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Category: actor

Picture this

Hello Dear Reader

I struggled this week to think clearly what to write about, a number of events have happened. Sometimes, there is a desire to want to write everything, warts and all. A certain sense often kicks in, call it common or fear or whatever, it changes what you want to discuss.

Having been around the interweb long enough to know that the old saying ‘walls have ears’ is true, so I decided to concentrate on a couple of things. One, which has already generated interest, was the new Bond trailer for the fourth coming film ‘Spectre’. There is a dark foreboding element to this trailer, gone are in the light-hearted in jokes. These last two Bond movies are much more in keeping with the novels in my view. They may well be influenced by other spy thrillers and franchises, but Bond is always Bond. One noticeable element of the trailer was the use of old theme music. It just added to the atmosphere. Of course, we now wait for the song.

There is one never-ending issue with films that run for such a time. Bond is 50 in film years. If he was going now he would be approaching his 70s. At some point there will be a call for a new Bond but who? Here, I have an issue. According to the books, the author, the man who created the character, Bond is remarked to resemble the American singer-songwriter Hoagy Carmichael (below), except with a “cruel mouth” and a “coldness in the eyes”.  There are various descriptions of him in different books. Some people wish to see the character played by someone who is not what the author wrote. So who is right? For me, it is the author, set it in stone not to be changed. He can’t be female, he can’t be a 16 year old boy, he can’t be …

I don’t care what others say, it’s the author who made the character. The same goes for another beloved character, Doctor Who. Again this character has been set out 50 years or more as male. The Doctor or Professor as Ace often called him, is another icon who for me can’t be changed from male to female. Again, I don’t care what the current show runner wants or feels is right for him. He has no say in changing that fundamental element of the show. This is not about disliking female Timelords, it is about being true to what has already been created.

Some people just want change because they want to shake up the universe. Some shows can handle change and very well. I don’t often mention certain shows, however, soaps such as Eastenders and Coronation Street change their characters with ease. But they themselves never (and I don’t know this since I don’t watch them) change a man to woman or pick a new actor to play the same role. Now I know that is not always true as child characters do change but that is just growing up.

Why call this blog ‘Picture this’, because I want to make sure the right picture remains, for at least two well-known characters.

Tagline: “Bond is Bond, Who won’t change no matter what”

A Trek

Hello Dear Reader,

There is always a moment when you read of someone passing away that makes you think. Sometimes, those thoughts are fleeting for many reasons.other make you stop and remember. The passing of Leonard Nimoy has naturally brought back numerous memories for me and millions of other fans. I know full well that blogs, posts, tweets and more have already surfaced around the net. This is now the way of the world. In some respects, this is why I have waited a couple of days.

I have been a Star Trek fan for many years. I first watched Star Trek way back in 1969 when it was first shown on the BBC. I was 7 years old at the time. It was brilliant. Along with many other shows I saw at that time, it had just something about it. The three central characters, Kirk – hero, Spock – intelligent and McCoy – healer in many senses. The trio worked very well together, many times the scripts called for the ice cool logic of Nimoy’s character to temper the scene.

As with other certain roles, it stuck and so did the fans. Despite being cancelled, Star Trek just kept going through people power. Nimoy took on other roles and started in another favourite series of mine, Mission:Impossible. Here is was allowed to express himself, show that he was more than just Spock. But, it was always going to be that one character many of us wanted to see, time and time again.

He did of course come back to this character many more times very successfully in the film series. Even to the point of trying to kill of the character in one of the best Star Trek films in my view. Around the net there is one scene that has been posted, the funeral of Spock from Star Trek 2. It is very well-played out and has a wonderful piece delivered by Kirk. For me, that is not the scene I want to consider for one of science fictions most well-known characters. For me, the scene that sums up both Spock and Nimoy is the touching moment he know he has to sacrifice himself, but with the Star Trek twist. Spock places his hand on McCoy’s forehead and simply says ‘Remember’.

That is how I want to think of this actor and his characters; Remember. It is the same for many who pass away, we have to just remember.

Tagline ‘Remember – need I say more?’


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