As part of the promotional work to support the release of the new film adaptation of his bedroom farce Run For Your Wife, writer and director Ray Cooney catches up with Lucy Fleming and Simon Williams (two of a huge number of British actors and actresses who cameo in the film). The interview includes footage of Fleming’s and Williams’ brief appearance in the film (alongside Andrew Sachs and Mark Wingett).
Reviewing the film in The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw concludes:
The humour makes The Dick Emery Show look edgy and contemporary, and the movie features a mind-boggling parade of cameos you are only otherwise liable to see in the cutaway shots of an ITV3 repeat of An Audience with Magnus Pyke. Frank Thornton! Bill Pertwee! Russ Abbot! Connoisseurs of the British thespian scene from 30 years ago are likely, however, to have precisely the same response as those who do not recognise any of these people: an overwhelming desire to buy an old-fashioned town-gas cooking appliance in which one’s head will fit snugly.
Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston, Survivors) has been widely interviewed in the horror-genre press, as part of the publicity drive in support of the release of his most celebrated zombie flick Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) on DVD and Blu-Ray, in “a brand new high definition restoration of the original negative”.
Arrow Films released a new DVD version and (for the first time) two separate Blu-Ray packages of the film on 3 December 2012. Amongst the special features on the release, McCulloch contributes a ‘UK exclusive’ introduction to the movie, and in a separate mini-feature Aliens, Cannibals and Zombies: A Trilogy of Italian Terror McCulloch reflects on his “three classics of Latin horror lunacy”, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Contamination and Zombie Holocaust.
McCulloch was also a special guest on the Starburst horror pod-cast Friday Night Fright (Episode 10, December); and the AV Forum podcast (28 November). McCulloch is also interviewed in the new edition (Issue 15) of Scream magazine (print only).
McCulloch arranged a screening of Zombie Flesh Eaters to raise funds for his local golf club at the CatStrand art centre in New Galloway on 9 November. McCulloch, who has been a member of the New Galloway Golf Club for decades, provided an introduction to the viewing and afterwards: “gave an insight into show business and entertained with a series of songs he has written.” (The Galloway News, 15 November 2012). The £200 raised at the event will go towards the cost of additional drainage on the course.
Denis Lill (Charles Vaughan, Survivors) was interviewed by Kugan Cassius of iFilm at the 2013 Only Fools & Horses Convention which took place recently in Peterborough. Lill played the occasional, recurring role of Alan Parry in Only Fools & Horses.
Lill discusses his work in the series, his character’s view of others on the show, and refers to his more recent TV work on The Royal and his stage appearances in a number of different Agatha Christie productions.
Lucy Fleming (niece of James Bond creator, the late Ian Fleming) has joined the publicity drive for the new James Bond film Skyfall and the range of new James Bond audio-books, the release of which co-incides with the Bon’s latest cinema outing.
Interviewed in GQ (‘Lucy Fleming on James Bond’s anniversary, her uncle’s legacy and die-hard fans’, 3 October), Fleming reflects on her uncle’s work and considers the different interpretations that have been made of his most famous creation on screen and on the page.
Speaking to the Evening Standard (‘Lucy Fleming: If I reveal the James Bond Skyfall plot I might be shot’, 3 October), Fleming revisits the different incaranations of Bond, and recollects some of the key events in her own personal life, and the intertwinning of her life and that of Ian Fleming’s legacy.
Lucy Fleming is also widely pictured attending the after-party for the launch of the new James Bond behind-the-scenes book Everything or Nothing – The Untold Story of 007, held on 1 October.
Everything or Nothing is out now.
The 007 Reloaded audiobooks are available from Audiogo.com
Skyfall is on general release from 26 October 2012
Survivors actress Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards) appeared on the BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright in the Afternoon show on 5 September 2012, to discuss the new range of James Bond audio-books (007 Reloaded) being released this week.
The interview (in which Steve Wright mentions Lucy’s role in Survivors as part of the intro) can currently be streamed online (in the UK).
Ian McCulloch appeared at the the Cinema Wasteland horror convention in 2010
WINKERLANd Productions interviews Ian McCulloch at Cinema Wasteland (2010). We don’t own some of the footage in this video. Any footage from a film was shot from a television screen to give it that grindhouse feel.
The Midnight Corey blog report on the event describes a conversation with a typically fortright McCulloch:
Ian McCulloch was the lead actor in Zombie (1979), and is completely astonished by the popularity of the movie. One thing that surprised me about Mr. McCulloch is that he told me he’s never seen any of Romero’s zombie movies — he said he just doesn’t have the desire to. He also told me that he met Romero recently, and Romero refuses to watch Zombie (or any of its sequels) because he thinks they’re all ripoffs of his work.