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RIP Ruth Bader Ginsberg

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Michel Lonsdale has passed aged 89, whatever your thoughts about the film, he was quite superb in Moonraker RIP

Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".

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Personally, I'm a big fan of MOONRAKER (I'm one of the few, I know) and a big reason for my love of the film is Michael Lonsdale's pitch perfect performance as Drax. His calm, detached delivery flies in the face of the escalating insanity going on around him.  If he'd played the role as camp, the film would simply not have worked.  Him playing the role totally straight with a detached boredom...genius.

He's been great in other films as well. DAY OF THE JACKAL, RONIN, MUNICH...countless others.  Fun actor.

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I've long ranked M. Lonsdale's Drax as the best villain of the Moore era--sinister but with a great deadpan delivery.  RIP.

Vox clamantis in deserto

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Lonsdale's Drax was always trolling his enemies with his dry comments and he bought the Eifel Tower. Moonraker is my 3rd favourite Moore movie and is entertaining if you treat it as a live action comic book or anime (like The Castle Of Cagliostro).

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A full-page obit to Lonsdale in today's Times.

Superb in Moonraker, which is always in my Top 5. Gymkata's comment is quite correct and the same could be said of John Barry's often gloomy score - it helps ground the film.
As is often the case, the villain is relatively young but seems older than Bond due to a difference in attitudes and delivery.
Oddly, the writer Christopher Wood disliked Lonsdale's approach, viewing it as too downbeat - I think he'd have preferred James Mason in the role.
Who would Drax have copped off with in space? Or, being the cult leader, would he have had the pick of the beauties? It is a tribute to Lonsdale's restrained performance than in all these decades the thought has only just occurred to me.
Also v good in The Day of the Jackal - lensed by the same French cinematographer as did Moonraker. He went after 'M' in that - you can't keep a bad man down!  ajb007/biggrin

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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As ive said before i think Drax the character might be gay

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RIP to Eddie Van Halen.  65, dead from throat cancer.

I grew up with Eddie's guitar riffs.  I'll miss him terribly.

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Today would have been the 80th birthday of John Lennon


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RIP  ajb007/martini

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Amazing and sad to think he’s been dead as long as he was alive...RIP.

Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".

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Margaret Nolan passed away on October 5th at the age of 76.

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Margaret Nolan's screentime in the Bond films was very little, but nonetheless very iconic - especially as the golden girl in the title sequence and poster. Another sad loss to the Bond alumni.

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R.I.P Margaret Nolan.

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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Really saddened to hear of Margaret’s passing, she was a lovely lady with loads of time for her fans, RIP.

Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".

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RIP to Margaret Nolan, gone but not forgotten.

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A fine obit to Nolan in today's Times. She had a more interesting life than you'd imagine.

She had a blink and miss it role in A Hard Day's Night - so like Colonel Smithers that's another Goldfinger star who popped up in the Beatles' film. (Smithers was the old gent on the train so rudely abused by the young sods - you know you're getting old when you sympathise with him and not the Fabs...) Of course, the Beatles are unfavorably namechecked by Bond in the film, so that tells you whose side he'd be on, I guess.

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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Conchata Ferrell who played Bertha the housemaid in "Two and a half men" has passed away. She made me laugh more times than I can say. RIP.

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RIP Bobby Ball  another great
Comedian passes.  I was laughing
at him only a couple of nights ago
Watching several episodes  of
Not going out .

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RIP Bobby -strange to think he died of Covid, as did another of his contemporaries recently, Eddie Large - both at the height of their fame in the early 80’s.

Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".

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So sad to hear of the death of Bobby Ball, a genuinely funny man...he will be missed  ajb007/frown

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RIP Bobby Ball. Loved Canon and Ball as a kid, especially Bobby Ball. Classic British comedy act.

"Any of the opposition around..?"