Richard Kiel dead

At 7′ 2″, Richard Kiel was legitimately one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, and as a result he fought hard to avoid being typecast. The actor appeared in one of the most notable pieces of early televised science fiction, the Twilight Zone episode ‘To Serve Man,’ but will be forever known as Jaws, the steel-grilled henchman who menaced James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. At St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA,¬†Richard Kiel died on Wednesday September 10, at age 74.¬† Read More »

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Fan Fest takes place at the London Film Museum (on Google Maps) this Saturday and Sunday, the 24th and 25th April. The official website describes it as “The Ultimate Spy and Sci-Fi Event” and an “Action & Entertainment Weekender For All the Family”. I can also tell you that it’s going to be the single biggest gathering of James Bond alumni under one roof, as well a showcase for costumes and props from a wealth of beloved genre films, with a little bit of bias towards films made in Britain.

As well as the exhibits and signing sessions, the weekend will also feature a full timetable of onstage Q&A sessions with such geek luminaries as Ray Harryhausen, Avatar’s Stephen Lang and more Bond Girls and Guys than you could shake (not stir) a stick at. In true Q&A tradition, audience members will have a chance to ask their own questions after a bit of warm-up by the chair.

I’m lucky enough to be hosting Sunday afternoon’s Q&As . Here’s who I’m going to be speaking to:

2.30 Stephen LangAvatar‘s Colonel Quaritch
3.00 Richard Kiel and Blanche Ravalec - James Bond’s Jaws and Dolly
3.30 Eunice Gayson and Madeline Smith – the first Bond Girls to Connery and Moore respectively

Tickets will be available on the door, though there are a limited number of seats in the debating chamber so I would recommend booking early. There’s a lot of interesting folk appearing over the weekend and it’s not every day we see them interviewed, much less taking questions from fans.

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