‘THE MISSION’ (1986) – ‘GOLDFINGER’ (1964).

‘THE MISSION’ (1986) – ‘GOLDFINGER’ (1964).

October 23, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE MISSION (1986)                      This film was released 236 years after events associated with the Treaty of Madrid (1750) – also known as The Spanish-Portuguese Treaty – saw the Spaniards hand over part of Paraguay to Portugal. Jeremy Irons portrays a Spanish Jesuit devoted to converting the local Indians in […]

‘THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING’ (1975)

‘THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING’ (1975)

September 23, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (1975) Michael Caine and Sean Connery play two ex- British Army non-coms named Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot in this delightful adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s 1888 novella of the same name. It is set in the 1880s in India where Kipling (played by […]

MOVIES – PT26.

MOVIES – PT26.

June 1, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE WIND AND THE LION (1975)                       This uneven and generally silly movie is based (very, very loosely) on a real incident that took place in Tangier, Morocco in October 1904. It focuses on the kidnapping of an American ex-patriot […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT161.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT161.

September 24, 2020 Alan Royle 0

Frobe & Connery in Goldfinger (1964) In Goldfinger (1964) there is a golf game between James Bond (Sean Connery) and his nemesis Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe). The two men end up playing the match for a bar of solid gold. Anyone who has ever picked up a club could see that Connery […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT29.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT29.

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GERTRUDE LAWRENCE (1898 – 1952)                                                            The English actress, singer, dancer and musical comedy star was in her forties when WW2 began, but her husband was a Lieutenant in the US Navy and she was determined to do her bit to entertain Allied troops. The UK’s Entertainments National Service […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT22.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT22.

April 3, 2020 Alan Royle 0

SEAN CONNERY:                                                                                                                                                                                                                          [His response regarding co-starring with his then wife, Australian actress Diane Cilento] ‘Diane and I are often asked why we don’t make a film together. Frankly, it would be a bloody disaster. I don’t go along with husband and wife double acts. I […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT151.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT151.

March 1, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote If you ever wondered why most actors and actresses jump at the chance to star in their own television series, it is worth comparing payments in the case of English-born actress Angela Lansbury. For her first movie role in Gaslight (1944), for which […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – P128.

June 10, 2019 Alan Royle 0

           Henry Fonda & his wife Margaret Sullavan     Tallulah Bankhead in Lifeboat (1944) Tallulah Bankhead was dismissive about her only sexual encounter with legendary screen star Henry Fonda. ‘Oh, please, dah-ling, don’t mention Hank to me’, she laughed. ‘I went to bed with him only one time. He failed to […]

MOVIE QUIZ No 2.

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QUIZ NO 2     26           Which male comedy star was Sir Laurence Olivier’s lover for over ten years?   27           Name the song from the 1942 film Holiday Inn that won the Oscar that year.   28           Which actor is Shirley MacLaine’s real life brother?   29           Which 1988 […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT2

November 10, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Michael Caine as Peachy Carnehan in The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Sean Connery as Daniel Dravot Michael Caine and Sean Connery were the fifth intended pairing for Rudyard Kipling’s terrific The Man Who Would be King to be transferred to the screen. In the fifties it was to […]