As a film and television actor, Robert Rietti, who has died aged 92, was best known for his voice. Although he made occasional on-screen appearances, as in John Schlesinger’s Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and the ITV series The Avengers, his regular work came from dubbing the dialogue of actors whose command of English was limited or who could not make the final stages of recording a soundtrack.
After the actor Robert Shaw died in 1978, Rietti was called to dub his voice in parts of three movies for which Shaw had not completed the recording. After a diagnosis of cancer compelled the removal of Jack Hawkins’s larynx in 1966, Rietti provided the spoken words for some of his films. In Treasure Island (1972), he revoiced every word spoken by Orson Welles as Long John Silver.
Rietti was known for lending his voice to James Bond villains when filmmakers wanted to re-record lines.
According to The Times, Rietti died on April 3.
Among the villains he dubbed were Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) in 1965's Thunderball and Ernst Stavro Blofeld (John Hollis) in 1981's For Your Eyes Only.
"In nearly every Bond picture, there's been a foreign villain, and in almost every case, they've used my voice," Rietti once said.
Throughout his career, he also voiced characters in The Guns of Navarone (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Barbarella (1968), Frenzy (1972), Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982).
We first reported on the project back in May, when former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara signed on to write the pilot script and executive produce through his 44 Strong Productions company. The six-episode series will follow the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James), the devilish child from the original 1976 film who has grown into an adult, seemingly unaware of the evil forces around him. Damien is forced to confront his past and come to terms with the fact that he is, in fact, the Antichrist,
While Costa-Gavras continues to enjoy a high reputation for his sixties and seventies political thrillers (perhaps more respected than watched, which is a shame) and to some extent for his later American movies (more watched than respected, also a shame), The Sleeping Car Murders (1965), one of his earliest works, is so hard to see that I wound up watching a pan-and-scanned off-air recording taped on VHS from Scottish Television sometime in the eighties, and dubbed into English. At least Simone Signoret seems to have done her own re-voicing, but her erring husband Yves Montand has that strained Amurrican tone I associate with Robert Rietty doing Orson Welles.
So Costa-Gavras' movie, formerly a missing person, turns up as a homicide victim, mutilated to prevent identification. With the performances defaced, the compositions utterly ruined, and the editing patterns minced in this copy (because a cut doesn't mean the
Produced by Fox Television Studios and based on Twentieth Century Fox's classic horror film, The Omen, the series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny -- that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.
Here's what Lifetime's Rob Sharenow had to say in a statement.
"We are thrilled to be bringing a contemporary version of The Omen's Damien Thorn back to the screen. Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original.
No filmmakers have been attached at this time, with Bloody-Disgusting reporting that 20th Century Fox and Platinum Dunes are still in the very early stages of development.
The news comes just over a month after we reported that the Lifetime Channel is developing a TV adaptation of the original movie, with Glen Mazzara, a former showrunner on AMC's The Walking Dead, writing the pilot script and executive producing. The series centers on Damien Thorn, the young boy from the original movie, who is now an adult and haunted by his turbulent past. He must come to grips with the fact that he is actually the Antichrist.
Richard Donner directed the 1976 original version of The Omen, which starred Gregory Peck
Masque of the Red Death (1964)
The British phase of his career began with a bang. After directing all of Price’s Poe chillers for American International Pictures, Roger Corman wanted to give the formula a fresh approach by making his next film in England. Aip’s Samuel Z Arkoff and James H Nicholson had already produced several European films, so the next step was to establish a London base with Louis M Heyward in charge.
But dubbing can work to hilarious effect in the Godzilla movies and with some of the lesser spaghetti westerns. In some cases low budget American producers buy the
Now comes word from The Guardian that Michael Sheen, who has collaborated in the past with Morgan on the aforementioned movies, is in negotiations to play Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Bond 23.
Blofeld back for Bond 23...? That's what the UK paper is reporting.
"Michael is hot property right now and it is felt that he's the right man to bring Blofeld back to life," an unnamed source revealed. "Michael was a Bond fan in his youth, so this would be a dream role for him."
Blofeld is the head of Spectre and has appeared in six previous James Bond installments: From Russia with Love (1963), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Dario Argento and Sir Christopher Frayling at the Sergio Leone tribute in London.(Photo: Mark Mawston) In honour of what would have been Sergio Leone’s 80th birthday, Sir Christopher Frayling, the late director’s internationally acclaimed biographer, hosted a celebration of the legenary filmmaker’s work at the Italian Cultural Institute in London on Wednesday evening.
Sir Christopher, who has penned the foreword to Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer’s upcoming book ‘The Westerns of Clint Eastwood’, invited Dave, along with Cinema Retro contributors, and authors in their own right, Matthew Field and Howard Hughes, and photographer Mark Mawston to this private tribute.
Posters from Sergio Leone’s movies adorned the walls, providing a fitting backdrop to the evening, which began with a talk on Leone’s career by Frayling (illustrated with a slideshow) followed by an on-stage interview with famed Italian director Dario Argento,
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