Bookends – Book Review – Tie In – Richard Castle – Heat Wave – Fourteen

The following blog contains spoilers for the Richard Castle book Heat Wave is this your one and only warning, leave now if you do not want this book to be spoilt

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of a reason to kill trot out there alibis. and then, in the stifling grip of a record heatwave comes another shocking murder a sharp turn in the tents journey into dirty little secrets at the wealthy, Secrets that prove to be fatal secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Homicide Detective Nikki Heat.

Previously in Heat Wave – After arresting the van driver and getting nowhere. Heat pulls in the young doorman of Starr building and makes the van driver believe he working with the police, In the end she finds out that yes him and the van driver broke into the apartment but all the pictures were already gone. Additionally the woman who was found in Volvo is in in fact working as an art appraisal at Sotheby’s auction house.

And now the continuation.

Fourteen – Raley has been to Sotheby’s and has a copy of Barbara Deerfield calendar on they see that she had an appointment at Matthew Starr’s apartment day he was killed, which turned out her date of death as well, Barbara Deerfield colleagues were extremely and shocked by the news Raley tells Heat and that she was a very happy person. Also that the forensics have found the fibres on the balcon match the pair of jeans that Pochenko was wearing, plus his prints were on the outside of the window. Heat puts Raley back on the surveillance videos,

So she goes and checks up if there is anymore new information on Pocheko Rook makes a joke about maybe he on one of the reality TV shows where they get stranded on an island.

A few hours later she takes Raley a coffee, They watch as Miric and Pocheko walk up to the building and then zooming out the ID close up match his ring with one that left the marks on Barbara Deerfield, Rook still doesn’t really understand a few things Yes Pocheko had the ring on when first talking to Starr and then again when they saw Deerfield but the bruise on Starr came later without the ring, so he lost it when killing Deerfield. But why did Pocheko kill Deerfield first. Before Heat can answer Ochoa comes into the bullpen with a warrant.

Heat and Rook make their way up the brownstone apartment block, Rook asks Heat is she sure that whoever they are after is home, yes they she’s positive taking her stand in front of the door she moves Rook to the other side so he’s out of the way she knocks on the door and Buckley opens the door but quickly tries to close it on her and heads to the apartment window, But Ochoa is sat on the fire escape outside. Heat turns to see Rook is behind her.

So now under arrest Buckley calls for a lawyer, which Heat will get for him but first she wants information on Doc. Who put the crew together but is one man short so that’s why Buckley was called in And as she tell him all this Ochoa searchs the apartment, and finds a digital camera with the words property of Sotheby’s written on it.

What I think – It all starting to link into each other, Pocheko, his mate and now Buckley are all now one huge chain of action. But yet the question still remains who has the paintings and how did they take them. Rook and Heat have so far been able to keep their night together to themselves and not let it interfere with the investigation in fact Rook has some what claimed down a little but still puts himself in unnecessary dangerous situations much to the displeasure of Heat.

So that’s your lot for is week as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter of Heat Wave but until then whoever you are and whether you be bye for now and see you next week.

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Once In A Lifetime – Autobiographies and Biographies – Evil spirits – The life of Oliver Reed – Chapter Twelve.

In May 1999, after a 40 year career including 100 films Oliver Reed died as he had invariably lived, Drinking With Friends while making another film is well received performance in the Blockbuster gladiator and having Risen through hammer horror films to international starred up as Bill Sikes in Oliver Reed became in his own words the biggest star this country has got With his legendary off screen exploits and blue opinions especially of his co-stars he was one of the most infamous.

All quotes belong to Oliver Reed or others, and copyright belongs to Cliff Goodwin.

Previously in this Blog – Oliver and Ken Russell work on yet other flim together called the devils which he literally shaves to an inch of his life, forced to learn Latin like it performing dog. And accused of blasphemy by several members of the British public. Later he works with Glenda Jackson once again and it goes as well as the last time. Yes they hate each other but Oliver is never in doubt that Glenda Jackson is fabulous actress. This also marks the first time Oliver reveals his whole self while promoting a film.

Chapter Twelve – “I assumed from the outset I’d be successful”

By 1973 the now 36 year old Oliver was out of sync with the British film industry which by now was almost universally blind to the creative possibilities and commercial pulling power the only person that was to believe in him was the the director Richard Lester. There was no shortage of work but Oliver it but it seems to receive less and less starring roles in Greater pictures more supporting roles in smaller pictures.

One year later sword were drawn on the swashbuckling remake of The Three Musketeers and it was Oliver’s name that would appear on screen. This latest treatment would be a three and a half hour Blockbuster are mostly in Spain. To ensure it’s American American success Leicester had sprinkled the cast with international staff Michael York would play Dogtanian with Richard Chamberlain as Aramis Simon Ward as a Duke Buckingham and Raquel Welch as madame Bonancieux, Geraldine Chaplin as Anna of Austia, Faye Dunaway as Milady de Winter and Charlton Heston as cardinal richelieu along with Christopher Lee. For Leicester there was only one pot big enough for Oliver he would play the smouldering world-weary swordsman Athos all Oliver needed to change his clothes.

William Hobbs at 33 year old fight arranger was chosen for the film swordsman. he quickly persuaded Leicester to abandon the more traditional Hollywood style of stage swords replacing them for them authentic heaviest swords and rapiers. With less than 2 weeks before cast and crew of departed for Spain pubs called the first fight rehearsal before choreographing the stone he needed to see how agile the actors were and how quickly they could absorb the new complex directions. Michael York and Richard Chamberlain obediently arrived for rehearsals at the gym of the Swiss Cottage school on time. However Oliver refused to attend and a rehearsal session was arranged for him at broom Hall. But the rehearsal ended with Oliver developing a painful leg but in truth it was sheer lack of boredom.

In Spain shooting for The Three Musketeers was delayed while Raquel Welch and the Producers wrangled over her costume, Welch insisted that she would be allowed to wear dresses designed by her boyfriend the Producers refused and the dispute remote on for days until a compromis was reached. So the rest of the cast filled the time by organising and hosting parties, at one particular party Raquel Welch sent her hairdresser and because she was upset as she had not received a formal invitation, Oliver went on to explain that his drinking sessions were an open house and loudly added well she was keeping the whole unit waiting he had no particular time to spend writing out fancy invitations. Welch took umbrage with this, and considered she was badly treated and the only words she would exchange with Oliver were those in the Script.

Film eventually started in Toledo, the ancient Spanish city itself famous as a mediaeval sword making center, and all the equipment was setup up the the shore of the river Tagus. However as the cameras roll for the first few seconds of the 210 minutes adventure Oliver slammed his rapier across the head of the chief stuntman. It was the disaster William Hobbs had been expecting. which resulted in the Spanish stuntman insisting on the drawing lots to decide who fight the British actor.

Off set Oliver’s behavior was just as erratic and presented Richard Lester with a clutch of not unforeseen problems. At weekends the cast and crew retreated to the five star Hilton Hotel in Madrid. One early morning Lester was woken by the night manager and informed him that the police were in the lobby trying to arrest Oliver who had spent the night drinking and arrived back at the hotel shedding his clothes and climbing into the hotel giant fish tank where he made an elaborate display of swallowing and wiggling a few of the fish. Martin Mark police officers and Oliver decided it was time he left naked and dripping about his audience before splashing his way back to his room. the whole story made the headlines and added the fact that Animal Rights groups were picketing the set.

Two months later Oliver was once again clashing with the hotel management this time it landed in the court and on the streets, on the 18th of July 1973 Oliver and a group of friends stopped at the Hilton’s coffee bar after a night out in Madrid what started as a round of drinking and banter quickly degenerated into the inevitable test of strengths, and Oliver began challenging all the other occupants of the restaurant screaming at the top of his lungs “I’m the greatest a true British blue I’ll take on anyone” overturning tables and smashing glass and ashtrays with people rushing away out of the restaurant not wanting to get hurt or involved
In the end took five policeman to subdue the actor and drag him into the waiting van, Oliver protested throughout shouting leave me alone I’m Athos one of the musketeers you can’t touch me.

Sometime between the filming and the editing the Producers decided the three and a half hour epic certainly too long cinema it would be cut almost exactly in half and issued as two separate features The Three Musketeers – the Queen’s diamonds in 1973 and one year later The Four Musketeers the Revenge of milady, within weeks the majority of the stars including Oliver had threatened a joint legal action cast successfully claimed that second release would be considered a second film and therefore require them to be paid the same money as the first.

And once back home at Broome Hall Oliver’s baronial life continued, and when and Ken Russell was invited over film the king’s men Oliver answered the door wearing his Athos costume complete with rapier. and challenging him to a sword fight by snatching up a dry roasted broadsword. With the out come Russell having a small cut down his chest, but in later years Oliver would paint a very different picture. A fight for his very life.

What I think. – Even when Oliver is given a decent part in a blockbuster flim he finds a way of messing it up, I know that there is way of publicising his work on the film fake stories in the newspaper or silly TV interviews. But Oliver goes all out for real and it’s catching up with him now. That’s fine if he pushing against overbearing directors and Studios who can’t understand what he’s tried to achieve, that’s part of the world. In fact when the studio tried to make the 3 hour epic film into 2 hours he rallied around with the rest of the cast to make sure everybody was equally compensated. But Richard Lester was going out of his way to help. Which Oliver just threw away, I get the feeling The Musketeer flims maybe the last of good parts he will have for a long time. Hopefully I am wrong as Ken Russell has come back into Oliver’s life once again. So that’s your lot for this week and in the next blog we will be covering more of Mr Reed’s life, as always if you have done thank you for reading and whoever you are whether you be I hope you can join me next week.

Bookends – Book Review – Tie In – Richard Castle – Heat Wave – Thirteen

The following blog contains spoilers for the Richard Castle book Heat Wave is this your one and only warning, leave now if you do not want this book to be spoilt

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of a reason to kill trot out there alibis. and then, in the stifling grip of a record heatwave comes another shocking murder a sharp turn in the tents journey into dirty little secrets at the wealthy, Secrets that prove to be fatal secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Homicide Detective Nikki Heat.

Previously in Heat Wave – Heat, Rook, Ochoa and Raley team up with Marr and his team to arrest the people who have taken Matthew Starr pictures. The rade is successful but when the group check the van all the pictures have already gone.

And Now the continuation.

Thirteen – Inside the interrogation room Heat is with the biker who’s name is Brian Daniels nicknamed Doc, doesn’t care very much for Heat and her questions which ignores, so she just leaves him there and with his little running act he could end up in sing sing for all time.

Rook is sitting a Heat’s desk and is just unhappy, He had ride back to the station in a black and white. Heat did it for protection from her mostly but really because he could have been shot. Just then Ochoa comes in giving her the alibis for both Kimberly and Noah which are watertight. Under his breath Ochoa tells Rook he’s kind of cool for flooring Daniels just as Heat’s phone rings with Raley on the other end.

He has with him, Henry the doorman from Starr building and they have set a lineup for him to take a look at but he identifies one of the cops in the line and not Daniels who’s in the lineup.

Back in the bull pen the detectives are passing a small ball around trying to think of their next move, they will have to let Daniels go but Heat wants to apply a little bit of pressure before they do. As she says this Heat passes the ball to Rook who fails to catch it and it hits him the face.

Heat has the other doorman of the Guilford in the interrogation room now Gerald Buckley, who after Heat asks first about the blackout and second why he didn’t call in for his shift calls for his lawyer. But Heat has a plan B, outside Ochoa and Raley positioned Daniels were he can see the interrogation room but the people leaving can’t see him. Heat and Buckley walk out together and she thanks him for the help and for doing the right thing. Buckley leaves in a hurry and then gets Daniels back inside.

Daniels now says that Buckley is a lying and he’s not any friend of his sure yes they broke into the apartment but when they did the pictures were already gone and that’s the Gods honest truth. Outside Raley believes him so does Heat even if old man Henry was out with his times there is no way they moved all the pictures without being seen, Rook thinks Penn and Teller did it but Heat has other ideas licence plate number of the Volvo And after Ochoa has made a few calls they found out belongs to Barbara Deerfield who has been missing from her work of four days no employer turns out to be Sotheby’s auction house and she’s employed as an appraiser.

What I Think – after the flash bang of the previous raid and arrests,.we have what is called the slow burn. We have first a suspect who is is not going to say one word without a a lawyer present or even acknowledge he’s in any serious danger. So Heat uses her head like all good police do. She plays one against the other gets the results I also like the fact that we still have people coming with information it’s not all still a straight line that are bends in it for example the old man who works at the Guildford didn’t see anybody and in fact helps establish that it was inside job without giving the game away.

It’s also stopped being Heat and Rook show it has become a foursome Ochoa, Raley, Rook and Heat I’m guessing that have Mr Richard Castle relationship with the NYPD 12th Precinct really was, and whatever case this has been based on must have been rather intense to formed such an integral Bond quite this quickly.

Now we have miss Jane Doe established Barbara deerfield art appraisal how she fits in with Kimberly Starr and Noah Paxton is yet to be seen is she in fact to do with the two gentleman who were assaulted Mr Starr for unpaid debt money.

So that’s your lot for is week as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter of Heat Wave but until then whoever you are and whether you be bye for now and see you next week.

Once In A Lifetime – Autobiographies and Biographies – Evil spirits – The life of Oliver Reed – Chapter Eleven

In May 1999, after a 40 year career including 100 films Oliver Reed died as he had invariably lived, Drinking With Friends while making another film is well received performance in the Blockbuster gladiator and having Risen through hammer horror films to international starred up as Bill Sikes in Oliver Reed became in his own words the biggest star this country has got With his legendary off screen exploits and blue opinions especially of his co-stars he was one of the most infamous.

All quotes belong to Oliver Reed or others, and copyright belongs to Cliff Goodwin.

Previously in this Blog – We witnessed Oliver behavior cause him to lose out on two flim roles one being the second James Bond. And the end of the his marriage. But this didn’t stop him from fliming his first western which in the end gave him a love of horse and once back in England he bought a house in the countryside. Employing his brother as his manager and thank less job, which also Oliver make harder by truning down work in Hollywood and billing himself as Mr England.

warning this blog may contain scenes and descriptions people of a certain disposition may find offensive or blasphemous

Chapter Eleven.

In 1969 Ken Russell had sent John Trevelyan a script for the flim The Devils and asked him to let him know if anything in it that might produce a censorship problem. Trevelyan was in the unique position that any cuts to the flim he would ask for wouldn’t back to hunt him be the next guy. When the flim would eventually released with a X certificate and campaign book by its Warner Bros distributors. So by the late Sixties Ken had assumed an almost mystical presence, So thoughout the summer of 1970 one of the largest sound stages was transformed into a sixteenth century replica of London. Before fliming started Ken called all the extras together to inform them what they could expect most would have to play one scene naked others would be ‘Flagellated’ and the woman playing nuns would have to have their heads shaved for which they would be paid extra. However Oliver who was playing the part of Father Grandier had to have every hair removed which he accepted until his eyebrows which he didn’t want lose. Ken told him that that was the whole point of the scene they were to shave his entire body and do unspeakable acts with red hot pokers. So after a few seconds Oliver traded his eyebrows for the pokers and a insurance policy of half a million pounds in they did not grow back.

But the next day loss of eyebrows wasn’t Oliver’s main concern in fact he had threatened to quit because of Russell’s insistence Oliver will learn Latin effete Oliver found extremely difficult in fact not only to read but pronounce. So Russell came to the conclusion they would keep a few lines of Latin much to Oliver’s delight. Yet unknown to Russell Oliver had come up with an ingenious solution so he wouldn’t have to learn the lines because in one scene Oliver had an object into holy water and a knight the bodies of his congregation while chanting Latin he got through the take by writing lives on tiny scraps of paper surreptitiously floating in the water out of sight of the camera. In another profile shot Oliver had to Neil down break bread while chanting a Latin prayer Russell was left speechless and the set remain silent in astonishment that Oliver was able without stopping to get through the entire scene. But when Russell called for a second take the whole scheme was unraveled as Oliver wasn’t quick enough to hide the pieces of paper this time and Russell exploded and made Oliver return to his caravan and learn every single word by heart.

The Devils was being premiered at the 1971 Venice Flim Festival in a clever publicity stunt the Italian distributors in writing a cross section of society to sit through and first screening the only people to reject with a theologians unlike the Last Time Russell had release a film in Venice this was met by the bun was met by protests and the previous film had it’s ban lifted. At home when the flim received its first showing fans queued around the block and every seat was sold. But the critic Alexander Walker was very unkind call in the film a ghastly glossary sadomasochim and a masturbatory fantasies.

the first threat to a general release in a few days after with the new chairman of the Greater London film Council Mark Preston calling for a special viewing. the committee agreed by just three votes to allow the Devil’s to be shown in cinemas across London. the next people to be fat off with a festival of light a organisation which claimed to be the authentic voice of Britain it tried contacting churches outside London and encourage ministers and congregations to pressure at the local authorities ban Russell film but few council’s agreed.

For Russell The Devil’s remain a film worth making, ” it was a political statement although the events took place over 400 years ago corruption and mass brainwashing by the church and the state is still with us, as is the insatiable craving for sex and violence by the general public.”
Oliver like the rest of the cast Riley supported the film and they were he admitted some ridiculous scenes but it wasn’t outrageous or horrific or even blasphemous Oliver also emphasised Russell’s attempt to subdue his audience with the moments of accuracy and total belief only to make them cast with lightning jokes of insanity and stupidity much the same as Oliver live in his old life.

Yet the strain of distributing the film play heavily on their relationship and they could not no longer hold a conversation or look each other in the eye but sometimes they could not bear to be in the same room there was an emptiness now in the relationship with needed to lie Fallow until it could be recharged.

Graham Cottle had bought the rights to The Triple Echo and while Robin Chapman adopted adapted EH Bates novel the Producers began to search for a director the one they found with television director Michael Apted, thankfully went into stars two of the leads were already under contract it would be the first time Oliver and Glenda Jackson and works together since women in love, where would soon be joined by newcomer Brian Deacon. Aware of Apted relative in experience and adding Deacon into the mix The producers decided to allow the unusual step of the actor’s power to veto the choice Director. Miss Jackson welcomed the chance to work with a new fresh director, Oliver was once again offered a short fee with a percentage of the profits flexed his boxoffice muscle by threatening to the decline the film unless the script was changed as he didn’t like the fact Miss Jackson was his love interest. And when former members of the Field Ambulance unit Oliver had been with doing his national service most of them commented that the only difference was that Oliver on screen had another stripe as he was almost mimicking his own voice and manner even making the same guttural sounds he used to do one matching them around the drill Square. Oliver and Jackson each other from a distance and separate areas of the film set Oliver as a woman from their first meeting he had minor as a talented actress and was never afraid to say so.

at one of the press launches for the film the questions turned from his recent performance to that of Burt Reynolds who has just appeared as a playgirl centerfold and Oliver had admitted declining such a similar offer joking his manhood would have been too big to fit on the page. and with cries of prove it he didn’t I refuse the challenge and promptly remove it from his trousers. years later he was asked about the incident “I don’t display it as often as it’s reported I certainly do don’t do it at the drop of a hat I don’t mind taking it out occasionally a winkle is a Winkle and I’ve happily pull it out to get a reaction if people are hurt or outraged by what I do then they’re missing the point the point being that life shouldn’t be about sitting around staring at frosted glasses life should be lived and that’s all there is to it.”

What I think – Well Oliver crossed a few lines here from high art to clownish buffoonery and back again. I guess that he’s trying all kinds of things to see want fits, Not only as an outrageous actor who pushes the boundaries of censorship imposed in the 1970s by the British censorship board. But also how far he can push himself he’s willing to take part in several stunts and several business opportunities taking short fees but if you if not all of the films he and Ken Russell created. That must huge undertaking to have that much pressure not only does this performance have to be right on the first take it also has to appeal to the public so he does not lose money.

yet he can see the hole roller coaster and the whole image of himself as being just a character he plays to drum up business at the cost of a little bit of public respect.

I would like to have it known here that I did leave out a small section of the story in the early part of this blog as it had to do with his co-star in The Devils film Miss Vanessa Redgrave it was extremely heartbreaking and did not have any bearing on the eventual outcome and I don’t think Mr Cliff Goodwin should have included it although it is a matter of public record.

So that’s your lot for this week and in the next blog we will be covering more of Mr Reed’s life, as always if you have done thank you for reading and whoever you are whether you be I hope you can join me next week.

Bookends – Book Review – Tie In – Richard Castle – Heat Wave – Twelve

The following blog contains spoilers for the Richard Castle book Heat Wave is this your one and only warning, leave now if you do not want this book to be spoilt

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of a reason to kill trot out there alibis. and then, in the stifling grip of a record heatwave comes another shocking murder a sharp turn in the tents journey into dirty little secrets at the wealthy, Secrets that prove to be fatal secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Homicide Detective Nikki Heat.

Previously in Heat Wave – Heat and Rook go to Starr’s apartment and find all the collection of painting have been stolen heat then ring Noah to find out that none of the paintings were insured, And when Kimberly returns she goes almost total off the deep end. So can’t be interviewed on the ride back to the station, Heat gets a call from Ochoa about the robbery unit finding a van matching the one used so her and Rook head off after it.

And now the continuation

Twelve -Heat approach without sirens and thanks to Ochoa a traffic control has been set, She meets Lieutenant Marr from 108th together they plan out how take the building as Rook watches on. Ochoa and Raley get ready too. Rook thinks his staying in the car but this time Heat makes him get out.

The rest of Marr’s team from around them and they enter the building she counts five people the team split and keep the guys were they are and the rest move deeper. Heat calls Ochoa who covers the exit, Marr kicks in a door two gunshots crack but hit the door frame the shooter is a biker looking guy who’s heading for the roof. Heat heads outside and around the building edge halfway side of the drain pipe was the biker and coming out the side building was the rest of her team but the biker was of the using both hand to move down quite quickly he had a free hand as hit a sidewalk and reached for a gun.

But the first person she sees is Rook and he’s between her and the biker, who uses this opportunity to drag his gun, and stand up facing her but drops his gun But Rook dives for it and point it right in his face.

They load everyone into a few patrol cars, and see them off Heat, Raley and Rook head over to the moving van but when they open it all they find are a pile of moving blankets all the painting are gone.

What I think.

Well that was short chapter in fact it was only three pages, and works extremely well. All action Heat takes the leadership role once again even when Marr team is first on the ground. Ochoa comes into his own by using his skills to keep point on everyone and everything. Mr Castle knows what’s needed he doesn’t drag out the little details in out bang bang and doesn’t end there because there is yet another twist right at the end.

So that’s your lot for is week as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter of Heat Wave but until then whoever you are and whether you be bye for now and see you next week.

Once In A Lifetime – Autobiographies and Biographies – Evil spirits – The life of Oliver Reed – Chapter Ten

In May 1999, after a 40 year career including 100 films Oliver Reed died as he had invariably lived, Drinking With Friends while making another film is well received performance in the Blockbuster gladiator and having Risen through hammer horror films to international starred up as Bill Sikes in Oliver Reed became in his own words the biggest star this country has got With his legendary off screen exploits and blue opinions especially of his co-stars he was one of the most infamous.

All quotes belong to Oliver Reed or others, and copyright belongs to Cliff Goodwin.

In the Previous in this blog – We spent the whole of the last chapter with Oliver as we saw the conception, read through and shooting of the flim Woman In Love. We were witness to his misogynistic and misguided attitude towards his female co-star his fear, nervousness and and damn right ridiculous attitude towards filming his first mainstream nude scene with another male co-star. Yet in the end to whole thing is seen as act on his part to make wave and carve out his place on celluloid.

Chapter Ten I may look like a Bedford truck but somehow I unconsciously give the promise of having a V8 engine – uncomfortable perhaps – but fast

Oliver was now 31 and the public was already accepting him as working class royalty, by day he was photographed in the company famous golfers of pop stars arriving at the opening of state in the back of a lorry and at night pie eyed and slightly typed in various London pubs and clubs. And this overfamiliarty would unfortunately lead to the last of Oliver’s most prestigious and lucrative role in his career. With the departure of Sean Connery from the bond franchise cubby broccoli Harry saltzman began and new world wide search for James Bond. There was certainly no doubt Oliver’s acting ability in his previous film he displayed a technical grasp of his craft in the ability to sustain harsh physical psychological scrutiny.

For the latest James Bond adventure the Producers the chosen on Her Majesty’s Secret Service a fantastical Love Story adapted almost word for word from flemings original novel. Shortly before his death and with hindsight broccoli admitted it was a lost opportunity an oversight shared by the critic and writer Andrew Rissik. Oliver would have brought a glowing menace to the mayhem while he might have been able, in the romantic scenes to do what country have never attempted to bring a comic strip fantasy to the films the emotionally obsessive Byronic loner of the later books.

For Broccoli the decision to discard Oliver for Lazenby, was far more question of image and imagination. Lazenby it was an unknown actor and could it be molded into the public perception of James Bond into the kind of Bond the fans wanted. With Oliver they had far greater problem because he already had a public image he was well known for working hard and playing even harder they would have had to destroy his image and rebuild it from the Ground Up which they did not have the time or the money to do. Also Oliver’s disintegrating marriage and increased public affairs, didn’t sit well with Broccoli. Equally destructive was Oliver’s drinking when he was in a bad mood which was usually constantly he was unable and unwilling to deal with anybody in a civilised manor,

The end of the marriage came when kate was informed about Oliver’s lover being pregnant, and after a very heated divorce in which Oliver tried and failed to defend his concept of marriage Kate won custody of there son and the financial support. So temporarily freed from his responsibility Oliver and his brother Simon joined together a formed ‘The Portley Club’ a drinking club who’s members could call upon each whatever the hour of the day/night and be subject to many games.

Oliver had completed his first full decade as an actor and just finished 1/35 film his next contract would pass another milestone in his career he was about to make his first western. The Hunting Party was being flimed in Spain with Oliver playing the role of Frank Calder who mistakenly kidnaps the wife of a millionaire cattle Baron played by Gene Hackman. In his contract Oliver was taught to ride and handle a gun like a cowboy, his horse for the film was called Archibald the pair became so attached to other that Archibald began to play tricks on his Rider by nibbling his ear and much to Oliver’s displeasure at the end of the shoot here offered to buy the horse but unfortunately Madrid stables were unwilling to sell him. Although the film behave poorly at the box office did give Oliver the enthusiasm to find a horse of his own, and with help of Johnny and Jane Kidd he was able to do just that a horse called Dougal.

Oliver convinced himself it was time to establish some set of roots and find a permanent home for himself and Dougal the plot of land he said that was a 65 room former monastery at the top of a rolling Surrey Hills of South Dorking. And was by the time Oliver had his hands on it was a nearly nearly derelict wreck and been empty for years. Peter Reed (father) was horrified his son with charming to buy a £85,000 heap of rubble in the middle of the country. So Oliver bought him a new home to. the house and its history fascinated Oliver who is family focus on long-term picture every brick in every room was something wonderful to Oliver yet his brother believed it was more ego that history.

While Broome Hall provided Oliver with a sense of arrival it also left him Feeling Strangely isolated, the solution was a simple one one by one surround himself with the friends he had made in Wimbledon, the first recruit was Simon Oliver’s half brother who became his press agent / manager attempting to keep track of income and expenses. The second were Mr Bill Dobson and his wife Jenny Gardner and housekeeper.

Simon’s job was made hard because Oliver would get bored and would create a threatening drama, nudging things along but keeping Simon in the dark most of the time. In interviews at the time Oliver would call himself Mr England calling out actors who had left England take on other roles people like Sean Connery and Michael Caine even going so far as turn down two leading in Jaws and The String. Unknown to Oliver, his bad behavior was the real reason Hollywood don’t call after a few years and twenty years Oliver admitted it was the biggest mistake of his career

What I think.

So we have two people, one Oliver Reed the actor the other Oliver Reed the human being trying to work out he real perspective on the world around him filling in gaps he doesn’t understand with drinking and other things. Which are now costing him two major milestones one being James Bond and the other Hollywood’s calls. so there is now to much crossover to be pulled back or patched over so Oliver the actor steps in to fill the role for the public view.

So that’s your lot for this week and in the next blog we will be covering more of Mr Reed’s life, as always if you have done thank you for reading and whoever you are whether you be I hope you can join me next week.

Narrowboat Ezri – How Things Work Maybe ?

With the 2017/18 football season drawing to its close, there two games left, one Sunday the other middle of the following week. That means a little more cruising, further down the Macclesfield and back on to the Trent and Mersey, but and I still going have to make sure I am in walk distance to the nearest train station. As I down to work a few other things that are taking place at the Manchester City Stadium.

How I want it to is almost the identical way it normally works, Starting at Furness Vale I get the train into Manchester walk from the station to work do my shift and getting then the train home to Ezri, then with the free days more her along the canal. That’s a simple thing to do when the football is in the afternoon or early morning even the European championship matches can just about be done, as long they don’t end up being things like extra time and penalties. As the last train is at 10 past 11 at night.

However 99% of the concerts that happened at Manchester City Stadium have a curfew of 11 o’clock or 10 o’clock add a hour to make sure everyone has left then we can go home ourselves. That takes the whole thing to 12 midnight and one missed train a long walk to Ezri in the dark 5 hours plus.

I could move Ezri into the the center of the city to new Islington Marina/moorings which I have done in the past it cuts down the walk to Ezri to five minutes no really five minutes, I would be doing that this year to but for three things.

One) the last information I have on new Islington Marina it’s that the permanent residence there the middle of a dispute with Manchester Council about the building work that is taking place around them. Which I don’t want any part of

Two) Cost, as new Islington Marina is run by urban splash development there is a small fee. Nothing really excessive but it would feel like spending my money before I had earned it and as I intend to take out of the water this year for blacking and pay for a new BSS I do need to save.

Three) Marple Locks, are still under repair as when they came to begin the winter moorings one of the wall of the Lox halfway Up caved In on them and they had to basically rebuild the whole thing. Now the latest news on the reopening the locks May 25th one day after I start work on concerts (running of 5 days in a row) so unless Ezri can move on her own there is no way we can make into the center of Manchester.

I am quite sure of a workable solution yet, I can move towards Marple and there are two places I can be which would cut down the commute and hopefully I wouldn’t miss the train. But if I go beyond Marple the time both ways get stretched somewhat considerably. it does make the walk 3 hours if I miss the train.

But that’s all the boring stuff when that’s all taken care of I plan to start small snapshot blogs and vlog 10 minute reads about were Me and Ezri are simple history bits or trip vlogs and if the weather is bad I have another idea which is just a bit of fun.

Anyway that’s how me and Ezri are doing I think that covers about everything. But for now thank you for reading and see all soon.

Bookends – Book Review – Tie In – Richard Castle – Heat Wave – Eleven

The following blog contains spoilers for the Richard Castle book Heat Wave is this your one and only warning, leave now if you do not want this book to be spoilt

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of a reason to kill trot out there alibis. and then, in the stifling grip of a record heatwave comes another shocking murder a sharp turn in the tents journey into dirty little secrets at the wealthy, Secrets that prove to be fatal secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Homicide Detective Nikki Heat.

Previously in Heat Wave – Nikki takes Rook to her bedroom and the make love, the early hours of the day they do it again. Only to be woken up by Lauren ringing to tell Heat about body she’s found which has links to Matthew Starr. Rook and Heat then head out but Heat makes Rook go home to change. Lauren guesses that Heat has been with someone but Heat doesn’t tell her who. The body is a woman from the same building Matthew lives in. Then Heat’s phone rings again this Rook who now with Roach at Matthew’s apartment all the pictures are now gone.

And the continuation

Eleven – Heat makes it back to the Guilford thirty minutes later, Raley is outside the door waiting for her, He shows her the walls were stripped bare all that was left were the nails and mountings. Rook says it looks bigger but Heat says it smaller. And he says “Guess size is a matter of personal experience.” Raley and Ochoa glance at each other so Heat gets down to work. Kimberly and her child were at Grand Central going somewhere unknown just yet so it wasn’t a kidnapping. Heat tells Ochoa to call her cell and find her.

The detectives running the burglary investigation are Detectives Gunther and Francis who don’t really know anything more that the job would take time and man power, the whole stash would worth fifty to sixty mil. Down stairs Heat talks to the night door man Henry and is told about how he was hit and tired up by a guy working with three other men pull a big van up to the building, They take his cell phone and stay about half a hour, and old man Henry thinks it’s all his fault Heat try s to tell him wrong.

Back at the precinct Heat draws a new line of the board tracking the burglary, she adds the phone of the Jane Doe, Lauren found Ochoa thinks it too weird she was in the lobby the same day Starr got killed. He rang Kimberly who freaked out about the burglary him didn’t tell her was taken just it happened and she told him that she will make her way back to the city. And with no CCTV thanks to the blackout Gunther and Francis are they’re only help so far.

Heat and Rook go back to apartment to wait for Kimberly the Forensic guys are still there so Heat asks if someone could get without use the door, no the answer is no as windows are painted shut. So Heat asks them check the outside of the windows, to see if anyone could get in that way.

Noah Paxton rings Heat and she asks him if he can account for his whereabouts, teaching a class and then home, the paintings had been insured but not any longer. And yes Kimberly know, Heat ends the call.

A few minutes later Kimberly turns up and its a full blown 1950 flim shriek, and she almost becomes a lunatic muttering yelling, all Heat and the others can do is wait it out,

On the drive back Rook asks Heat out to dinner, which she turns down. But then on the radio Ochoa tells them the robbery squad fun and eyewitness Who sore for men this morning casing the joint and he took notice of the strange plate had on the side of the truck, So off to long Island city Heat and Rook go all sirens and lights.

What I think – Well there’s a twist, Matthew Starr a dead man has all his paintings stolen, but why it can’t be to help the widow out as there weren’t in insured, and it can’t be the guys who pushed him for money ones out watch and the other is on the run. So who can it be. And how does Jane Doe fit into all this who knows

I like the fact that Mr Castle has managed to move beyond just putting Heat and Rook together, yes it’s part of the wider story and their interactions will obviously change but it’s not going to affect the case. Heat will solve it and if their together at the end well so be it.

There is more to this book that the killing of Matthew Starr, and Mr Castle has built whole world not just cardboard cut outs, there is living breathing city and its people.

So that’s your lot for is week as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter of Heat Wave but until then whoever you are and whether you be bye for now and see you next week.

Once In A Lifetime – Autobiographies and Biographies – Evil spirits – The life of Oliver Reed – Chapter Nine

In May 1999, after a 40 year career including 100 films Oliver Reed died as he had invariably lived, Drinking With Friends while making another film is well received performance in the Blockbuster gladiator and having Risen through hammer horror films to international starred up as Bill Sikes in Oliver Reed became in his own words the biggest star this country has got With his legendary off screen exploits and blue opinions especially of his co-stars he was one of the most infamous.

All quotes belong to Oliver Reed or others, and copyright belongs to Cliff Goodwin.

In the Previous in this blog – With the help once of Michael Winner, Oliver is taken on as second lead opposite Michael Crawford which leads to his audition for the musical Oliver, which catapulted to the multi million pound film star bracket, yet as his star raises people around him and family life begin to show signs of conflict and damage because of his affairs and alcohol consumption when not working. And he just about on threshold starring in the next picture that will make you a world wide household name. Women in Love

Chapter Nine ” being nice doesn’t particularly interests me and I only do things if they interest me”

Oliver visits Ken Russell’s home to talk about the fight scene between Rupert Birkin and Gerald Crich, both men wrestle naked outside in the moonlight, which Oliver calls a poofy commercial. Ken thinks it’s one thing to get away with it in a book and quite another to bring if off on the screen. “It’s bloody impossible” But Oliver knows better as he locks Ken and himself in the kitchen and without a word using a simple jujitsu move throws Ken to the far side of the room, So the scene remain in.

Casting Women in Love was just as problematic after four different versions of the screenplay were written and now this Oliver thing, and remained fluid almost to the moment of shooting started, because of the lack of money But the solution was a simple one Ken would persuade his two leading access to exchange part of the traditional food for the share future profits it was a practical solution but it had never been done before for British film. So Russell’s next recruit was the middle class RADA trained Alan Bates, Who liked the idea of physical parts of the script and so started a course of judo lessons. Ken had the idea that Oliver would play Rupert self-portrait of Lawrence and Bates as Gerald Crich the son of the local colliery owner, but after Russell had cast the two leading ladies it was decided the men would switch roles. And for the leading ladies Russell cast Jennie Linden as Ursula and Glenda Jackson as Gudrun Brangwen.

In Lake me and with less than 2 weeks before shooting was due to staff cast members net for the first time in Ken Russells home. Women in Love Chronicles not only the battle of the sexes but the daily skirmishes between the British Midlands elite the 1920s. Glenda Jackson read the script with increasing alarm but wasn’t the nudity that she was being asked to perform it was in fact the Russell view on woman in general, and the disagreements between Russell, Oliver and Glenda were numerous and heated and always centred around or on the subject of sex.

The trouble was Oliver had never met a woman quite like Glenda Jackson, when charm failed he turned to macho logic, and when that failed to spark a response he turned uncharacteristically to sarcasm. In fact that a rumor broke not long after the first read-though that Oliver wanted Jackson replaced. The true was each recognised the others strengths and weaknesses, like two powerful motorboats forced to compete in a narrow dangerous waterway.

Oliver was naturally nervous about the wrestling scene not was it the first time he would acting without clothes but he was about to become the first actor to be fully naked in a mainstream flim. The scene itself was being shunned further and further down the shooting list with gave both Oliver and Alan time to conveniently start walking with a limp and shuffling along the sets. The money people to were getting jittery too, so much so that a second set of call sheets were made up in case the actor failed to show. After a night of heavy drinking Oliver turned up to Alan’s caravan with two bottles of vodka, and two hours later wearing each others dressing gown matched giggling their way onto set.

The vodka may have anaesthetised the pain of being repeatedly being thrown to the floor on the thinly protected floor, and the insistence that the rubber matting Oliver was to be thrown to become more important then the actors in the scene. All didn’t accept Oliver’s masculinity and in fact between takes even pretend to help himself down with a towel. No one noticed except the continuity girl so being somewhat high on vodka, he he asked her to fetch a ruler so he could measure himself just for the sake of the continuity of the film.

And in the end the expected clash with the census at least in Britain failed to materialise, and the flim was passed without the nudity being removed in Britain the film broke all box office records however internationally the reaction was mixed in most Catholic countries the response with Swift and uncompromising curious South American audiences at the cinemas for weeks after the census initially gave the Birkin-Crich relationship a homosexual Twist to generate more interest in the film itself the Italian census were taking no chances and banned the film out right. French critics as ever treated it as cinematic art and it off screen antics of stars were far more interesting to them.

What I Think -Well Oliver is a performer he knows how to manipulate his audience to get his way and when that doesn’t work he, because down right hostile closes down. Yes the flim was ground breaking in its time. But it didn’t really come from the right mind set of the people involved. Oliver wanting to dominate,to control to be the center of the event, the way Oliver treated both extremely wrong and would now be classed as harassment. Yet without that approach to the flim I don’t people would care about it as much as they do or that it would even exist. I’m not trying to justify the man’s actions and I do hope that somewhere quietly and at some point in time he was able to repair and reconcile Miss Glenda Jackson. No one can go through their life without changing the point of view and outlook and I believe that Oliver maybe is capable of doing such a thing so will we will just have to see. But I think there will be a lot of alcohol to flow through Oliver before then.So that’s your lot for this week and in the next blog we will be covering more of Mr Reed’s life, as always if you have done thank you for reading and whoever you are whether you be I hope you can join me next week.

Bookends – Book Review – Tie In – Richard Castle – Heat Wave – Ten

The following blog contains spoilers for the Richard Castle book Heat Wave is this your one and only warning, leave now if you do not want this book to be spoilt

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of a reason to kill trot out there alibis. and then, in the stifling grip of a record heatwave comes another shocking murder a sharp turn in the tents journey into dirty little secrets at the wealthy, Secrets that prove to be fatal secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Homicide Detective Nikki Heat.

Previously in Heat Wave -Heat makes her way home carrying the print Rook gave her, only to find out her block is in blackout. And when she gets home she puts Rook on his ass for jumping out of the dark, leaving him bruised jaw. Then they have a black and white pass them getting the wrong idea. Heat waves them off and they walked inside. Lighting your apartment with candles and a hurricane lamp Heat calls the precinct and asks if she should come in what is tall she is better off to stay where she is. So she helps Rook put ice on his jaw and they eventually use the ice to make margaritas which works as a catalyst and they kiss. And Heat takes him to her bedroom.

And the continuation.

Ten – Once they are in her room they make love, both letting go and being free. Rook’s passion matching hers. In the early hours of the next morning Heat wakes up with Rook by her side, In her head she questions how it happened, yes from very beginning there had been a spark of attraction, and had denying the feeling, avoiding relationships done more harm. Rook made the world around her playful, he showed her the world anew. And she rolls towards him and slips down his chest.

Three hours later Heat’s phone wakes them both up, its Lauren on the other end, she’s working a crime crime scene in fact she’s at an impound lot for cars and she has information that he might find useful on her case. But Lauren hears Rook but Heat is able to brush her off. Much to Rook’s dismay.

Outside Rook is able to get a minivan cab heading northbound, Heat gives the driver Rook address which Rook doesn’t understand shouldn’t they be going to the impound lot. Heat wants Rook to change his clothes, she also does not want them turning up at the crime scene in the same car. Heat is going to lean on the lab for the forensics report on Pochenko jeans. The cab pulls up and Rook makes his way into his building looking like a rejected puppy.

Heat badged herself the gate of the impound and found Lauren who is next to and you wish metallic Volvo wagon and in that the driver’s seat is a woman slumped down, the top of the head pointed out of the open car. a Jane Doe A little impatiently heat asks what the connection is, Lauren has found a ring which matches the brushing on Matthew Starr, the ring was found on the floor of the Volvo. So now we have a female aged fifty death by strangulation by persons known or unknown sitting in the backseat. Lauren believes the ring belongs to whoever strangled and probably came off in the struggle. After a few minutes Heat thinks she seen this woman before of the on the tapes from the Guilford, but just her phone rings and its Rook, he and Roach are starting in Matthew stars department after a call about a burglary all the paintings every single one of them have now been stolen.

What I think – Well that was something, Mr Castle nicely folded the sex into the story and then just got on with the story and the mystery of Matthew Starr, he didn’t make it the whole chapter and didn’t give Rook the power in this relationship it’s all Heat, Rook is sent home and Heat is back to being Detective Heat once again. I hope that this reminds the power play and that Rook doesn’t try to use the sex as some kind of hold over her or any problems with her work environment. We don’t need the the tired old cliche of them falling out and then falling back in beds with each other.

Now back to the case Lauren now has a mystery Jane Doe, with links to Matthew Starr well hus building at least and who owns the ring that made made the marks on her and Starr, will it hold the vital DNA that will close the case. and will Pochenko even be found ?

So that’s your lot for is week as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter of Heat Wave but until then whoever you are and whether you be bye for now and see you next week.