Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May Debrief

Cripes. It's been a long time since I posted anything here at the Channel except for those DVD reviews that I actually wrote for my DVD Late Show site. Sad (and rather obvious), isn't it?

Anyway, lots of the things have happened lately that I should write about here, like the passing of Peter O' Donnell, creator of the legendary comic strip Modesty Blaise, who died on May 3rd, just a week after his 90th birthday.

He’s best known for creating the classic newspaper strip Modesty Blaise with artist Jim Holdaway. The strip appeared in the London newspaper, The Evening Standard, beginning in 1963 and chronicled daily the adventures of the seductive adventuress for nearly forty years. In 1966, O'Donnell sold the rights to a feature film and wrote the screenplay. The producers changed the script much though, that, in frustration, O'Donnell turned his script into a novel. It was a huge success and led to a dozen or so Blaise novels and a couple of short story collections. The movie, starring Monica Vitti and Terrence Stamp is something of a mess (though still kinda fun to watch), but the novel is a great adventure story. I only have about half of the books, and I'm always on the lookout for more.

R.I.P. Mister O'Donnell. You had a great run.

Over at Tanner's Double-O Section, he's a several days into a OSS 117 Week, looking at the cinematic legacy of author Jean Bruce's incredibly long-running spy hero, Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, from the original films from the 50s and 60s to the modern spoofs starring Jean Dujardin. The second of these, OSS 117: Lost In Rio is getting some theatrical play in limited markets, and Tanner's got the scoop. You really have to check it out.

I've actually got part of a review written for the OSS 117 film, Murder For Sale, starring John Gavin. I really need to finish that soon.

Over at Mister 8, Armstrong Sabian's got a fun "tournament of secret agenting" going on, pitting the most legendary fictional spies of literature and cinema against each other. Drop by and cast your votes!

More soon....