Sunday, February 15, 2015

Solitaire and Remembering Louis Jourdan....Day 46 of Bond 365

Today, I was very sad to hear of the passing of Louis Jourdan, who many of you may remember he was Kamal Khan in Octopussy (1983). However, I am a fan of his earlier roles, especially during the latter 1950s. Of course, my favorite is Gigi and probably always will be.

Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour
Born this day in 1951
Solitaire in Live and Let Die

I have always admired Jane Seymour’s work as an actress. Seymour was born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg.  When she started acting on stage, she took the name Jane Seymour, which if you know your English history, was King Henry VIII’s third wife’s name.

In the early 1970s, Seymour starting appearing in films and television, but it was her role as Solitaire in Live and Let Die (1973) that shot her to international fame. A couple of years later, she was Princess Farah in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger that starred John Wayne’s son Patrick and featured Ray Harryhausen’s stop motion animation.

I enjoyed Seymour’s work in the 1980 period romance Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeve and in the 1990s as Dr. Michaela Quinn in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman that aired from 1993 through 1998.

In addition to acting, Seymour became a writer and has authored self-help books and co-authored several children’s books with James Keach, who was her husband from 1993 -2013. She became a face of fashion for CC and she designed Kay Jewelers “Open Heart Collection. She was honored with an OBE in 2000 and because a naturalized US citizen in 2005.

Rest in Peace, Louis Jourdan (1921 – 2015)

Louis Jourdan

And sadly, Louis Jourdan passed away yesterday, February 14 at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 93. He joined the Bond family in 1983 when he starred in Octopussy as Kamal Khan.  Personally, I thought he had done other roles better and maybe its because I never saw him as a villain. For me, I will remember him in Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) as Prince Dino di Cessi, The Swan (1956) as Dr. Nicholas Agi, and my personal favorite, Gigi (1958) as Gaston Lachaille.

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