package includes the NYE party, an ocean view room and use of Gurney's world renowned Sea Water Spa facilities.

Over the years I have attended several of Gurneys' New Year's Eve parties, all fantastic, but this one should top them all. Gentlemen, Black Tie may not be required, but why miss the opportunity to look like 007 walking into a Monte Carlo casino? (Although not a casino, Gurney's is run by the Monte Family.) And Ladies, bring out the Bond Girl in all of you by dressing to the "nines." Gurney's is creating a night that gives each of us the opportunity to show our class and taste...Bond style! Carpe Diem!

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Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

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