Category Archives: Film


Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen head turn 1
Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen head turn 2

Why Clarissa rejected Peter…

Analysis of Peter’s Knife in Mrs. Dalloway

If The Last Contract were set in 1920’s London.

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

michael kitchen drinking coffee the russia house

michael kitchen drinking coffee foyle's war high castle

The letter Annie Lennox received reminds me of Michael Kitchen’s infamous coffee shop encounter that was so amusingly recounted by Honeysuckle Weeks for the Daily Mail:

Our intelligence agencies and their partners must be having one heck of a day thanks to the loose cannon occupying the White House.

[Trump] is thus the all-time record-holder of the Dunning-Kruger effect, the phenomenon in which the incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence. – “When the World is Led by a Child“, David Brooks.

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.

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”,


Michael Kitchen Meryl Streep Out of Africa veranda scene 1
Michael Kitchen Meryl Streep Out of Africa veranda scene 2
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Of Michael Kitchen’s Berkeley Cole Michael Wolff writes in his funny and irreverent review of Out of Africa:

Finch Hatton’s best friend (sort of a Jiminy Cricket to Redford’s Pinocchio) . . . a very watchable illustration of tragic British charm.

Now the door opened, and in came — for a single second she could not remember what he was called! so surprised she was to see him, so glad, so shy, so utterly taken aback to have Peter Walsh come to her unexpectedly in the morning!

Now of course, thought Clarissa, he’s enchanting! perfectly enchanting! Now I remember how impossible it was ever to make up my mind — and why did I make up my mind — not to marry him? she wondered, that awful summer?

Mrs. Dalloway Michael Kitchen eyes

“I often wish I’d got on better with your father,” he said.

“But he never liked any one who — our friends,” said Clarissa; and could have bitten her tongue for thus reminding Peter that he had wanted to marry her.

Of course I did, thought Peter; it almost broke my heart too, he thought; and was overcome with his own grief, which rose like a moon looked at from a terrace, ghastly beautiful with light from the sunken day. I was more unhappy than I’ve ever been since, he thought.

Mrs. Dalloway Michael Kitchen smile

“In love,” he repeated, now speaking rather dryly to Clarissa Dalloway; “in love with a girl in India.”

— and then to his utter surprise, suddenly thrown by those uncontrollable forces thrown through the air, he burst into tears; wept; wept without the least shame, sitting on the sofa, the tears running down his cheeks.

…all in a clap it came over her, If I had married him, this gaiety would have been mine all day!

Excerpted passages from Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway corresponding to this scene in which Peter Walsh returns from India and visits the woman who broke his heart three decades earlier. 

“Peter Walsh is one of the most self-aware failures in world literature.” –