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Jeff Bridges, Ray Skelton & Endeavour

June 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Three oddly varied topics for today’s post, united only by the fact that I read about them all on the way into work today…. The Metro being surprisingly interesting for once…

Jeff Bridges has to be one of the finest actors in the world. Just a quick look at a list of some of his films gives you an idea of how good this man is at pretending to be other people… The Big Lebowski, Tron, Iron Man, True Grit, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Starman, The Fisher King, KPax, The Men who stare at Goats, Arlington Road, Crazy Heart……

Anyway apart from an excuse to include a picture of His Dudeness from one of my all time, top 5 films, the reason for this post is that there is a retrospective of the great man on at the BFI on the Southbank, so I will try and remember to organise getting to one or two of those. Especially as there are a number of the less well known films like the thrillers Cutters Way and Winter Kills and from 1971, The Last Picture Show with a very fresh faced Mr. Bridges, looking belive it or not, even younger than his CGI “avatar” in Tron: Legacy.

I also learned that Ray Skelton, the voice of Zippy and George from Rainbow died yesterday aged 79.

Like most people I suspect, I didn’t know his name, but being of a certain age (i.e. the wrong side of 40) I grew up with Rainbow and will always have a soft spot for this rather silly show with its overly large glove puppets, a man in a full size bear suit, singalongs with Rod, Jane & Freddie and of course the inimitable Geoffrey….

But even more cool than being the voice of Zippy and George (if that’s possible) and something I didn’t know until this morning, was that Roy was also the voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen… queue loud shouting of “Exterminate, Exterminate…” I have to be honest though, I can’t remember what the Cybermen sounded like, but I’m sure Roy made them sound scary too…

And lastly a photo of the final Endeavour flight which I think speaks for itself .. I wrote about the end of the shuttle missions recently and this beautiful and elegant image of the Endeavour docked at the International Space Station during it’s final flight only a few days ago, is a fitting tribute to the programme.

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