Anya Taylor-Joy and the cast of "The Queen's Gambit" compare the passion they find in their careers with the drive that the show's lead character Beth has for chess. They also discuss the positive and negative life lessons they've learned from the game.
Nine year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she's competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting. Based on the book by Walter Tevis.
Anya Taylor-Joy claimed she was able to perform the speed chess games in a single take although she had to repeat the moves for additional coverage. See more »
Characters throughout the series mistake Beth's age. According to time stamps given throughout the series her age should be 15 at the time of adoption and winning her first and second chess tournaments in 1963. In 1966 she would 18, and by series end 20 years old. See more »
The Queen's Gambit was a random find for me. I started watching it without any expectations but the first episode was just enough to keep me interested. As I kept watching, it kept getting better and I must say the 7th episode was one of the best finale to a series that I have ever watched. The character developments for even the minor characters were well-thought-out and I immediately formed an emotional connection with most of them. The finale was so well done that it almost felt like an end to a show with several seasons rather than a limited series. The show also had very good messages sprinkled in between, they were subtle and didn't make me feel like an agenda was being showed down my throat. The acting was marvelous. The cinematography was great with some very impressive scene transitions. The score was amazing and really set the atmosphere and the tone of the show. If you are reading this before watching the show, go ahead and watch it. You won't be disappointed.
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