Yesterday, I attended the sixth annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon held in San Pedro and it was a packed day and evening of all things horror. I got to listen to readings, watch several short films inspired by Lovecraft, and meet many friendly people. One of the highlights of the evening was meeting Richard Stanley who directed Dust Devil (1992) and Hardware (1990). I am particularly fond of Dust Devil and I think it is a fascinating film of exploring South African mysticism. I believe it is an underrated film. I need to re-watch Hardware as I haven’t watched it in a number of years. Anyway, the festival was fun and I look forward to next year’s festival.
Born this day in 1917
Underwater Cameraman for Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker
Lamar Boren was featured back on January 15 when he passed away in 1986 in San Diego, California.
Passed away this day in 1972
Saxby in Diamonds Are Forever
Bruce Cabot was featured a couple of weeks ago on April 20 to mark his birth in 1904.
Passed away this day in 2004
Hong Kong Policeman #2 in You Only Live Twice
There are a handful of actors who had ties to James Bond and Doctor Who; Anthony Ainley is one of those actors. Ainley was unique though because he played the Master for nine year, which made him the “longest serving actor to appear as a regular character in the TV series’ history” according to his IMDB’s profile.
Ainley came from an acting family and took his first role at ten years old in The Foreman Went to France (1942), but he didn’t land another role in the television series It’s Dark Outside in 1965. He worked in theatre for many years while making guest appearances on a number of television series over the intervening years until 1981. At that point, Ainley became the Master on Doctor Who.
After Doctor Who, Ainley receded from public life and kept to himself. In 2004, he passed away at the age of 71. The cause of death was listed as cancer.
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