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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

L is correct, Bond has been ever evolving. Strangely, though, I find Craig more like the books than anyone since Connery. There's that underlying menace, that hint of utter coldness to everyone.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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L is correct, Bond has been ever evolving.
To the point of being a lesbian ? tss, tss...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lhbizness wrote:
Dan wrote:
For the first time in my life I have to side with L on this one


Thanks?


Just kidding about "for the first time in my life"
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting back on topic, how long was Dame Diana on stage and was there an opportunity for the paying public to meet her after the event?

I seem to recall some time ago that she had watched some episodes with her daughter, but seemed to deny this at the BFI.
Anyone else have any recollections of this?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember Rachael being interviewed on The Frank Skinner Show talking about the lesbian all gold unveiling scene from Tipping the Velvet and Skinner comparing it to Rachael's mum's scene - the uncloaking and exhibition of the Queen of Sin from A Touch of Brimstone. When the clip was shown - Rachael said she could see the similarities - she had never seen Brimstone before - that was the first time she had ever seen even a clip from the episode.

Diana is appearing with Rachael in the second series of the lovely gentle comedy The Detectorists BBC4
- perfect casting playing mother and daughter.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Getting back on topic, how long was Dame Diana on stage and was there an opportunity for the paying public to meet her after the event?


I think it was about 50 minutes but I must admit I didn't time it. There was no opportunity to meet her afterwards but some did beforehand, purely by chance.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It maybe sacrilege but I think that Rachel is an even better actress than her mother.Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diana seems to be everywhere at the moment. Very Happy She gave a great interview on Graham Norton. She's currently in The Detectorists with her daughter on BBC2 which is good fun. Also You me and the apocalypse on sky one, which I haven't seen. If anyone's seen this, what do you think? Rich.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some pictures I took on the day:












Diana started by talking about her time with the Royal Shakespeare Company and how she was spotted in an episode of Armchair Theatre called The Hot House by casting director Dodo Watts who thought she might be suitable for the role of Emma Peel. A clip of this episode was shown where she revealed that director Guy Hamilton's wife hated her, as did her co-star, Harry H. Corbett.

Moving on to The Avengers, she said that thought Patrick was adorable and that they were in accord on the series. Because they were always discovering dead bodies they decided to lighten things up and so wrote some of their own lines (I know others will disagree on this.) She said that Pat was incredibly generous and very supportive when she was thinking of leaving to do other things.

Her day would start at 5:30 when her car arrived to take her to the studio and she'd go straight into make-up. The crew made her look very good but she was pleased when Alun Hughes took over from John Bates on wardrobe design as she hated the leather cat suits. She also disliked the Lotus Elan saying it was 'made out of cardboard' and was difficult to get into gear.

She had no idea about how popular the show was as she was too busy at the time to take stock. She was thrilled to hear that the series was being restored for blu-ray release and although the transition to colour made a big difference to the show, she preferred the look of the monochrome episodes, in particular the lighting. She also said that she wished she'd appreciated more at the time having the opportunity to work with great directors like Charles Crichton and Roy Ward Baker. Likewise the guest stars, the line-up was astonishing and she was privileged to work with them as it gave the show a special flavour.

There wasn't much else about The Avengers but she did say that Brian Clemens was brilliant and that she was deeply grateful to the series. She also said that didn't give Linda any advice about her role and that she's never watched The Forget Me Knot.

All in all, a very good day and it can never now be said that Diana is ambivalent towards The Avengers - it's obvious that she holds the show in very high regard.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:43 am    Post subject: Dame Diana Rigg's full Avengers interview at the BFI Reply with quote

The full video of the BFI interview is now available to watch on this link
http://explore.bfi.org.uk/56378d59dd93c?utm_content=buffer110d5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebookbfi&utm_campaign=


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
L is correct, Bond has been ever evolving. Strangely, though, I find Craig more like the books than anyone since Connery. There's that underlying menace, that hint of utter coldness to everyone.


have always felt this way about Craig....remember how berserk the UK press went, when he was chosen ? 'james bland'.......on the flip, always wondered how Lazenby would have turned out..if he had done a 2nd film ??
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much Geoff for posting and the great pics. It was interesting to hear that Diana has positive feelings toward the show. Maybe time has helped. I wonder what changed her mind?

What I also noticed is that you said it was a full house and yet the picture you posted showed empty seats?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first pic was taken before the lights went down so she was still to take the stage.

As for her new found enthusiasm for the show, I think the death of Patrick gave her cause to remember the good times they had plus with the passing of Brian, she's free to give her side of the story without any repercussions.

Just my view.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mariocki wrote:
The first pic was taken before the lights went down so she was still to take the stage.

As for her new found enthusiasm for the show, I think the death of Patrick gave her cause to remember the good times they had plus with the passing of Brian, she's free to give her side of the story without any repercussions.

Just my view.


^Yes. She always seemed to have great memories of Patrick, even when she was down about the show. Having an opportunity to see it again might also have reminded her of how enjoyable aspects of it truly were.

Despite his undoubted talents and contributions, I always thought Brian Clemens's attitude did more harm to perception of The Avengers than good.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Diana Rigg panel is now online at the BFI site

http://explore.bfi.org.uk/56378d59dd93c?utm_content=buffer3da94&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitterbfi&utm_campaign=buffer

mariocki wrote:
with the passing of Brian, she's free to give her side of the story without any repercussions.
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Yes, I think Brian Clemens would have had something to say about her "Patrick and I wrote our own scenes" comment.
I think she was being a little unfair in saying they never admitted that the "Avengers girl" was a happy accident. I think Clemens was always honest in saying it came about because Honor Blackman was given scripts written for Ian Hendry.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MLP* wrote:
Yes, I think Brian Clemens would have had something to say about her "Patrick and I wrote our own scenes" comment.
I think she was being a little unfair in saying they never admitted that the "Avengers girl" was a happy accident. I think Clemens was always honest in saying it came about because Honor Blackman was given scripts written for Ian Hendry.


Both her and Patrick have made that claim numerous times - Clemens has also claimed that he created The Avengers. Personally, I'd rather see the actors get more credit.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks Mariocki for the excellent pictures and review of the day and many thanks to MLP for the link to the BFI video. Diana was in great form.

Diana is also appearing in a documentary on BBC4 which will show some of her early work and career highlights in: Dames of Classic Drama at the BBC - Sunday 8th November 2015 8.00-9.00pm

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David Tennant narrates the story of our dames of classic drama, from a golden age of British television drama. Today, they are at the centre of British cultural life and among our greatest exports - the acting dames, an exclusive club of stage and screen greats who were honoured for their services to drama.

But, lurking in the BBC archives - from long before their talents were recognised by royal decree - we find the early work and some career defining moments of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re: rewriting scenes.

i suspect this was a case of exaggeration. They were more likely allowed to change a line or add a line.

I've always suspected the "You really must have a word with your cleaning Lady" from 'Something Funny Happened...' when tripping over the dead body in Steed's flat was a line added by Rigg.

With the schedule as tight as it was, a line added was likely but not a whole scene change - that would have had to involve so many people to get it changed - you could do it on videotape but film has to be more precise.

I really enjoyed the BFI video. Her story about Vincent Price made me laugh.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know - given Patrick's penchant for ad-libbing (according to Honor Blackman), it's perfectly possible that the two of them would be allowed to riff occasionally without it significantly altering a scene. Even if you look at some of the shooting scripts, it's quite obvious that Patrick and Diana brought their own mannerisms and relationship to the parts.

In any case, I always support any story that puts needles in Brian Clemens's self-satisfaction. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

denis wrote:
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L is correct, Bond has been ever evolving.
To the point of being a lesbian ? tss, tss...


Well, it's not illegal, we're not in Russ - oh, I see.
I personally think a female Bond might as well be a different character altogether.
However a black (or gay, or bi) Bond is fine, so long as it's not anachronistic (like that crap Robin Hood series with the Indian woman playing a Saracen without anyone batting an eyelid, or Merlin with the black cast members). People still fainted in shock upon seeing black people in Britain in Georgian times so you have to suspend an incredible amount of disbelief for that).
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