A new James Bond adventure and starring vehicles for Richard Pryor and Evel Knievel are scheduled to begin a second wave of summer movie openings on Wednesday, July 13.
Roger Moore returns as Bond in "The Spy Who Loved Me," No. 10 in the series and headed for 10 area theaters. Pryor portrays Wendell Scott, the first black to challenge the color line on the NASCAR racing circuit, in "Greased Lightning," a biographical comedy-drama opening at a dozen theaters. Michael Schultz of "Cooley High" and "Car Wash" was the director; the supporting cast includes Pam Grier, Beau Bridges, Cleavon Little, Vincent Gardenia, Richie Havens and Georgia policians Julian Bond and Maryland Jackson.
"Viva Knievell" stars the notorious daredevil as himself in a melodrama evidently designed to showcase his cyclemanship and disapproval of drug traffic. Gene Kelly has a supporting role, one is grieved to note, and the picture is supposed to descend upon 21 area theaters.
"The Island of Dr. Moreau," a new version of the H.G. Wells novel, filmed quite effectively 44 years ago as "The Island of Lost Souls," is also scheduled to open Wednesday at several area theaters. Michael York and Burt Lancaster have inherited the roles originally played by Richard Arlen and Charles Laughton.
York turns up again in "The Last Remake of Beau Geste," a farce written and directed by Marty Feldman. York and Feldman are supposed to be siblings in this spoof of the venerable adventure saga, filmed straight on three previous occasions. Opening Friday, July 15, at the K-B Cinema, the film also features Ann-Margaret, Peter Ustinov, James Warl Jones and Terry-Thomas.
'Orca, 'Dino De Laurentiis' final assault on "Jaws," is also set for July 15, with 17 local theaters participating - and presumably hoping for something more presentable than "The White Buffalo." Richard Harris and Charlotte Rampling have the leads in this saga about a killer whale on the rampage. "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo," the latest in the Disney series of farces built around an irrepressible Volkswagen, inherits the present locations of "The Rescuers" on Friday, July 22.
Another sequel, "The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training," which transports most of the members of the original team to Houston, opens on Friday, July 29, along with the latest Burt Reynolds programmer, "Smokey and the Bandit."
The biographical saga "MacArthur," with Gregory Peck in the title role and Ed Flanders as President Truman, is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5. "The Rescuers" gets a sub-run booking at about a dozen theaters beginning Wednesday, Aug 10, and a new antimated feature with the "Peanuts" cast, "Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown," arrives on Friday, Aug. 19.