Category Archives: Film

Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) impresses Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Hugh Perceval (Michael Kitchen) with his resourcefulness in securing a rental house for Marilyn Monroe during her stay in England while filming The Prince and the Showgirl.

(Just like Michael Kitchen’s parents, Eddie Redmayne’s parents urged him to become a lawyer instead of an actor. Fortunately, the acting bug prevailed for both young men.)

National Letter Writing Day

A spoof ad featuring voice impressions of all six James Bonds plus Michael Caine, Edward Fox, and Michael Kitchen. 🙂

Found the ad posted on the forum where another member posted about meeting Michael Kitchen:

Michael Kitchen lived very close to where I grew up in the UK. I was awestruck when he visited my fathers farm one day on business. He was incredibly nice and signed my making of Goldeneye book for me. He did seem genuinely shocked to be recognised. This was before he become more well known in Foyles War.

Michael Kitchen visiting your family’s farm? How does one get so lucky?!

Seems that whenever I come across a mention of Michael Kitchen in the Bond franchise, there is agreement that he was a brilliant Tanner. Again from the MI6community forum, a comment that amused me:

Kitchen’s Tanner is the closest we’ve ever seen of the character being properly portrayed…
Now if I worked for MI6 and was sitting around doing bugger all I can imagine Kitchen giving me a bollocking…

A shame Michael Kitchen had only brief appearances in two Bond films.

Poetry in motion.

Enchanted April received Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing, and Best Costume Design in 1993.

An interesting NYTimes article on the 30th anniversary this Sunday of the assassination of Olof Palme. No mention of a handsome hired British hitman. 🙄

Just finished reading Circling the Sun, Paula McLain’s historical novel about the remarkable Beryl Markham. The book makes an interesting companion piece to Out of Africa given Markham’s close friendship with the film’s protagonists.

From an interview with McLain at

I’ve watched Out of Africa so many times, that I had to deliberately shove Meryl Streep out of my head to write Karen Blixen, and Robert Redford out of my head to write Finch Hatton, but Michael Kitchen—who played Berkeley Cole so memorably in the film, wouldn’t leave. I had his face and voice hovering in every scene in which he appears.

Since it’s Virginia Woolf’s birthday today…

steviecat123 said: Oh my, the way his head drops and his eyes close…

And then his entire body drops with his signature knee dip – it’s the picture of dejection.

KT said:

Just love those Mrs Dalloway GIF’s, thank you! So wish GIF’s had sound; Michael Kitchen and Vanessa Redgrave have a similar velvety timbre to their voices – SO attractive.

Yes, gifs with audio would be wonderful.

Latest study finds that several cups of coffee
each day is good for one’s health.

Looks like there’s going to be some intense bidding for this rare item on eBay. Too rich for my blood.

In the wake of the Idris Elba flap and the publication of Trigger Mortis, James Bond pays tribute to Anthony Horowitz and plans a reassessment of Foyle’s War

(tended to send it up as it features BILL TANNER pretending to be a field Policeman code-named MICHAEL KITCHEN; …). But my housekeeper at my Chelsea flat AND M both LOVE it.

“James Bond Gives Anthony Horowitz a Licence to Chill”,