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#141 Post by PHXPhlyer » Mon Jul 11, 2022 7:55 pm

Monty Norman, composer of iconic James Bond theme, dies at 94
Norman most famously composed the score for “Dr. No,” the 1962 James Bond film starring Sean Connery, which would go on to become the theme for the entire franchise.

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Monty Norman, the composer behind the iconic James Bond theme, has died at the age of 94.

A statement posted on his official website said, “It is with sadness we share the news that Monty Norman died on 11th July 2022 after a short illness.”

Norman most famously composed the score for “Dr. No,” the 1962 James Bond film starring Sean Connery. His theme for James Bond, as arranged by fellow Englishman John Barry, would go on to become the theme for the entire franchise.

As Norman said on his site, “We recognized we needed a fresh, contemporary sound for the main theme, and in the up-and-coming young John Barry we found a wonderful arranger, so the whole thing worked very well.”

But controversy erupted decades later when Barry claimed authorship of the theme, resulting in Norman suing the Times of London for libel over a 1997 story (“Theme Tune Wrangle Has 007 Shaken and Stirred”) disputing Norman’s contention that he was the true composer. A jury in London’s High Court ruled in Norman’s favor in 2001, awarding him 30,000 pounds plus court costs. Norman later said he felt vindicated by the decision.

Norman was a former big band singer who turned songwriter in the late 1950s. He enjoyed a West End hit in 1958 with “Irma La Douce,” adapted from an earlier successful French musical. Producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, an investor in Norman’s short-lived 1961 musical “Belle,” called him to accompany the team headed to Jamaica in January 1962 to shoot “Dr. No.”

Norman wrote the songs heard on the “Dr. No” soundtrack, including “Under the Mango Tree,” which Ursula Andress sings as she emerges from the ocean to see Connery for the first time. He also wrote “Kingston Calypso” and “Jump Up” on location. The James Bond Theme would only emerge months later as Norman struggled to write the dramatic score later in London.

As he often later said, he adapted a tune he’d written for an unproduced musical based on V.S. Naipaul’s “A House for Mr. Biswas.” The song “Bad Sign, Good Sign” (which he sang on an album many years later with sitar accompaniment) contained the seeds of the Bond theme.

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#142 Post by PHXPhlyer » Fri Jul 15, 2022 11:33 pm

Ivana Trump’s death ruled accidental by medical examiner

https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/15/politics ... index.html

Ivana Trump, an ex-wife of former President Donald Trump, died of “blunt impact injuries” to the torso, New York City’s medical examiner said Friday.

Trump, a longtime businessperson, died in her home in New York City on Thursday at age 73. She was the mother of Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump.

The New York Police Department had said Thursday there did not “appear to be any criminality” related to her death. According to a statement, police received a 911 call about an “aided individual” at about 12:40 p.m. ET and found a “73 year-old female unconscious and unresponsive.”

The Fire Department of New York said it responded to a report of an individual suffering cardiac arrest at the residence, with the time and place of that response matching the location the NYPD associated with Trump. The fire department said the victim was dead on arrival.

EMS, police said, pronounced Trump dead at the scene.

Raised in communist Czechoslovakia, Ivana Trump partnered with Donald Trump on some of his most prominent real estate projects. The two divorced in 1992 in the aftermath of his tabloid affair with Marla Maples – who later became Donald Trump’s second wife and mother of their daughter, Tiffany.

After the divorce, Ivana Trump married and divorced twice more while maintaining a jet-setting, globe-trotting lifestyle.

Her children on Thursday paid tribute to her business acumen, humor and passion.

Ivanka Trump tweeted that she was “heartbroken by the passing of (her) mother,” adding: “She lived life to the fullest – never forgoing an opportunity to laugh and dance. I will miss her forever and will keep her memory alive in our hearts always.”

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#143 Post by llondel » Sat Jul 16, 2022 3:08 am

Did Epstein push her down the stairs?

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#144 Post by Wodrick » Fri Jul 22, 2022 4:28 pm

Paddy Hopkirk (89) renown rally driver.
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#145 Post by FD2 » Tue Jul 26, 2022 4:25 am


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#146 Post by TheGreenAnger » Tue Jul 26, 2022 12:17 pm

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David Warner, actor.

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He was a very good Shakespearian actor who also appeared in many Hollywood blockbusters, but I will always remember him for his minor role as the loathsome Mr. Blifil in Tom Jones...

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#147 Post by PHXPhlyer » Tue Jul 26, 2022 4:59 pm

Tony Dow, Wally Cleaver from 'Leave It to Beaver,' dies at 77
The actor and director was best known for playing the stalwart older brother to Jerry Mathers’ Beaver Cleaver.

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Tony Dow, the actor and director best known for playing the stalwart older brother Wally Cleaver to Jerry Mathers’ Beaver in the iconic series “Leave It to Beaver,” has died. He was 77.

His official Facebook page posted the announcement on Tuesday.

"It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this morning," the announcement from his management team said.

"Tony was a beautiful soul — kind, compassionate, funny and humble. It was truly a joy to just be around him. His gentle voice and unpretentious manner was immediately comforting and you could not help but love him."

Dow was born in Hollywood and his mother was an early stunt woman and double for Clara Bow. He was a Junior Olympics diving champion, but didn’t have much showbiz experience when he tagged along with a friend and ended up auditioning for and winning the role of Wally.

“Leave it to Beaver” began airing in 1957 and ran until 1963. The popular black-and-white sitcom centered around the typical idealized family of the time, following the adventures of mischievous young Beaver, his practical brother Wally, their devious friend Eddie Haskell, and their long-suffering but understanding parents played by Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont.

The show’s writers, Bob Mosher and Joe Connelly, based the characters on their own children, incorporating such details as Wally’s constant hair-combing they observed in their own teenagers. As the show came to an end, Wally was about to start college while Beaver was ready for high school.

Dow returned in the 1980s for the TV movie “Still the Beaver” and series “The New Leave It to Beaver,” for which he also directed five episodes and wrote one.

He moved into writing, producing and directing while continuing to act, and helmed several episodes of “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Coach,” “Babylon 5,” “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and an episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

After “Leave It to Beaver,” Dow appeared on series including “General Hospital,” “Mr. Novak,” “Never Too Young,” “Lassie,” “Love, American Style,” “Square Pegs” and “The Love Boat,” on which he played himself. He also played himself in the 2003 comedy “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” which featured cameos of dozens of former young actors, and appeared in the John Landis skit comedy feature “The Kentucky Fried Movie.”

Dow battled depression in his 20s, making the self-help video “Beating the Blues” to help others, and later survived two bouts of cancer. He also became a sculptor and started a construction company.

"The world has lost an amazing human being, but we are all richer for the memories that he has left us," the Tuesday announcement said.

"From the warm reminiscences of Wally Cleaver to those of us fortunate enough to know him personally — thank you Tony. And thank you for the reflections of a simpler time, the laughter, the friendship and for the feeling that you were a big brother to us all."

"We will miss you."

He is survived by his wife Lauren and two children.

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#148 Post by Undried Plum » Wed Jul 27, 2022 7:25 pm

British scientist James Lovelock, who devoted his life to the global green movement, has died on his 103rd birthday, his family has said.

His 1960s Gaia theory Earth, from rocks to air, was one huge interconnected and self-regulating system formed the basis of much of climate science.

And he had warned climate change could be a tipping point for the planet.

But his support for nuclear energy and for fracking attracted criticism from other environmentalists.

Working for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) in 1960s, Lovelock had what he called a Eureka moment when he realised living things had a profound impact on the environment around them.

This led to the radical idea everything on Earth, from oceans to every living organism, was a living, connected system.

Some scientists saw the idea as too "new age". But the theory spread and formed the basis of the growing green movement.

Lovelock also revealed chemicals were destroying the ozone layer.

He later became an independent scientist and was driven to reveal the huge threat posed to life by a warming world.

"We're playing a very dangerous game," Lovelock told BBC News in 2020. "It's direct interference with one of the major regulating mechanisms of Gaia."

Met Office Hadley Centre climate-impacts research head Prof Richard Betts said: "I am devastated by Jim's death.

"He was a source of inspiration to me for my entire career.

"Jim's influence is widespread, profound and long-lasting.

"He will be remembered for his warm, fun-loving personality, his truly innovative thinking, his clarity of communication, his willingness to take bold risks in developing his ideas, and his abilities to bring people together and learn from them."

Science Museum Group science director Dr Roger Highfield said: "Jim was a nonconformist who had a unique vantage point that came from being, as he put it, half scientist and half inventor.

"Endless ideas bubbled forth from this synergy between making and thinking."

Lovelock's dedication to warning the world about climate change meant he carried on working past retirement age.

"My main reason for not relaxing into contented retirement is that, like most of you I am deeply concerned about the probability of massively harmful climate change and the need to do something about it now," he said in 2011.

And two years ago, he said the biosphere - all systems of life on Earth - was on its last 1% of life.

His family said: "Our beloved James Lovelock died yesterday in his home surrounded by his family on his 103rd birthday.

"To the world he was best known as a scientific pioneer, climate prophet and conceiver of the Gaia theory.

"To us, he was a loving husband and wonderful father with a boundless sense of curiosity, a mischievous sense of humour and a passion for nature."

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#149 Post by Undried Plum » Wed Jul 27, 2022 7:44 pm

Jim Lovelock's obituary in the Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... k-obituary

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#150 Post by Undried Plum » Wed Jul 27, 2022 8:30 pm

Jim Lovelock was an amazing inventor. Here's one of his very many claims to fame.


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#152 Post by 4mastacker » Thu Jul 28, 2022 11:33 am

So sad at Bernard Cribbens's passing. A brilliant actor/entertainer. In recent years "Old Jack's Boat" was a must-watch programme with the grandsons. Will the funeral be on Wimbledon Common?
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#153 Post by G-CPTN » Thu Jul 28, 2022 1:01 pm

Jenny Agattur has spoken of her relationship with Bernard - he phoned her every year on her birthday.

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#154 Post by FD2 » Thu Jul 28, 2022 8:27 pm

Captain Tony Casdagli, naval helicopter pilot and ship’s captain who held firm during the Cod Wars – obituary

He was a calm and relaxed aviator and a highly respected leader, and once performed helicopter aerobatics disguised as a ‘granny’
By Telegraph Obituaries 28 July 2022 • 4:53pm
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Captain Tony Casdagli, who has died aged 90, was a charismatic naval aviator and ship’s captain whose career took an unexpected turn.

Anthony Casdagli was born in Manchester on June 12 1932 into an Anglo-Greek family of cotton traders. His early childhood was spent in Cairo, where the family firm had sent his father, but they returned to UK at the outbreak of the war.

His father, Major Alexis Casdagli, was captured in Crete in 1941 and spent the rest of the war a prisoner. Casdagli told his father’s remarkable story linking the grim realities of four years’ captivity in Germany with the solace his father found in stitching, which he started after being handed a piece of canvas and pinching red and blue wool from the disintegrating pullover of an elderly Cretan general. One of Alexis Casdagli’s first samplers contained a message in Morse hidden in the border, which became the subtitle of a book: A Stitch in Time: God Save the King – F--- Hitler! (2011).

Tony was educated at Ludgrove prep, where he excelled at all games, especially cricket, before joining Dartmouth. He had earned his wings after flying training at Pensacola, Florida, and was awaiting appointment to a front-line squadron when he crashed his car. After many months of surgery, as part of his rehabilitation he was sent to the commando carrier Bulwark.

Midshipman Ben Bathurst (a future First Sea Lord) recalled: “For someone whose legs and hips had suffered so badly the logic of requiring him to stand for four hours at a time on watchkeeping duties escapes me, but I shall always remember what sparkling cheerful company he was even in the coldest middle of the darkest middle [midnight to 0400] watch.”

The legend of “the limping Greek” was born: he was proud of his ethnicity and acquiesced to the epithet.


Casdagli converted to helicopter pilot, quickly becoming an instructor in 705 Naval Air Squadron, where he proved himself a calm and relaxed aviator; others regarded themselves fortunate to be one of his students. At an air day at Culdrose, Cornwall, it was announced that a draw for a flight in a two-seat Hiller helicopter had been won by an elderly lady.

A figure in a dress and immense hat came forward and was strapped into the right-hand seat by the pilot but as he was walking round the front of the aircraft to get into the left-hand seat, the aircraft leapt into the sky, the pilot flung himself on to the ground and, with “granny” at the helm, the helicopter gave a dazzling aerobatic display. Once landed, “granny” disappeared in an ambulance – the crowd none the wiser that it had been Casdagli at the controls.

He next commanded the ship’s flight in the destroyer Kent, before commanding first 705 Squadron, then 820 Squadron, flying Wessex anti-submarine helicopters in the fleet carrier Eagle. Eagle covered the withdrawal from Aden in 1967, before deploying to the Far East and visiting Hong Kong and Australia.

Most of the pilots were on their first tour but, Bathurst recalled, “It was our wonderful luck to have Tony as the boss. He led from the front in a calm unhurried way, always fair, balanced, and never lost his temper, though on many occasions it would have been entirely justified, but with his understanding of the young and his obvious professionalism, they all adored him and found a sympathetic ear. It was a privilege to serve under Tony and I look back on my time in 820 as one of the happiest and most rewarding of my career – entirely due to his example and leadership.”


Casdagli ditched twice at sea. First, on the night of February 27 1964 at 400ft over Falmouth Bay, his Wessex suffered heavy tail-rotor vibration: Casdagli ordered the cabin crew to jump into the sea while he strained to hold his helicopter in a low hover, before crashing and sinking. He and his co-pilot climbed free and swam to a boat launched by the minesweeper Brinton.

Then on August 18 1967 in the Indian Ocean, Casdagli’s Wessex lost power, but he gently landed on the surface of the sea, and the aircraft’s flotation equipment kept it buoyant long enough to be recovered by Eagle’s crane.
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Promoted early to commander in 1971, he was sent to the Gulf to command the minehunter Wiston and the 9th Mine Countermeasures Squadron. Showing intelligent leadership of the highest quality, he soon won the respect of his lieutenants in command, most of whom were talented and precocious; he showed a quick eye for detail and asked for exacting standards as he guided them in their first commands.

In early 1976 Casdagli commanded the frigate Naiad on several patrols during the Cod Wars, when government policy changed, intending to avoid damage to ships. In April Casdagli reported that the Icelandic Tyr , in foul weather and low visibility, had repeatedly manoeuvred to within feet of him, and that by the new rules of engagement he was powerless to prevent warp-cutting (the cutting of nets).
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The policy was equally frustrating to the Navy – who had previously had the power, if authorised, to stop Icelandic gunboats from cutting trawlers’ nets – and the fishermen, who began to suspect, rightly, that the frigates had new orders. Then on April 23, Casdagli placed Naiad close on the port quarter of the trawler Irvana, when Tyr took an ill-judged risk and attempted to cut between the two ships.

In the inevitable collision, Tyr’s superstructure was bent, and Naiad’s bow was split below the waterline, but after some hours of damage control she remained on patrol – and, indeed, after more dockyard repairs, she completed a further patrol at the end of May.

In 1978-79 as deputy director Naval Air Warfare, Casdagli oversaw the Fleet Air Arm’s future aircraft programmes, including the Sea Harrier, which was on the verge of introduction to service and which would prove a war-winner in the Falklands.

In 1980-81 he commanded the destroyer Bristol, and his last uniformed appointment was as chief of staff to Flag Officer Naval Air Command, where he helped to generate the forces needed for the war in the South Atlantic. He retired in 1983 with a particularly well-earned CBE.


Casdagli had the versatility and utility of many naval officers of his age, and his career went in a new direction. He spent the next 15 years in the baking trade as the director of the Federation of Bakers, their trade association, which he led through a period of great change. He found himself negotiating with unions, lobbying on technical and regulatory issues at national and European levels, including below-cost selling and the growing power of the supermarkets. He supplied a calm, wise head and was someone the bakers could talk to with the utmost confidence and confidentiality; each departing chairman of the federation was given a personalised, hand-stitched sampler by Casdagli, who had acquired the skill from his father.

In retirement, he spent his days as president of the Aero Golfing Society, and continued stitching. His garden in Highgate was a picture, and he was a keen cook.

Tony Casdagli married Dell Gibbons in 1957; they divorced in 1982, and the same year he married Sally Murray, who survives him with two daughters and three sons of the first marriage.

Tony Casdagli, born June 12 1932, died June 16 2022

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#155 Post by FD2 » Thu Jul 28, 2022 10:07 pm

He was a national treasure and will be missed.



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#157 Post by CharlieOneSix » Fri Jul 29, 2022 7:39 am

Sorry to see that Tony Casdagli has crossed the bar. He was the CO of 705 when I went through there as a Midshipman on flying training. A very pleasant gentleman and an encouraging CO, he gave me a very complimentary S226 write up on getting my Wings, one which really quite surprised me. I remember one of his "Granny" displays at a Culdrose Air Day in a Hiller. It was absolutely hilarious and very well flown.
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#158 Post by FD2 » Fri Jul 29, 2022 10:40 am

He sounds a lot better than the arrogant twerp who was the CO of 705 when I trained. One good boss is worth many bad ones.

I think Trevor Lockwood did the granny display later - happy days and a great crowd pleaser.

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#159 Post by PHXPhlyer » Sun Jul 31, 2022 7:31 pm

Nichelle Nichols, groundbreaking 'Star Trek' actor, dead at 89
Nichols and her “Star Trek” character Uhura broke barriers as one of the first Black female leads on television.

https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop ... -rcna40857

Nichelle Nichols, the groundbreaking actor who played Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on the original "Star Trek" series, has died. She was 89.

Nichols' death was confirmed on Sunday by her son, Kyle Johnson, on her website. Johnson said his mother died of natural causes.

"Her light, however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration," Johnson said in a statement posted to the website.


Johnson said his mother's life was "well-lived and as such a model for" everyone. He asked for privacy for the family.

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#160 Post by TheGreenAnger » Mon Aug 01, 2022 4:22 am

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Sun Jul 31, 2022 7:31 pm
Nichelle Nichols, groundbreaking 'Star Trek' actor, dead at 89
Nichols and her “Star Trek” character Uhura broke barriers as one of the first Black female leads on television.

https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop ... -rcna40857

Nichelle Nichols, the groundbreaking actor who played Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on the original "Star Trek" series, has died. She was 89.

Nichols' death was confirmed on Sunday by her son, Kyle Johnson, on her website. Johnson said his mother died of natural causes.

"Her light, however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration," Johnson said in a statement posted to the website.


Johnson said his mother's life was "well-lived and as such a model for" everyone. He asked for privacy for the family.

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