Category Archives: Film

Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 1Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 2
Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 3Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 4
Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 5Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 6
Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 7Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 8
Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 9Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 10

George Briggs’s story of the oleander tree on International Picnic Day.

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Leave not the mansion so long tenantless,
Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall
And leave no memory of what it was!
The Two Gentlemen of Verona



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





Why Clarissa rejected Peter…


Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: Sarah Badel: Peter and Sally's reunion 1Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: Sarah Badel: Peter and Sally's reunion 2
Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: Sarah Badel: Peter and Sally's reunion 3Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: Sarah Badel: Peter and Sally's reunion 4
Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: Sarah Badel: Peter and Sally's reunion 5Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: Sarah Badel: Peter and Sally's reunion 6
Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: Sarah Badel: Peter and Sally's reunion 7Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: Sarah Badel: Peter and Sally's reunion 8
Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: Sarah Badel: Peter and Sally's reunion 9Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: Sarah Badel: Peter and Sally's reunion 10
Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: Sarah Badel: Peter and Sally's reunion 11

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.

The Russia House: Michael Kitchen drinking coffee

Foyle's War: High Castle: Michael Kitchen drinking coffee


The Last Contract: Michael Kitchen drinking coffee
The Guilty: Michael Kitchen: Caroline Catz: drinking coffee 1The Guilty: Michael Kitchen: Caroline Catz: drinking coffee 2
The Guilty: Michael Kitchen: Caroline Catz: drinking coffee 3The Guilty: Michael Kitchen: Caroline Catz: drinking coffee 4

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.


Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Andrew's letter
Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Andrew's letter 3
Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Andrew's letter 4
Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Andrew's letter 5
Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Andrew's letter 6
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Barbara's letter
Foyle's War: Casualties of War: Michael Kitchen: goddaughter's letter 1Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: goddaughter's letter 2
Oliver Twist: Michael Kitchen: reading letter
The Hanging Gale: Michael Kitchen: reading letter
The Misanthrope: Michael Kitchen: reading letter
Mrs Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: reading letter

Falling: Michael Kitchen: reading letter 1Falling: Michael Kitchen: reading letter 1
Falling: Michael Kitchen: writing letter

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 MI6Community.com 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.

GoldenEye: James Bond: Bill Tanner: Michael Kitchen head turn



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. 🙄


Out of Africa: Michael Kitchen: Meryl Streep: Robert Redford: strolling in deleted scene 1
Out of Africa: Michael Kitchen: Meryl Streep: Robert Redford: strolling in deleted scene 2

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 longitudebooks.com:

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…

Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: dejected Peter 1
Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: dejected Peter 2
Mrs. Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: dejected Peter 3

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”, movieviral.com

LOL


Out of Africa: Michael Kitchen: Meryl Streep: veranda scene 1
Out of Africa: Michael Kitchen: Meryl Streep: veranda scene 2
Out of Africa: Michael Kitchen: Meryl Streep: veranda scene 3
Out of Africa: Michael Kitchen: Meryl Streep: veranda scene 4
Out of Africa: Michael Kitchen: Meryl Streep: veranda scene 5
Out of Africa: Michael Kitchen: Meryl Streep: veranda scene 6
Out of Africa: Michael Kitchen: Meryl Streep: veranda scene 7
Out of Africa: Michael Kitchen: Meryl Streep: veranda scene 8

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.