RIP - Paying Respects to those we've Lost


She was a hell of a lady.


Thanks for mentioning Mrs. Bush in this thread. Had made a mental note to do so last week but for whatever reason never got around to it.


Of course. I may not agree with their politics, but I respect the hell out of Mrs. Bush and her husband.


Queen Elizabeth’s last corgi (and one-time James Bond co-star) dies

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Novelist and Nobel Prize laureate for literature V.S. Naipaul died in August this year. Bond significance? Monty Norman adapted Naipaul’s 1961 novel “A House for Mr. Biswas” into a never performed musical which contained the prototype of the Bond theme, here titled “Good Sign, Bad Sign”.

The James Bond Theme: From Naipaul to 007

You can find Norman’s version on youtube by searching “Good Sign, Bad Sign”.

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I want to pay respect to our fallen men and women for Remembrance Day. For the day I watched the brilliant final episode of Blackadder and it hit me hard.

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I had two great uncles serve in WWI. One survived the gassing at Vimy, the other died at St. Elois. My father served in the sequel to ‘the War to End all Wars’ in England and in Germany during the fall. So thank you, SS, for proposing this tribute.


Distinguished director and cinematographer Nicholas Roeg dead at 90. Photographed parts of the 1967 Casino Royale: Some claim that he shot the exemplary “Look of Love” sequence with Peter Sellers and Ursula Andress. Roeg directed the creepy 1973 film “Don’t Look Now” - the 2006 “Casino Royale” apparently pays homage to that film’s fleeing red-coated figure. His other films include “Performance” with Mick Jagger, a film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “The Witches”, the David Bowie science-fiction flick “The Man Who Fell to Earth”, and the erotic crime drama “Bad Timing” with Harvey Keitel and Art Garfunkle. Roeg was married to actress Theresa Russell who co-starred in several of his films.

Spoilers and a warning to the easily frightened…

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Sad news. Nicolas Roeg was a genius. His non-linear film-making was ahead of its time and an inspiration to the likes of Christopher Nolan and Guillermo del Toro.

My favourite Roeg films are Walkabout, The Man who fell to Earth, Don’t Look Now and Bad Timing.

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A legendary director. R.I.P.


Enormously impressive body of work, Don’t Look Now in particular.



More deaths…

William Goldman, Bernardo Bertolucci and Gloria Huyck.

Screenwriter Gloria Katz dead at 76. She co-wrote several films with her husband Willard Huyck. These include the box office hits American Graffiti and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. They also co-wrote many box office flops including Lucky Lady, More American Graffiti, Best Defense, Howard the Duck, and Radioland Murders. EON productions briefly considered using Katz & Huyck to write the Timothy Dalton BOND 17.

Screenwriter and novelist William Goldman dead at 87. He twice won the Academy Award for best screenplay: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men. He also wrote the novels and film scripts for Marathon Man (co-starring Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier), and the cult favorite The Princess Bride. Goldman’s many screen credits include the caper film The Hot Rock starring Robert Redford, George Segal and Zero Mostel, based on the Donald Westlake novel; the biopic Chaplin starring Robert Downey Jr.; and Stephen King’s novel Misery starring James Caan and Kathy Bates. Goldman also wrote several non-fiction books about the film industry including Adventures in the Screen Trade and Which Lie Did I Tell? Among Goldman’s unproduced screenplays is The Sea Kings which was supposed to have starred Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

Controversial Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci dead at 77. He directed Last Tango in Paris with Marlon Brando, the Academy Award winning The Last Emperor, the underrated The Sheltering Sky with Debra Winger and John Malkovich, and The Dreamers with future Bond girl Eva Green - her debut and breakout role. Some of you may remember the Last Tango controversy involving Brando, his co-star Maria Schneider and a stick of butter.

William Goldman (left), Norman Mailer and Paddy Chayefsky at the 49th Academy Awards (1977). Goldman won for All the President’s Men, Chayefsky won for Network. Mailer presented the awards.


Albert Finney, RIP


Rest In Peace. I always found him to be a highlight from Skyfall.


Another legendary actor gone.

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Sad to hear it.

R. I. P.


His performance in Tim Burton’s Big Fish is stunning. Rather than say why, i’d Just recommend you watch the film.

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Stanley Donen…


Shane Rimmer, sadly.

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Oh my, sad news…
R. I. P.