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Burt Kwouk, the actor who played martial arts expert Cato in the original Peter Sellers "Pink Panther" films, has died at the age of 85. He "passed peacefully" according to his agent Jean Diamond, with no specific cause of death mentioned.
Born in northwest England in 1930 and raised in Shanghai, Kwouk had his first major role in 1958's "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness". He also appeared in two James Bond classics - "Goldfinger" and "You Only Live Twice" - along with the original "Rollerball" and Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun". He also had guest spots on popular 1960s shows like "The Avengers," "Secret Agent" and "The Saint" and a regular role on 1980s British sitcom "Last of the Summer Wine'.
But it's his work in a half dozen "Pink Panther" films as Cato Fong that he'll always be remembered for. The character, a manservant to Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau, »
- Garth Franklin
The Prisoner – Volume 1
Written, directed and produced by Nicholas Briggs.
An audio re-imagining of the classic 1960’s television show The Prisoner. A secret agent leaves his career behind, only to find himself imprisoned in ‘The Village’, a bizarre seaside town where nothing is as it seems.
Given the level of scorn poured all over a previous effort to remake The Prisoner back in 2009, it’s a brave soul indeed who takes on such a challenging task. That writer, director and producer Nicolas Briggs’s effort with Big Finish is so successful is testament to a sophisticated level of artistry, skill and imagination.
The audio drama presents itself like a radio play with four episodes; Departure and Arrival, The Schizoid Man, Your Beautiful Village and The Chimes of Big Ben »
- Robert W Monk
According to reports, director Ridley Scott ("Alien", "Blade Runner", "Gladiator", "The Martian") is negotiating to direct a big screen reboot of the classic Brit TV series "The Prisoner", to be produced by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films. Plus take a look @ classic trailers of the greatest films of Ridley Scott:
The original 17-episode series first broadcast in the UK from 1967 to 1968, starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan ("Secret Agent man"), combining 'spy fiction' with surreal elements of science fiction, allegory and psychological drama.
"The Prisoner" follows a British former secret agent, looking to 'get out' of the racket, who is subsequently abducted by his handlers and held prisoner in a mysterious coastal village resort...
... where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job...
Scott is currently prepping his "Alien" prequel "Covenant".
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the films of Ridley Scott. »
- Michael Stevens
3 items from 2016
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