26 FEBRUARY 1972, Page 21

The Spectator's Arts Round-up

• Sean Connery's return as James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (Odeon, Leicester Square and Kensington, and New Victoria) is such a sell-out that it was inevitable that someone would make a bid for the overflow by reviving other 007 films. The London Pavilion is where this bandwagon is rolling, with five Connery-Bond pictures in repertory: Goldfinger (Wednesday), Dr No (Thursday and Friday), Thunderball (Saturday and Sunday), From Russia With Love (Monday) and You Only Live Twice (Tuesday).

• With its projected Robyn Denny exhibition postponed until 1973, the Tate Gallery is filling in with seven shows by contemporary artists with, they think, something in common — mostly the unconventional use of media "unfamiliar in the field of art as the Tate normally shows it." The artists are Keith Arnatt, Michael Craig-Martin and Bob Law (all February 24-March 23), Joseph Beuys (February 24-March 6), David Tremlett (March 8-10), Bruce McLean (March 11) and Hamish Fulton (March 12-23).

• More traditionally, the National Portrait Gallery next week (March 3) mounts a show of the work of Daniel Maclise (1806-1870), chiefly renowned for his frescos, The Meeting of Wellington and Blucher and The Death of Nelson in the Houses of Parliament. Centrepiece of the exhibition is the forty-fivefoot long cartoon for the Wellington fresco.

• Aubrey Jones, Harold Lever, Enoch Powell and Hugh Scanlon propose and discuss possible solutions to current unemployment and inflation problems on The Money Programme, BBC2, February 25.

• Just before they leave for a tour of Germany, Henryk Szeryng and the leader of the English Chamber Orchestra, Jose-Luis Garcia, play Bach's double violin concerto at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on February 26. This and other items from the concert will be broadcast; Radio 3.

• David Warner returns to the stage after a two-year absence (his last appearance was with the RSC in Tiny Alice) in David Hare's new play, The Great Exhibition, in which he plays a Labour MP. The play opens the spring season at Hampstead Theatre Club on Monday; there are previews from February 24.