RIP Richard Attenborough

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Flying Spaghetti Monster, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Flying Spaghetti Monster Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 18, 2006
    Flying Spaghetti Western

    he was an award-winning director of films like Ghandi, but most people today see the man who cloned dinosaurs while sparing no expense.

    Thanks, Mr. Attenborough
  2. Trekker4747

    Trekker4747 Boldly going... Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2001
    Kansas City
    RIP, Sir.
  3. Push The Button

    Push The Button Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Feb 21, 2013
    Smithfield, Rhode Island USA
    Loved him in The Flight of the Phoenix and of course The Great Escape.

    Another of the greats, gone. Rest in peace, Sir Richard.
  4. Noseless Ash

    Noseless Ash Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 4, 2009
    RIP Mr. Attenborough :(.
  5. Davros

    Davros Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Kaled bunker, Skaro
  6. Orac Zen

    Orac Zen Mischief Manager Super Moderator

    Mar 14, 2000
    A genuinely remarkable person. Had a pretty decent career, too.

    RIP, and thanks for the memories.
  7. Wereghost

    Wereghost Part-time poltergeist Rear Admiral

    Oct 21, 2009
    It's sad to see such a well-loved and distinctive personage pass away, even at almost 91 years of age. Lord Attenborough was a one-off and will be remembered fondly.
  8. It's the Great Pumpkin - Kai "the spy"

    It's the Great Pumpkin - Kai "the spy" Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 7, 2011
    Kai "the spy"
    It will be a sad christmas this year.

    Farewell, Sir Richard.
  9. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 19, 2011
    I'll always remember Richard Atenborough as Santa Claus and I'll re watch his "Miracle On 34th Street" each Christmas. Even though Edmund Gwen left some big shoes to fill, Atenborough filled them really well.
  10. J.T.B.

    J.T.B. Rear Admiral Premium Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    It seems like I always knew about Attenborough from The Great Escape, which we watched in elementary school. Later I saw him play an American sailor in The Sand Pebbles, which became one of my all-time favorite movies, but it was years before I realized it was the same guy. And it was still later that I put together that he was the "Dickie" they were referring to in the Monty Python's Flying Circus "Light Entertainment Awards." And of course he directed a number of good movies, the "star-studded" war picture A Bridge to Far being one I enjoyed many times over the years.

    A great talent, presence and body of work.
  11. Rickman Hamtylerdurden

    Rickman Hamtylerdurden Commodore Commodore

    Oct 28, 2011
    He was a fine second lead for '60s adventures in particular. THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX and THE SAND PEBBLES are all lengthy but great. GANDHI? Well, it's lengthy. And it seemed to initiate a formula for winning Oscars in the 80s which AMADEUS, OUT OF AFRICA and THE LAST EMPEROR followed. My favorite Attenborough-directed film is still 1978's MAGIC starring thin Anthony Hopkins. While the direction is not gripping start to finish, there is a particular moment involving a wallet and a mirror which leads to a jaw-dropping moment worthy of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. And its 30-second TV trailers are still among the top five scariest ever.

    His Big X character in GREAT ESCAPE has a terrific capture scene, a memorable death scene, and good chemistry with co-star Gordon Jackson. X's character is the least likely to screw up, and yet he eventually does, realistically so.