R.I.P Sir Christopher Lee

I don’t want anyone to think that my writing this post is some sort of come-back special, I always said that when Sir Christopher Lee died I wanted to write the obituary. This is the day that I have been dreading since I first became aware of the work of one of the finest, most brilliant, most fascinating actors in British history; Sir Christopher Lee. While I can’t help but be saddened by the passing of such a great man, the grief so many people must feel right now surely can’t help but be softened by the awareness of the remarkable life that Sir Christopher led. This is a man that served as a real life James Bond during WW2, told Peter Jackson how a man reacts when he is stabbed in the back because he had done it himself, released several heavy metal albums, was fluent in English, Italian, French, Spanish and German, moderately proficient in Swedish, Russian and Greek and conversational in Mandarin Chinese. He was an expert fencer and taught Oliver Reed how to fence, was a stunt driver in The Man with The Golden Gun, was once one of the tallest working actors at 6’5, appeared in almost 300 films, he was a direct descendant of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and a distant descendant of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, his mother was a countess, he was married to a Swedish model for over 50 years, the only member of the Lord of the Rings tilogy cast to have met Tolkien, Ian Fleming’s cousin and was one of the most iconic figures of British film let alone horror.

The really impressive thing about Sir Christopher Lee is that he never stopped acting, despite age and bouts of ill health. Regardless of the fact he was typecast as a horror actor, he had exceptional comedic talent, having been considered for Leslie Nielsen role in Airplane and having a really pretty awesome cameo role in the otherwise forgettable Burke and Hare  He was the most memorable part of any film he was in, I will miss him and my thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time.

R.I.P Sir Christopher Lee

1922-2015

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Time To Go

It is with immense regret that I announce my departure from the site to which I have given so much of my time and effort. Despite numerous comings and goings I have essentially worked on Those Guys That Review Stuff.com for the entirety of its existence, four years this May, and like to think that my constant labors have resulted in much progress and development. However, due to personal circumstances completely outside my control I have decided to call time on my role here as Deputy Head Writer. I can only hope that I will be remembered by the select few whose existence holds any real meaning to me as a competent and hard-working Deputy Head, a loyal and innovative team member and a half-decent writer. I have no doubt that That Other Guy will be filling my shoes after carefully removing them from my bloated, rotting corpse; heavily mutilated by the occasional malicious passer-by, and I wish him all the luck in the world (not that he needs it). I may well return one day but until then I’m afraid I have to say goodnight you loathsome, sycophantic whores.

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Benny4700’s Opinion’s on: The 2015 General Election

The upcoming election is a major event in my lifetime as it will be the first time I will be able to vote. As is tradition on this site, I want to share my brief views with you regarding each party and give some insight into who I’m considering voting for.

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Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (2007-2014)

Of all popular British chefs, Gordon Ramsay is perhaps the best suited to modern day TV, despite the fact he doesn’t have Nigella Lawson’s sex appeal or Jaime Oliver’s childlike passion or Anthony Worrall Thompson’s…um…talent for shoplifting? I think the answer to Ramsay’s recent popularity is twofold; his passion is infectious and he swears so much that he’s practically turned the word cunt into a catchphrase. Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA is perhaps the main example of Ramsay’s popularity and one that I’ve watched with the aggressive vigor of a recovering heroin addict discovering cocaine.

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Time Commanders (2003-2005)

I have been a huge history nerd for as long as I can remember, to the point where there was a time when I actually wanted to be a historian and was the first idea of a career that really stuck with me; before then my ambitious tended to fluctuate, on Monday I wanted to be a dentist but on Friday I wanted to be an Armenian tax inspector. Because of my interest in history, I gorged myself on documentaries and books but there was one show that I really liked and sometimes watch today.

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Benny4700’s Opinion On: British Soaps

Soaps tend to be right at the bottom of the TV drama shaped barrel. Despite the fact that millions of people watch them almost everyday and many have been airing for decades, there is still a lot of snobbery when it comes to considering the quality of soaps. I should probably elaborate on exactly what shows I’m talking about here. Originally, the ‘big three’ were considered to be Emmerdale (1972-present), Coronation Street (1960-present) and Eastenders (1985-present) but in recent years Hollyoaks (1995-present) and Doctors (2000-present) have joined the fray. All of these shows have received criticism from many for being overrated, poorly acted and using overthetop plots that never occur in real life. This criticism is unjust, I’m not an avid soap watcher but I know enough to say that soaps are actually really important and well made.

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Born to Kill (2005-Present)

I’ve briefly touched upon my feelings about Born to Kill in my previous post but, seeing as it is arguably one of my favourite tv shows of all time, I felt I ought to give it a post of its own. While I do love the series, there are some issues, so this won’t be one of those times where I gush about how brilliant and infallible something is without mentioning any of the flaws others have been pointing out for years. I’m not the Catholic Church #satire #athiestbants #hashtag #i’llstopnow.

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