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‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’: James Bond’s behind-the-scenes secrets
05.15.2012
07:14 pm
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Your favorite James Bond tends to be the one you saw first. I saw Sean Connery first in a double bill of Thunderball and You Only Live Twice, at the Astoria Cinema, Edinburgh. This was soon followed by Diamonds are Forever at the Playhouse. Of course, Connery being Scots means I am probably biased, but his Bond had what made the series work best - sophistication, humor and thrills.

If it came to a second choice? Well, Moore never seemed sure if he was playing Simon Templar or Lord Brett Sinclair, and by Octopussy, he was cast as a sub-Flashman character in a dismal script by Flashman author, George MacDonald Fraser. Timothy Dalton was too dull and way too serious, perhaps he should have played it more like Simon Skinner, a slightly unhinged secret service man with a license to kill. Pierce Brosnan was good but deserved far better scripts - his Bond should have eliminated the scriptwriters. And as for Daniel Craig - started well, but he looks like he’s in a different film franchise.

For me George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is the only possible second choice. He tried to make his Bond more humane, and kept much what was best in Connery’s interpretation. He was also assisted by a cracking script by Richard Maibaum (additional dialog by Simon “the mind of a cad and the pen of an angel” Raven); an excellent supporting of Diana Rigg as Countess Tracy di Vicenzo, and Telly Savalas as Ernst Stavro Blofeld; and one of the best opening theme tunes (and a glorious song sung by Louis Armstrong) of the series by John Barry.

Yet no matter what Lazenby did, or how good the film, he faced the momentous task of filling a role made by Sean Connery, and he was damned by a lot of critics for it. In this rarely seen interview, George Lazenby talks about the difficulties faced in making On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the rumors, the on-set niggles and why he was banned for growing a beard. First broadcast on the BBC, February 4th, 1970.
 

 
With thanks to Nellym
 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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05.15.2012
07:14 pm
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A video compilation of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Guinness commercials
05.15.2012
03:43 pm
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A highly enjoyable video montage of Lee “Scratch” Perry shilling Guinness beer. He’s dublin’ dublin’ bubblin’ bubblin’ for you!
 

 
Via WFMU

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.15.2012
03:43 pm
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Name 10 Things That Aren’t Skrillex
05.15.2012
11:40 am
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Maybe turn the volume down for this one?

 
Via Nerdcore

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.15.2012
11:40 am
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Do not cross the streams: Tiny bathroom packed with 8 urinals
05.14.2012
02:50 pm
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Eight urinals stuffed into an area of 2.5 square meters spotted in the public washroom at Celestial Heights in Ho Man Tin.

I’m not a dude, but I would imagine this would be rather complicated to use when filled at capacity? Or at the very least, extremely hard for someone who suffers from a bashful bladder.

What could make this worse, mirrors?

Via Geekologie and BWG

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.14.2012
02:50 pm
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What actors are actually using to get ‘high’ on camera
05.14.2012
12:27 pm
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Wired goes behind-the-scenes of movies and popular drug-themed TV shows and gives you the skinny on what actors “actually toke—or snort or shoot or huff—on camera.”

Methamphetamine

The speed cooked up by Walter White (Bryan Cranston) on Breaking Bad won’t give you meth mouth, but it might cause cavities—rock candy is the stand-in for Heisenberg’s product.

Marijuana

Throughout Pineapple Express, characters smoke a nontobacco herb from online head shop International Oddities. It looks like pot, it blazes like pot, but no word on if it “smells like God’s vagina.”

Cocaine

Legend has it that Al Pacino plowed through real coke on the set of Scarface. When it was time for the cast of 2001′s Blow to go skiing, though, the actors snorted inositol—powdered vitamin B.

Crack

Ryan Gosling’s rock in the indie film Half Nelson was actually a piece of a broken drinking mug that prop artists had dyed with coffee. A bit of tobacco provided the smoke, and voilà: Pookie status.

Read more of Drug Doubles: What Actors Actually Toke, Smoke and Snort on Camera

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.14.2012
12:27 pm
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‘The Horror of Frankenstein’: Rare behind-the-scenes footage from 1970
05.13.2012
03:58 pm
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A behind-the-scenes report on the making of The Horror of Frankenstein, Hammer Film’s seventh Frankenstein movie, and their first without Peter Cushing playing the eponymous Baron. This time the role was taken-up by Ralph Bates, who added a certain amount of loucheness to Victor. The film also marked, what has lately been described (see The Ultimate Hammer Collection) as a “bold departure into comedy horror”, which it is, and therefore slightly misfires, undermining the films more horrific elements. But still, there is much to enjoy in The Horror of Frankenstein - Bates’ performance, the always watchable Dennis Price, and great supporting roles portrayed by Kate O’Mara, Jon Finch (soon to be Polanski’s MacBeth), Veronica Carlson, and Dave (Darth Vader) Prowse, who looks as if his make-up as the monster inspired the Kirgan’s in Highlander. Even Cushing makes a cameo on the doctor’s slab.

I am great fan of Cushing, who could be both polite and menacing, a rare talent, and he was never less than convincing in any role he played. Here in an interview Cushing discusses his thoughts about Baron Victor Frankenstein, while Bates discusses his approach to the role. First broadcast on the BBC April 28th, 1970.
 

 
With thanks to Nellym
 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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05.13.2012
03:58 pm
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‘Star Wars’ collectible for sale on eBay: C-3PO with a hard-on
05.12.2012
07:45 pm
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The story behind the 1977 Topps Star Wars # 207 C-3PO trading card (known as the “boner” card) is that a pissed-off Topps graphics designer decided to give C-3P0 a hard-on and a couple thousand copies of the card were produced and released to the public before the prank was discovered. Of course, the card is a collectible and you can buy one now on eBay for a mere 19 bucks.

Might make a nice gift for that Star Wars fan in your life.

 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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05.12.2012
07:45 pm
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Monty Python on the Yorkshire Moors: Seldom seen interview from 1973
05.12.2012
06:29 pm
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An early interview with some of the members of Monty Python (John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin), recorded during filming on the Yorkshire Moors - “Of course it’s changed a bit now. They’ve put the rocks in, haven’t they? That used to be the bathroom over there,” quips Palin, while Jones seeks attention by falling over, and Chapman sips his G&T. Filmed for the BBC regional news program Look North, this was originally broadcast on May 23rd, 1973.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

‘Away From It All’: Little-known Monty Python ‘travelogue,’ 1979

‘Sez Les’: What John Cleese did after ‘Monty Python’

Monty Python vs. God

 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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05.12.2012
06:29 pm
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‘Put away stupidness’: Dub legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry gives advice to Lil’ Wayne
05.12.2012
02:27 pm
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As a filmmaker who’s shot documentaries on both Lil’ Wayne and Lee “Scratch” Perry, Adam Bhala Lough thought it a good idea to cross wires a bit and let the eccentric 76-year-old dub master bestow a bit of mellow wisdom upon the drank-sippin’ 30-year-old rap supastar.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Rubber Dubber: Lee “Scratch” Perry action figure
Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Classic dub album Blackboard Jungle
Surreal Lee “Scratch” Perry beer commercials

Posted by Ron Nachmann
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05.12.2012
02:27 pm
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‘Game of Thrones’ severed head cake pops
05.11.2012
02:43 pm
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Not Your Mamma’s Cookie has step-by-step instructions on how to make “Ned Stark” Game of Thrones cake pops.

The ingredients look quite tasty, actually.

Via Boing Boing

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.11.2012
02:43 pm
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