05/06/2010

SATURDAY THOUGHTS, DOCTOR WHO, TONY CURRAN, GARY OLMAN, GEORGE SMILEY

Its Saturday and I’m in, all asleep in the world, so I’m typing away with the thoughts.

Firstly just watched Vincent and the Doctor, which was extremely enjoyable. Very cinematic indeed in its scope. Good attempt at explaining why the Doctor cant always make a difference, just trying to make things a little better. Its hard to steel the show away from current tardis owner Matt Smith; but I have to say Tony Curran did an excellent job as Vincent Van Gogh.

So far I the last few weeks I have caught Curran in The Mentalist just yesterday, 24, and now Dr Who, someone give him his own show! He was one of the best things about the first few series of Ultimate Force, and even managed to come out ok from his tenure in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.



I have always loved John Le Carre; or more precisely the character of George Smiley. The books featuring the character have a wonderful gritty portrayal of the spy game. It is with jubilation I here Le Carre’s seminal hero is finally coming to the big screen.


Smiley was previously portrayed by Alec Guinness on the TV, and later by a rather underrated and under heard Simon Russell Beale in radio form. Perfect casting is about to ensue with Gary Oldman stepping into the fold to recreate the character of the most respected and underpaid master spy in fictional UK history. I cant wait for that, certainly to see the man in a starring role is excellent in itself.

Here is Alec Guinness’s version




That’s all this evening,

love and peace !

3 comments:

  1. I wouldn't say Simon Russell Beale is that under-rated. He's getting quite good reviews on the Smiley radio series (which is still in process). As for being under-heard -- have you seen any ratings for the Radio 4 broadcasts? I've listen to all of the adaptations so far through my internet connection. Guinness was great, Beale has been terrific. The part is a fine one, and I expect Oldman should make a nice meal out of it.

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  2. i thing that you have a point, i enjoyed the radio version, even though many may not have listened. looking forward to filmthough, good character.

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  3. I wouldn't say Simon Russell Beale is that under-rated. He's getting quite good reviews on the Smiley radio series (which is still in process). As for being under-heard -- have you seen any ratings for the Radio 4 broadcasts? I've listen to all of the adaptations so far through my internet connection. Guinness was great, Beale has been terrific. The part is a fine one, and I expect Oldman should make a nice meal out of it.

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