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  • Talisant
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    Originally posted by Anonymous
    Originally posted by Michael Moorcock
    Yes, Shaky Mo was a later addition (actually first entered the Cornelius canon via M.John Harrison who based him on a friend of his). Shades was the character from The Final Programme, certainly from the first edition and I don't remember making any changes in The Cornelius Quartet.
    Must be getting a bit addled, thanks for the clarification! :)
    Case in point, I keep forgetting to log-in. Cheers.

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    Originally posted by Michael Moorcock
    Yes, Shaky Mo was a later addition (actually first entered the Cornelius canon via M.John Harrison who based him on a friend of his). Shades was the character from The Final Programme, certainly from the first edition and I don't remember making any changes in The Cornelius Quartet.
    Must be getting a bit addled, thanks for the clarification! :)

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  • CandyFlossCow
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    Originally posted by Michael Moorcock
    Yes, Shaky Mo was a later addition (actually first entered the Cornelius canon via M.John Harrison who based him on a friend of his). Shades was the character from The Final Programme, certainly from the first edition and I don't remember making any changes in The Cornelius Quartet.
    He's still there in The Cornelius Quartet. The chap who plays Shades in the film is Ronal Lacey (link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0479951/ ), who was the horrific Bishop of Bath and Wells in Blackadder II (a Beesley-esque fellow) :)

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  • Michael Moorcock
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    Yes, Shaky Mo was a later addition (actually first entered the Cornelius canon via M.John Harrison who based him on a friend of his). Shades was the character from The Final Programme, certainly from the first edition and I don't remember making any changes in The Cornelius Quartet.

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  • xidrep
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    Possibly some blending in the film...? He's called Shades by Finch, in the club (The Friendly Bum, I assume). There are a few character alterations, as there should be in a good film :)

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  • Talisant
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    Originally posted by Michael Moorcock
    Hugh Griffith was one of the stars of the relatively late The Tichfield Thunderbolt. And played Squire in Tom Jones
    Missed the Tichfield Thunderbolt, sounds fun, and OF COURSE from
    Tom Jones, I'd forgotten.

    Perdix, I'm with you on this, Ronald Lacey really was great, but a question, I thought I remembered him as Shakey Mo, but he's credited as Shades, same character different name?

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  • xidrep
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    It is a great little movie, really: it grew on me with a couple of watchings (I have the time, as friends often hide behind the sofa when I call). Even with Fuest as a worm i' th' bud. The DVD reviews on Amazon are excellent, BTW. And Ronald Lacey was just brilliant...

    PS. For more Finch-related fun, I can recommend the atmospheric and oh-so-of-its-moment-and-milieu (Granada TV, late 80s) 'The Mazarin Stone' (from the Brett Holmes series). He gets to camp it up as Count Negretto Silvius. It's a treat: watch out for:
    'Continue to dog me if it amuses you; - don't amuse me' with the perfect use of 'general Latinesque Foreigner' word-dropping. Genius. Wonder what he's doing now...

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  • Michael Moorcock
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    Hugh Griffith was always one of my favourite character actors, a mainstay of British post-war movies, including some Ealing comedies, as I recall. Certainly he was one of the stars of the relatively late The Tichfield Thunderbolt. And played Squire in Tom Jones, as fine and memorable a role as Louis XVI. That movie had so many good actors in it, such good producers and such a crap director. Most of the best lines in the end were actually made up by the actors and credited to the director after I had my name taken off the credits! I suspect the line quoted was probably the actor's. After getting together with me and realising it was meant to be a sardonic comedy, the actors came up trumps, including Jon Finch with 'Miss Brunner -- I'm LOSING!' And
    Sandy (Mrs Peter Davidson)'s line 'Jesus, sir, I don't know what bank it's from' and that whole exchange about wine ('Industrial waste from the Bordeaux region of France' or something like that). With some decent plot dynamics (as supplied by me at the producer's request but dumped by the director) that would have been a great little movie. Oi!

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  • CandyFlossCow
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    Originally posted by Perdix
    Isn't it ..."It's just a bloody black Queen", CFC?
    Cripes, it's self-censorship, I confess, and I didn't even realise

    "Now let that be a lesson to you!" :)

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  • Talisant
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    Originally posted by Perdix
    PS. The chap that played Prof Hira was also in Quatermass II (BBC version) I think; What is his name...?
    Hugh Griffith (but I had to look it up) also remembered him as Louis XVI in Start the Revolution Without Me.

    While scouting out grad schools in the '70s I got the business discount by signing in at a couple of hotels as an employee of the Guild of Temporal Explorers (didn't think that Adventurers had enough of a "professional" ring to it).

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  • DiGiMac
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    Originally posted by Perdix
    Mat Irvine? He did Blake's Seven, didn't he?
    There were a couple of the cast at the convention too, but Mat was the most interesting. There were also some models and props on display.

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  • DeeCrowSeer
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    Originally posted by DiGiMac
    I'd written "J.Cornelius" on my name badge (I was 18 OK ?)
    I attended a con once, wearing a badge which read "Billy the Badge"... because they'd asked for my "badge name", and I thought that would be hilarious. And it was.

    ( :oops: )

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  • xidrep
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    PS. The chap that played Prof Hira was also in Quatermass II (BBC version) I think; played a chap called Leo who ended up zipping off into space after inadvisedly firing a gun on an asteroid. Poor fellow. What is his name...?

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  • Talisant
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    Originally posted by Anonymous
    Originally posted by DiGiMac
    I've got one of those press programmes...scanned the cover a while back. It's in the...
    Thanks DiGiMac, looks great. :up:

    Originally posted by Perdix
    Isn't it ..."It's just a bloody black Queen", CFC?
    Jeez, thanks alot, now I'm gonna have to dig through a room full of video boxes. :)
    This post was mine, up, but not awake yet.

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    Originally posted by DiGiMac
    I've got one of those press programmes...scanned the cover a while back. It's in the...
    Thanks DiGiMac, looks great. :up:

    Originally posted by Perdix
    Isn't it ..."It's just a bloody black Queen", CFC?
    Jeez, thanks alot, now I'm gonna have to dig through a room full of video boxes. :)

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