Wednesday, 10 August 2011

The Spy Who Loved Me - Lotus Espirit

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I remember being at school back in 1977 and the Lotus Espirit from the Bond classic, "The Spy Who Loved Me" being all the rage and the only thing spoken about on the playground. Christmas morning that year and, surprise, surprise, in my stocking was this Corgi edition of that famous Lotus!

Emmerdale Calendar (2008)

There were 12 pages of Emmerdale pictures from the scenes of Emmerdale's most memorable storylines in this official Emmerdale calendar from 2008.

Billboard Hot 100 (1964)

The Beatles,I Want To Hold Your Hand,Germany,Deleted,7
1964, February 7th the place is New York - JFK Airport, some 5000 fans are all gathered to witness the arrival of the Beatles and the beginning of the British invasion. Their first album "Please Please Me" had stayed at No1 in the U.K. for 30 consecutive weeks but the record company because of licensing problems had not released it in the U.S. Instead they released the single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" which sold 2.6 million copies in the two weeks preceding their arrival. During the course of the year they would subsequently capture nine spots on the Top 100 charts with five of them in the No1 slot (see chart below for titles).
Diana Ross,The Ultimate Collection,UK,CD ALBUM,183204
Groups from the U.K. weren't the only thing charting however, The Supreme's had their first hit with Motown Records, "Where Did Our Love Go" which was quickly followed by "Baby Love" and "Come See About Me" all three climbed to No1 on the charts. The only other multiple top spot performer was actually a early 1960's favorite, Bobby Vinton who had "There! I've Said It Again" and "Mr. Lonely" both hit No1. Another perennial favorite Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons had three huge hits with "Rag Doll", "Stay" and "Ronnie"
The Four Seasons,Entertain You,UK,Deleted,LP RECORD,175240

1964 hit music
There! I've Said It AgainBobby Vinton41/04
I Want To Hold Your HandThe Beatles72/01
She Loves YouThe Bealtes23/21
Can't Buy Me LoveThe Beatles54/04
Hello, Dolly!Louis Armstrong15/09
My GuyMary Wells25/16
Love Me DoThe Beatles15/30
Chapel Of LoveThe Dixie Cups36/06
A World Without LovePeter & Gordon16/27
I Get AroundThe Beach Boys27/04
Rag DollThe Four Seasons27/18
A Hard Day's NightThe Beatles28/01
Everybody Loves SomebodyDean Martin18/15
Where Did Our Love GoSupremes28/22
The House Of The Rising SunAnimals39/5
Oh, Pretty WomanRoy Orbison39/26
Do Wah Diddy DiddyManfred Mann210/17
Baby LoveSupremes410/31
Leader Of The PackThe Shangri-las111/28
RingoLorne Greene112/05
Mr. LonelyBobby Vinton112/12
Come See About MeSupremes212/19
I Feel FineThe Beatles312/26

Club Sandwich - Christmas 1978

Paul McCartney and Wings,Club Sandwich #12,UK,Deleted,FANZINE,543728
Paul McCartney and Wings Fanzine "Club Sandwich" No12 and was the Christmas edition for December/January 1978-79. Inside there featured a colour poster centrefold and numerous other festive treats.

It's A Knockout and the Radio Times (1966)

Radio Times Logo, 1971

Radio Times - the BBC's television and radio listings magazine - was a stoic supporter of It's A Knockout. From 1972, it awarded The Radio Times Trophy to the overall winning team at the end of each domestic series. In addition, it gave over space for features, illustrative material and even front covers to the series. .The material below is from various editions of the Radio Times dating back in 1966.

Radio Times article, Sunday 7th August 1966

(Above) Radio Times, 6th - 12th August 1966

Radio Times article, Sunday 4th September 1966
(Above) Radio Times, 3rd - 9th September 1966

Radio Times listing and Bruce Angrave illustration, Sunday 18th September 1966
(Above) Radio Times, 17th - 23rd September 1966

Nice to see ya! (1972)

Bruce Forsyth on the cover of Radio Times in 1972 for The Generation Game
The year is 1972 and Bruce Forsyth finds himself gracing the front cover of the Radio Times for the Generation Game.

Pool of London (1950)

Basil Dearden's paean to London docklands in the 1950s is as enchanting and as murky as the river: a noir-ish heist tale, liberally suffused with a fable of forbidden love and unrestrained passion. The heist element of Pool of London (1951) is well crafted and suspenseful, but the most striking aspect is Dearden's tentative venture into racial politics, with the first interracial relationship in a British film.
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Merchant seaman Johnny (Earl Cameron) is racially abused almost as soon as he sets foot on dry land by a doorman, who with unflinching disdain tells him to "hop it". Visibly shaken but without protest Johnny is about to leave when the ticket seller Pat (Susan Shaw), comes to his aid. She offers words of comfort, but only brash American Dan (Bonar Colleano) actually challenges the racist. The wonder here is why Johnny cannot defend himself. Later, Pat and Johnny go dancing, where Maisie (Moira Lister), Dan's girlfriend, refers to Johnny as 'dirty'. Again Johnny flees. Johnny's willingness to allow Dan to defend him is perhaps of his time, but a key aspect of racial politics is a rejection of the notion that a black man's justice can only be exacted through the patronage of conscientious white men. In reality, Johnny would not be able to avoid the issue forever.
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Eventually Johnny arrives at the only standpoint where wholesale avoidance of confrontation through racism is tenable: he adopts the refuge of the outcast and the solace of the misunderstood. He speaks of not belonging and the question here perhaps is why this should be so.

Dearden works within the taboos. Johnny and Pat show all the signs of a couple falling in love, but physical contact is minimal and a romantic clinch would have been out of the question. Social mores of the day dictated that their passion should never be fulfilled.

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Earl Cameron, in his first film role, demonstrates a remarkable range. From misunderstood outsider, to would be lover and drunken brawler. It is an extraordinarily affecting performance, arguably his finest. Nine years later Dearden revisited the issue of interracial relationships with the controversial and deeply disturbing Sapphire (1959), in which Cameron also starred.



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Volume 18, No.206, March 1951, page 229


The Dunbar docks in the Pool of London one Friday evening, and her crew prepare to go ashore. Among them are Dan (Bonar Colleano), who has been making some easy money by smuggling, and Johnny (Earl Cameron) a young Jamaican on his last voyage before going home. Dan visits a music hall to meet his smuggling friends, and agrees for a hundred pounds to carry a mysterious package with him to Amsterdam. Johnny, meanwhile, falls in with the music hall cashier, who is kind to him when the door-man tries to throw him out. On Sunday Dan receives the package-not knowing that it contains the proceeds of a jewel raid, in which the watchman has been killed. When he shows the money to his girl friend, she insists on opening the parcel, and persuades him to keep the diamonds for himself. As Dan is already in trouble with the customs, he gives the parcel to Johnny to take aboard ship for him. Johnny, meanwhile, is falling in love with the cashier, although realising that he means nothing to her. After saying goodbye to her he returns to the ship to find that sailing has been postponed, for the police are aboard, and Dan is being hunted for murder. Johnny goes back, sees Pat with her own friends, and spends the night getting drunk. Dan, on the run, is deserted by his girl friend, but consoled by another girl who promises to wait for him if he will give himself up. Instead, he falls in again with the gang, escapes from them and from the police, but finally changes his mind and comes back, to intercept Johnny, take back the diamonds, and surrender to the police.

Pool of London is closely modelled on Dearden's earlier picture, The Blue Lamp, telling the same sort of melodramatic crime story in a realistic setting-the river landmarks, the workings of customs officers and river police. A third element is provided by the abortive love of the coloured sailor for the London girl. The mixture has not fused into a whole. The central theme advances in a curiously jerky and disorganised manner; the excitement which the story does not sustain is occasionally whipped up by artificial means - such as the crime itself, and the capture of the crooks - but this tends to produce only the effect of a series of anti-climaxes resulting in a lack of co-ordination and of rhythm. Tension, too is dissipated in pleasant but meaning-less shots of the river scenery, and in ineffectual scenes between the Negro and the girl.

This, which distracts attention from the main story, is the film's least successful element. The relationship is treated as an interlude which can have no outcome, but is not handled with that feeling or sympathy which would justify its part in the film. This is due in part to the inadequacy of the players (Earl Cameron suggests a pleasant personality, but is clearly an inexperienced actor), but more to that of the director. Dearden handles the scenes of violence in a craftsmanlike if rather contrived and artificial manner, but tenderness and feeling escape him. Pool of London has the elements of an average melodrama, but they are never satisfactorily brought together, and the result is a diffuse film, lacking shape and control.

The Monthly Film Bulletin was published by the British Film Institute between 1934 and 1991. Initially aimed at distributors and exhibitors as well as filmgoers, it carried reviews and details of all UK film releases. In 1991, the Bulletin was absorbed by Sight and Sound magazine.

Pool of London - 27 x 40 Movie Poster - Style A
Pool of London
Directed byBasil Dearden
Produced byMichael Balcon
Michael Relph (associate producer)
Written byJohn Eldridge
Jack Whittingham
StarringBonar Colleano
Earl Cameron
Susan Shaw
Music byJohn Addison
CinematographyGordon Dines
Editing byPeter Tanner
Release date(s)1951
Running time85 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom