The 1998 miniseries “Moby Dick”, based on author Herman Melville’s 1851 novel of the same name, featured actor Patrick Stewart in the lead role as Captain Ahab. What’s ironic about this is, being filmed in Australia in 1997, Stewart had just previously made a striking reference to the original novel “Moby Dick” the year before, quoting from it in his 1996 film “Star Trek: First Contact” as the lead character Jean-Luc Picard where Picard, in the film, is noted for sharing similarities to Ahab. Apparently he shared so many similarities, Stewart just went out and played Ahab directly. I wonder if Stewart was hunting some kind of white whale of his own.
The 1977 film “That Obscure Object of Desire”, adapted by Buñuel and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière from an 1898 novel by author Pierre Louÿs called “La Femme et le pantin”, was the final film directed by Luis Buñuel and, in fact, the final scene of the movie in which a woman mends a bloody nightgown was the last scene Buñuel shot as a director. He retired after that and died in 1983.
He explained his reasons to his friend, novelist Carlos Fuentes while in his 70’s. Buñuel once told him, and I quote, “I’m not afraid of death. I’m afraid of dying alone in a hotel room, with my bags open and a shooting script on the night table. I must know whose fingers will close my eyes.” It is as if Buñuel knew his time was coming. He died in Mexico City in 1983 and Fuentes has even recounted that Buñuel spent his last week in the hospital discussing theology with the Jesuit brother Julian Pablo, a long time friend.
Death, as quoted by endless hordes of people, is not defeat. It simply is the next stage of life we all must go through. Some go into that good night with grace, others die in regret, and then there are those who didn’t even see it coming. Regardless of how it happens, death is a victory for those who choose to look back and realize it’s time to go by the end of the road. That road…I can’t tell you where it ends or if it ever ends. I can simply say that our roads have a destination and that destination is one we all ride to. Might as well ride there together.
“If you’re going to be here, be here man. Be present.”
– Joe Manganiello, “Magic Mike XXL”
The 1987 television film “Not Quite Human”. based on the “Not Quite Human” book series by author Seth McEvoy and the first of three films in a series that was folloed by the 1989 television film “Not Quite Human II” and the 1992 television film “Still Not Quite Human”, was the final project of actor Gene Blakely who played the high school principal, Mr. Gutman.
Director Arthur Penn did the 1975 film “Night Moves”. For the film’s story, Penn borrowed elements from the source material of the 1980 film “The Stunt Man” (Which was in development at the time) and the novel of the same name by author Paul Brodeur from which “The Stunt Man” was based on. The reason for this was Penn was an early contender to direct “The Stunt Man”.
“Only time will tell how we are remembered.”
– Clive Owen, “Last Knights”
The animated show “James Bond Jr.” (1991-1992) is rather obscure in the familial origins of the main character James Bond Jr. (Voiced by Corey Burton) and although not considered part of the continuity of the James Bond novels and films, nonetheless some characters from both franchises appeared on this series, such as Dr. No and Jaws. The character of James Bond Jr. is, just based on theory, the son of the brother of James Bond. However, In the original books written by author Ian Fleming, James Bond was an only child with no surviving relatives and, despite the Junior in his name, the main character of this show is actually James Bond’s nephew, not his son.
All that is known is that the name of James Bond Jr. was first used in 1967 for a spinoff novel entitled “The Adventures of James Bond Junior 003½” written by the pseudonymous R. D. Mascott. So not a fact but a mystery with only so many answers that can be made. I suppose that mystery adds to the debonair nature that seems to run in the very strange family tree that is the Bond family.
The 1971 film “Diamonds Are Forever”, a film I briefly spoke about two years ago, had a lot of interesting experiences for actor Sean Connery in his last film as James Bond (At least in the continuity established by Eon Productions). Reportedly, the final scene Connery filmed as Bond (Again, at least in the official movie series) was the one in which an unconscious Bond is loaded into a coffin at the funeral home. And, to add to the humor, Connery’s last ever day of playing James Bond for EON Productions was Friday the 13th August, 1971. The biggest punchline for Connery didn’t occur till years after the film.
During a late 1990’s airing of “Diamonds Are Forever” on cable channel TBS’s Dinner and A Movie, co-star Bruce Glover recalled that while filming their scenes together, he and actor Putter Smith, who played the characters Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd respectively, had Conneryconvinced that the two were actually openly homosexual. Glover added that a few years later while on an airline flight he was flirting with a female flight attendant. Then, suddenly Glover heard a Scottish accented voice saying, “You son of a bitch…”. Wouldn’t you know it, Glover turned around and saw the man was Connery.
“You know how I know an addict is lying? His lips are moving.”
– Tim Robbins, “Thanks for Sharing”
The 1995 TV film “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes”, a remake of the 1969 Walt Disney Productions film “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes”, was the final film of Charles Lane who played the character Regent Yarborough. He died 12 years later on July 9th, 2007 at the incredible age of 102.