Goodbye, Mr. Foyle.
John Donne said, “No man is an island, entire of itself.” but, I’d argue, that Foyle comes as close to proving him wrong as any fictional character and MK played that perfectly.
This is inspired. Thank you for sharing, KT. In light of your comment, I particularly got a kick out of this New Yorker cartoon. →
Mary McNamara of the LA Times makes “a case for an Emmy (or more) for Foyle’s War“:
Created and written almost entirely by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, “Foyle’s War” is the Mona Lisa of television: small, quiet, utterly hypnotic and mysteriously perfect.
A small and often silent man, as kind as he is morally rigorous, Foyle stands guard over basic humanity as the whirlwind of war and modernity threatens to uproot the good with the bad. Year after year, he has been brought to vivid vibrant life by Kitchen, an actor of rare and controlled brilliance. Each season, he gave the performance of a hundred lifetimes while appearing to do little more than shrug off his coat, bite his lip and refuse endless offers of tea.
…the final episode of the series, “Elise,” is what the American-based Acorn TV, which has co-produced the series since its return, will submit in all the relevant television movie categories — some of which it better win, despite the low-key nature of its radiance and, perhaps more significant, the famous long-standing refusal of its leading man to do any publicity.
Neither should matter at all if the awards are truly about excellence.
Kivrin has written a lovely Foyle vignette that picks up after this final scene.
Samantha Stewart already called it a bleak midwinter, and it looks even bleaker when the usually-indefatigable DCS Foyle falls ill. But Sam, the Foyle family, and Sgt. Milner find the fires of affection – familial, friendly, and even romantic – can indeed burn brighter through the cold.
Sam Stewart/Andrew Foyle romance.
Approximately 29,000 words.
Read on Fanfiction dot net (broken into three chapters)
Read on Archive of Our Own (single page, easy downloads in PDF, EPUB or MOBI formats)
[Image information: The background is from “Snowy Field” by Stockproject1 on Deviantart; the portraits are from screenshots by grande-caps on Livejournal and by lostintimegraphics.com.]
Loved this. Thanks for writing it.
Thanks so much for reposting my fic post! I’m very glad you liked the story. I’ve been enjoying your tumblr so very much.
My pleasure. Your story was a joy to read and fills a gaping hole in FW fan fiction for those like myself who would have liked Sam and Andrew to end up together. You did such a wonderful job capturing and incorporating all the key characters as well as referencing so many details from the show. I’m glad you posted a link on tumblr as I would have missed out otherwise, since I don’t frequent the Foyle/Sam-centric fanfic arena for FW.
Very pleased to know that you enjoy my blog.
I have just read this – really enjoyed it. Thanks for putting it on your site. I am not into the Fan Fiction of Foyle/Sam either. I would have liked to see Andrew and Sam get back together but not to be.
I often wonder whether or not Andrew and Sam would have stayed together if JO had been more available after S3.
Dashing Berkeley Cole to the rescue. His efforts are for nought, however, as Karen Blixen ignores his pleas and resumes her dangerous expedition to bring supplies to her husband.
(If you’re a fan of MK’s Berkeley Cole and haven’t read “I Promise” by dancesabove, I’d recommend it. M-rated, alas, but a beautifully written story that fleshes out every nuance of the Berkeley and Karen we see in the film.)
And I was looking at Robert Redford throughout. What was I thinking!
Perfectly understandable. RR was a gorgeous superstar then, and like MK in his later 40’s, he still had ample power to seduce.
Oh Lordy! Have this man washed and sent to my tent. Actually, don’t bother I’ll take him Hot, Sweaty and Grubby and lick him clean. :p
Quite swept away by Wolesley’s Boxing Day, so I needed to do this. The story rivals my favorite Barbara/Foyle fanfic, “They Didn’t Fight in the Fielding”, by Kelly Chambliss.
Not QUITE the position they were in in Chapter 5, as I recall….
Just noticed the M version of that chapter is up. Afraid to look…
While we’re on the topic of fanfic, I’d just like to mention how thrilled I was to discover that MyMadness at fanfiction.net has written a beautifully evocative piece called Yes, I Will that continues the story of Greg and Marcey in Alibi. What a gift for fans of Alibi.
Foyle contemplates his future. What will Series 9 bring?
Already sorted out in the FW fandom (MK Forum q.v.). But then of course there’s canon.
Not a member, so haven’t read. I’m afraid I’m not interested in straying too far from canon, especially where the relationship between Foyle and Sam is concerned.
That’s okay. It’s just I remembered your last post of this sequence.
Yes, I was referring then to the discussion on the MK forum about Foyle returning to Hastings and starting a private detective business with Sam and Andrew assisting. I would be all for that, but after reading MK’s recent interview, I suppose that’s the last thing he would want.
I agree about not straying too far. A relationship for CF would be okay, even if it’s just the return of James. Just don’t see the CF/Sam relationship at all. Why doesn’t fanfic write those stories?
The relationship between James and CF does seem rife with possibilities. Browsing the summaries on fanfiction.net, I recall seeing only a few FW related works that didn’t focus on the CF/Sam ship.
Here’s one such – http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9723552/1/FW-1941-Boxing-Day
That’s new since I last looked. Will definitely check it out. Thanks.
abjectadmirer said: If he reads any of the fanfic, no wonder.
Imagine if he did – late at night when no one’s looking. : )
In a rare moment of weakness, Foyle can’t pass up the chance to try out Captain Keiffer’s state-of-the-art fishing pole. It’s not often that Foyle allows others to get their way with him.
Loved these scenes. I need some Foyle slash fiction stat. Yeah, I said it. Something that involves lots of good American bourbon, a jazz club in NYC and post-war discussion of trauma, regrets, apologies and good solid “reconciliation.”