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Sympathy For The Devil? Star Trek The Undiscovered Country’s General Chang

“Guess who’s coming to dinner?” The Klingon General Chang may be a deep space cold warrior, a warlord “frightened of change” as Kirk puts it, but as portrayed with deft skill by Christopher Plummer, issuing silken, veiled threats with poker faced guile, he is deliciously cultivated. Chang quotes Shakespeare at the drop of a Bat’leth, be it […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? The Long Good Friday’s Harold Shand

“You don’t crucify people! Not on Good Friday!” Like its London gangster anti-hero Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins), The Long Good Friday, completed in 1979 but not released until the next year by Lew Grade’s nervous lackeys, straddles the tired old Britain of Labour and the brash, unfeeling new Conservatism of the upcoming ’80’s. Harold, an old […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? Who Loves Ya, Blofeld?

Rumours abound that Christoph Waltz, tipped as a villain in the upcoming James Bond screen adventure, may play that most infamous of the secret agent’s adversaries, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. In keeping with the more grounded take of late, I hope that, if true, his Blofeld follows in the urbane footsteps of the Telly Savalas iteration […]

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