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  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,583MI6 Agent

    I'm a fan of Paul McCartney and Wings though wasn't really familiar with that guitarist's name. I did once briefly meet former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough in a second hand bookshop though which was nice. Sadly he suffered a stroke shortly after that and was unwell for a good few years until his death. McCullough played the guitar on LALD and did the famous guitar solo on the Wings song "My Love".

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Saddened to hear about Denny Laine, RIP.

    Wow Silhouette Man, meeting McCullough that is impressive - I absolutely adore that solo on My Love.

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Benjamin Zephaniah, writer and poet has died aged 65, RIP.

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,583MI6 Agent
    edited December 2023

    It was nice to meet him, however briefly. I can't remember if I introduced myself (probably not) but I knew him immediately. He grew up and lived not too far from me and the bookshop owner was a good friend of his. He's the only Bond alumni I've ever met in person. I have corresponded with the likes of John Gardner and Raymond Benson but never met them sadly. It is indeed a great guitar solo and Henry McCullough features in the official music video too:

    Paul McCartney & Wings - My Love (Official Music Video) - YouTube

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Thanks Silhouette Man, he was a great one to meet for sure!

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,583MI6 Agent

    Yes, he certainly was. Quite the legend! 🙂

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Ryan O’Neil star of Love Story and Barry Lyndon has died aged 82, RIP

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Shirley Anne Field of Alfie, The Entertainer and My Beautiful Launderette amongst others has passed away aged 87, RIP

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Tom Wilkinson who starred in The Full Monty, The Patriot and Michael Clayton amongst others has sadly died aged 75, RIP

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • HarryCanyonHarryCanyon Posts: 123MI6 Agent

    Really sad about Tom Wilkinson passing. He was one of those great, dependable, amazing actors who was frequently the best part of any film that he was in. Him being in a film was usually a really good 'stamp of quality' for me.

  • Sir Hillary BraySir Hillary Bray College of ArmsPosts: 2,174MI6 Agent

    Tom Wilkinson — Nooooooo!!!!

    One of my all-time favorite actors. He, Don Cheadle and Viola Davis are, for me, the only actors who steal every single film they are in.

    Watch “In The Bedroom”. Watch “Shakespeare In Love”. Watch “Duplicity”. Most of all, watch “Michael Clayton”. You literally cannot take your eyes off the man.

    More than the huge stars, it’s people like him who make films a wonderful experience.

    RIP.

    Hilly...you old devil!
  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 10,198MI6 Agent

    Usually BBC News 24 will show the highlights of the year in its annual review around this time, including those we have lost, so to speak.

    It isn't showing it at all as far as I can see, but this wonderfully arranged package is on BBC iPlayer:

    It's a bit arbitrary but mostly none the worse for that. Quite a few passed on this year, I thought we'd got off lightly but no.

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 35,974Chief of Staff

    I won't be watching, these things can be depressing.

  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 10,198MI6 Agent

    Glynis Johns has died, aged 100 - not a bad age at all!

    Famous for Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins, not shown over Christmas. Her other work has popped up on Talking Pictures TV of late.

    When you reflect, it's amazing that until now we had Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and her all still alive - though I think the young boy died in tragic circumstances as a young man, didn't he?

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • HarryCanyonHarryCanyon Posts: 123MI6 Agent

    Saw that. Glynis will forever by Kevin Spacey's mother from THE REF for me.

    Very, very funny movie.

  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    David Soul has died aged 80, RIP.

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 21,623MI6 Agent
    edited January 6

    Mike Sadler, the last survivor of both the WWII Long Range Desert Group and the L Detatchment of the SAS, died aged 103. After the war he had a career in the MI6. RIP



  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Franz Beckenbauer has died aged 78, RIP.

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  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Composer of The Avengers theme, amongst many others, Laurie Johnson, has died aged 96 RIP.

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Just heard the sad news that Carl Weathers, AKA Apollo Creed has died aged 76, RIP.

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Ian Lavender best known as Private Pike (“Don’t tell him Pike!”) in Dad’s Army has died aged 77, RIP.

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 3,094MI6 Agent

    Some real legends of the screen leaving us..😪

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Also just learned that actor Michael Jayston has died aged 88, RIP.

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,583MI6 Agent

    Sad to hear of the death of the second radio James Bond, Michael Jayston (YOLT, BBC Radio 4, 1990). He was also great in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tales of the Unexpected and in many other roles:

    Michael Jayston: Dr Who and Only Fools and Horses star dies aged 88 | Evening Standard

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,583MI6 Agent

    Also sad to hear of the death of the composer Steve Brown, aged 66, better known as the bandleader Glenn Ponder in Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1994):

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13045955/steve-brown-dead-steve-coogan-lenny-henry.html


    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Sad to hear that Alec Mills has passed away, RIP.

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,336MI6 Agent

    Radio DJ Steve Wright has passed away aged 69, a fixture on Radio 1 when I was growing up, latterly on Radio 2, RIP.

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 3,094MI6 Agent

    So sad. Such a distinctive voice and absolutely brilliant DJ. RIP, Steve.

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 10,198MI6 Agent

    Yes, that is sad. He and his posse were a great deal of fun - I remember the guy who used to imitate David Bowie and Mick Jagger. 'Can you tell me what the time is?!' Wright had a very amiable, friendly voice.

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,583MI6 Agent

    Sad to hear of the death of the Bond film cinematographer Alec Mills, aged 91. Another behind the scenes Bond film legend gone. 😢

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
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