updated 09/14/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/14/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Power, charm and a souped-up car can get James Bond anywhere he needs to go, but Sean Connery, who has been in the business 34 years, knows that in real life it takes some high-powered publicity to nab that elusive quarry, the Oscar. So Connery, 57, has just hired the firm of PMK. Says a friend: "Sean's going to go after the Oscar for The Untouchables like Paul Newman went for it with The Color of Money. He's really going to haul ass."
How do you cast your vote when the Chairman of the Board runs for re-election each year? You vote "Yes." At least that's how it's been since 1975, when Frank Sinatra became head of the New York Friars Club, the venerable show business fraternity famous for its celebrity roasts and charity work. Up for reelection next month, Ol' Blue Eyes will run unopposed for his 13th consecutive unpaid term.
There were two major topics of dish after Columbia TV's party for Designing Women: the plunge of Delta Burke's neckline and the display of passion between Delta and her date, Gerald (Simon & Simon) McRaney. An insider says that the two are planning to tie the knot when the twice-married McRaney's divorce is final; they met in June when McRaney, 40, played one of Burke's numerous ex-husbands on Designing Women. "I don't think Delta's ever been in love like this," says Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, one of the show's executive producers. Apparently, not even prime time can keep the couple apart. This fall Burke, 30, who has never been married, will do a guest spot on Simon & Simon as one of McRaney's former girlfriends. In an effort to add an air of authenticity to the New York premiere of The Fourth Protocol—the recently released spy thriller starring Michael Caine and Pierce (Remington Steele) Brosnan—a London production company shipped Lorimar, the studio that made the film, a large crate labeled "Atomic Bomb Replica." Inside, about three feet high and weighing around 50 pounds, was a sure-enough replica of the bomb as researched by Protocol's author (and the film's executive producer), Frederick Forsyth. Lorimar publicist Samantha Dean was dreading the red tape she assumed would be involved until a call came from a U.S. Customs official, who advised her simply: "Your atomic bomb is here." "All they asked for was $228 for tax and clearance," says Dean. "They hadn't even bothered opening the crate." Sleep well, everybody.