Friday, April 10, 2015

Happy Birthday Max von Sydow and Linder Returns….Day 101 of Bond 365

Max von Sydow in The Seventh Seal
Max von Sydow
Born this day in 1929
Blofeld in Never Say Never Again

If there is one person who I would dearly love to meet and chat with, it would be Max von Sydow. He’s had an incredible prolific acting career that has spanned over six decades, showing adaptability and flexibility that has ranged from live action to lending his distinctive voice to animation, narration, and video games. The accolades are numerous and deserving – although I would say they should be more.

Looking over his 150+ acting credits, there are so many projects of von Sydow I have yet to see, but roles I have particularly enjoyed include: The Seventh Seal (1957) as Antonius Block, playing chess with Death; The Quiller Memorandum (1966) as Oktober, head of the secret neo-Nazi group in Berlin; The Exorcist (1973) as Father Lankester Merrin – a movie I still will not watch at night; Europa (1991) as the narrator – seriously watch just the opening sequence and listen to von Sydow’s hypnotic voice; Solomon Kane (2009) as Josiah Kane; and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) as Esbern. And, of course, he is charming, for a villain, in Never Say Never Again (1983) in which he plays Blofeld.

He is still very a very active actor and you’ll be able to see him in The Letters as Celeste van Exem and is the story of Mother Teresa. And he’ll appear in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens later this year.

Check here for a prior post about von Sydow as Blofeld. Kitty cuteness alert.

Cec Linder
Passed away this day in 1992
Felix Leiter in Goldfinger

This is Cec Linder’s second appearance in Bond 365; his first to celebrate his birthday back on March 10.

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