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Patrick Macnee dies

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Yet again, I have to report the passing of an iconic actor.
Patrick Macnee, known to generations as John Steed in The Avengers, has died at the age of 93.
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Macnee had many film and TV credits to his name, including Columbo and two Sherlock Holmes films where he starred opposite Roger Moore and the recently passed Sir Christopher Lee. He also starred with Roger Moore in the Bond film “A View to a Kill” but he will forever be remembered as gentleman agent John Steed in tailored suit, bowler hat and umbrella. In many series of The Avengers he played opposite Ian Hendry, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and with Linda Thorson ( with whom he is pictured below ) and then in The New Avengers with Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt.
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Condolences to his family and friends. RIP.
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James Horner dies in plane crash

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Sadly I have to report that film score composer James Horner died yesterday in a plane crash in southern California. He was 61.
Horner was an avid pilot and owned light aircraft. The crashed plane had a sole occupant, the pilot, presumed to be Horner.
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James Horner was an Oscar, BAFTA, Grammy (and many other award) winning composer with very many films to his credit. His most famous films were probably Titanic, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Star Trek II and III, and Apollo 13
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A great talent has been lost. RIP. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Goodbye Ron Moody and Sir Christopher Lee

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Ron Moody as Fagin
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Christopher Lee as Dracula
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Two great British actors have left us this week. Ron Moody died aged 91 and Sir Christopher Lee, aged 93.
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Ron Moody had such an expressive face, and it is not surprising that he was one of the actors considered for the role of The Doctor in Doctor Who. He declined it and Jon Pertwee took the role instead. I loved him in the British comedy “Mouse on the Moon” of 1963 where he played the Prime Minister of a small country trying to persuade the Americans and Soviets to give them money for a space program when it fact they just needed it for plumbing! It also starred Margaret Rutherford, Terry Thomas and Bernard Cribbins.
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His most famous role was that of Fagin (above) in the musical Oliver. No-one will ever be a better Fagin, he just inhabited that role and his performance of “Reviewing the situation” is an absolute joy to watch.
He is survived by his wife Therese and six children.
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RIP Ron Moody.
 
Sir Christopher Lee, what an imposing figure he was, and that sonorus voice.
Bela Lugosi had made such an impact as Dracula and it seemed no-one else could possibly better, but Lee had his own take on the role, making the character visually imposing and seductive.
Lee appeared in so many films, The Wicker Man which is a horror classic, and he had roles in the biggest franchises ever, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, James Bond, Hammer horror.
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As a Bond fan I know that The Man With The Golden Gun is not considered to be one of the best films in the franchise but I have a very soft spot for it because Lee is just so awesome in it, so much so that you don’t believe Bond could actually defeat him! I always remember a scene in the final section of the film where Bond flies alone in a plane to Scaramanga’s (Lee’s) island and is observed by Scaramanga from his observation point. The island is under Chinese jurisdiction and Scaramanga is on the phone to his Chinese paymasters, who are asking about the unannounced visitor. In response, Scaramanga says “No, he won’t be leaving”. Delivered in Lee’s deep, rich voice, it sounds very final indeed!
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He also did a lot of voice work and released heavy metal albums!
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He was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship award in 2011.
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I won’t call him master of horror as apparently he didn’t like that, as he was in so much more, but he did say he would be satisfied with “he was different”, so here’s to Sir Christopher Lee, he was very different indeed.
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He is survived by his wife Birgit and family.
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RIP Sir.

Fantastic Flash and Great Grimm

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Above, The main cast of The Flash at Comic Con, with series co-writer and co-producer Andrew Kreisberg at the back.
Jesse L. Martin (Det Joe West),Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), John Wesley Shipp (Henry Allen), Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow), Candice Patton (Iris West), Grant Gustin (Barry Allen), Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells)
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Above, The main cast of Grimm at Comic Con (Entertainment Weekly spot).
Bitsie Tulloch (Juliette Silverton), Silas Weir Mitchell (Eddy Monroe), Sasha Roiz (Cpt Sean Renard), Bree Turner (Rosalee Calvert), David Giuntoli (Det Nick Burkhardt), Russell Hornsby (Lt Hank Griffin), Reggie Lee (Sgt Wu), Claire Coffee (Adalind Schade)
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Two series which have catapulted themselves into my “must watch” category are The Flash and Grimm.
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Note: This article only gives general descriptions of the series and does not give any spoilers.
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