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What a rubbish day! The great Christopher Lee, and dear old Ron Moody, in one fell swoop. Neither was a young man, but it's a shame nonetheless. Christopher Lee especially had a remarkable career, and seems to have known and worked with everybody. You can spot him, in his earlier years, as a deck officer aboard one of the Naval ships set against Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat in The Crimon Pirate (1952). One of my favourite films, and I very much recommend it. He also cropped up in the Beeb's brave attempt to adapt Mervyn Peake's epic fantasy Gormenghast a few years back, playing the creaking librarian Flay. I recommend that too, although you'd do better really to read the book. The adaptation was gorgeous, but suffered from too much material in too little screentime. Worth searching out though, if you're in need of something else once Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is done.

In a more cheerful frame of mind (actually, I don't know that it is more cheerful), I have been doing further Remington Steele-ing. And dear gods, the 1980s. As I've mentioned before, it's a show that steers away from anything too eighties, in an attempt to be as timeless as possible. If anything it favours the vintage styles of the thirties and forties, and at times even earlier than that. But every so often, there's no hiding from the fact that it was made in the eighties. The worst of the decade hides in dark corners, and pops up every so often to shout boo.

In the episode "Steele Alive and Kicking", Steele is over at Laura's apartment. Leaving aside the weirdness of the fact that they seem to be wearing his and hers matching outfits - leaving aside the sheer horror that is Steele's shirt - leaving aside the fact that Laura looks a bit like she's understudying for Coco the Clown... Actually, let's not leave aside any of that. Guys, you look ridiculous. And I can't believe that that much wasn't obvious in 1985, let alone in 2015.


Let's just zoom back a bit, shall we, and take in the full glory of Laura's trousers. And braces. And the fact that the bloke trying to hold them at gunpoint hasn't collapsed with a fit of the giggles.

Apparently this is Stephanie Zimbalist's favourite of all the outfits that she ever wore on the show. In fact she took it home with her and, at least at the time that the DVD sets were made, still had it in her closet. Nailed into a salted crate, we can only hope. I always did have my doubts about her...

Here. She's trying to tempt us to join her in her eighties madness. No fear.

And stop looking so bloody happy. Nobody has any right to look that cheerful when they're dressed like that.

I should probably shut up now. Life is still mad, but is hopefully settling down some. Spent last weekend in Bristol, due to a cousin who needed his flat sorting out. It was manic, but there was the sea! And yes okay, rubbish beach and cold wind and grey water, but sea! Lots and lots of sea. I want some sea, but I suppose if I had it here, the neighbours would complain. Actually they probably wouldn't, 'cause they'd have drowned, but whatever. Anyway, yeah. Shutting up.


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Jun. 11th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC)
So it was Lee! I thought the officer looked like him. Watch 'The Crimson Pirate' people!

Sad more people have gone:( And another link to the past, bah.

Steele's (so young! is this allowed?) shirt looks like it was made out of a teenage boy's duvet cover from the 80's. Explains why it's so baggy. Can't decide if it would be better in a smaller size or tucked in. I'm shocked Laura's socks didn't match her outfit;p

I hope you find some calm soon as well as sea:)
Jun. 11th, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure Steele's shirt is exactly the same as the curtains in a house not far from where I lived in the eighties. That stripy eighties thing was quite popular in bedrooms. I probably liked it at the time, but as a (weirdly gigantic) shirt it's just bad all round.

I hadn't noticed Laura's socks! But yes, you're right.
Jun. 12th, 2015 12:35 pm (UTC)
Is there a cut scene where he had to steal a giant bloke's shirt for reasons?
Jun. 14th, 2015 04:16 am (UTC)
Not that I know of! It's not a show with many cut scenes. They prided themselves on their tight writing. But maybe. A terrible fight against a tablecloth perhaps?
Jun. 14th, 2015 11:30 am (UTC)
A tablecloth that was being bullied by a duvet and Steele had to step in. Perhaps a more suitable case for the other Steel;p
Jun. 11th, 2015 01:31 pm (UTC)
So sad about Lee ... didn't know he was in Crimson Pirate (love that film as well btw!)

OMG ... those 80s clothes ... you can't help but laugh now, can you?
Jun. 11th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
Hooray, another Crimson Pirate fan! It's such a good film. :)
Jun. 11th, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
It's funny. Technically that outfit of hers is obviously worse, but somehow his shirt distracts the eye from it so much I hardly even notice. (You should come back to the 70s! It's all just safely brown. Well, except when things are orange and purple and green... Maybe the 80s aren't so bad.)

And people will keep dying, don't they? I was sorry to hear about both of them, although at least they both had a decent innings. But yeah. :-/
Jun. 11th, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
They had a heck of a good innings, yes - 184 years between them! It's a different kind of sad when we lose the older ones, I guess. That link with history, and all the people that they worked with, and the stories that they told.

I'm sure I shall return to the seventies soon enough. I've nearly finished Steele, and then it'll probably be back to see what Starsky and Hutch are up to. Between them they wore enough green and brown to keep a horticulturalist happy.
Jun. 11th, 2015 08:30 pm (UTC)
*hugs* So sad to see old actors gone. :(

LOL, those clothes! I always wonder how my mom survived that era with only a few questionable style choices.
Jun. 11th, 2015 08:59 pm (UTC)
Lack of money is usually a good way to avoid embarrassing fashions! Or maybe she just had more sense than most people. :)
Jun. 13th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
So many good people gone this year. I think it must be at least partially disgust at the state of the world.

I instantly assumed that The Crimson Pirate would contain Tyrone Power, because I expect to always find him in pirate flicks. Lee is a partial recompense for his absence, but not Lancaster so much.

Steele looks rather like he's wearing pyjamas, there. And he's so bloody young, ye gods.

Yay to JS&MN, though, eh, thus far? *fears the end*
Jun. 14th, 2015 04:19 am (UTC)
Nooooo! Burt Lancaster is amazing, especially when he's with Nick Cravat. I love "The Crimson Pirate" muchly. More than muchly. Seriously, watch it. Tyrone Power is good, certainly, but he can't out-swashbuckle Lancaster and Cravat. Precious few could.

And yes, JS&MN has been wonderful so far. I'm very pleased with it. Terrible, terrible viewing figures, sadly. I think it's confused the usual period drama club. But it's so well done, and it's a dreadful shame.
Jun. 14th, 2015 02:09 pm (UTC)
Really? I hadn't heard that about the viewing figures. (Haven't gone looking for the information, that'll be why.) But it's blooming amazing and a wonder! I can't understand it!

Well, the world is very often wrong about things, and I haven't the time to go about helpfully correcting everyone in their misconceptions.
Jun. 15th, 2015 03:56 pm (UTC)
1.8 million for last night's episode. It will pick up a few more through the iPlayer, but that's pretty awful for BBC1 in primetime. Goodness knows what the population is playing at. It's not like there's anything better to watch at that time. Any other channel would have junked it by now.

It's so sad, because it's beautifully made, and I hate to think of all those people giving it their all, and nobody watching. :(
Jun. 15th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
Bertie Carvel is so great as Strange. It should make him a star, but it'll be a bit difficult at this rate.
Jun. 15th, 2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
He really is great, isn't he. I wasn't sure at first, when I saw the publicity photos, but he's doing a splendid job. This week especially.

Quite the theatre star, apparently. I expect he'll go back there.
Jun. 15th, 2015 05:28 pm (UTC)
The Crimson Pirate is an awesome film! Talk about fun (especially Nick Cravat). Watching it, I get the definite impression that they had a whale of a time (and who wouldn't?)!

Didn't Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat make a Robin Hood film together too? I'm pretty sure I saw and enjoyed that as well...assuming it actually exists.

The outfits... Good grief. *tilts head and squints* People actually went out dressed like that. It's surprising they didn't cause riots in the street.
Jun. 15th, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
A Nick Cravat fan! Excellent! :) You're probably thinking of "The Flame And The Arrow", from 1950. Lancaster is a woodsman type, who gets caught up in a local rebellion. Cravat is his best friend, naturally, and they defeat a local tyrant by doing lots of acrobatics at him. A fun film, but not as good as "The Crimson Pirate" (imho).
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