As patrons sipped their chilled martinis — shaken, not stirred — fortunes of funny money were won and lost.
Red or black, odd or even, all was good fun at the roulette tables set up Thursday night for the Pacific Symphony's "The Music of Bond. James Bond" concert. Attendees wouldn't have had it any other way, of course, as the wheel spun in the "Casino Royale"-inspired setting for the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall lobby.
And if they weren't spinning the wheel or waiting in line for those famously shaken cocktails, the concertgoers — some garbed up in Bond attire of hero or henchman — admired the Aston Martins parked outside. Others hoped for 21 at the blackjack tables or recalled their favorite 007 scenes from the series' movie posters displayed throughout.
Leading the musical celebration of the British spy movie series spanning nearly 50 years was conductor Carl Davis. The American with hints of a British accent — surely the result of his longtime residency across The Pond — is a veteran of Bond's musical world, having re-recorded the music and led many Bond-themed concerts.