Friday, 4 December 2009

Richard Todd

Childhood hero, adult role-model. RIP.

5 comments:

Spent Copper said...

Thanks Radwald. I much appreciate that clip and I'm sure many of your other readers will as well.

I wonder if its just me but, as I geet older, I find it increasingly difficult to watch some of these old movies, the old documentaries from our past or listen to the music of composers like Elgar, Walton and Finzi, without something deep inside me mourning the passing of the Country which produced these things. Its as if the England of my birth, and the Country which formed me, has slipped away and no longer exists. I am filled with a sence of loss and regret, not just for their passing but, even more, that so few of our fellow Countrymen seem to care or understand.

You and your readers do understand and it is comforting that there are still some of us left. Meanwhile, 'our' Government and the multitude of its tax-payer funderd hangers-on in the Quangos, Civil Service, BBC and fake Charities seem to take a savage delight in the continuing disembeling of our Country. Its rather like watching a large, muscular but retarded child attacking an exibit of priceless artifacts with a baseball bat.

Keep us the good work and thanks again.

TheBigYin said...

I agree with every word Spent. One of my fav film with Richard was The Hasty Heart. Not many people know this but Richard Todd was part of a group set up by Winston Churchill, and if we lost the war this group would go underground up and down the country only to come out for sabotage work on the conquering Nazis.

He was one of a kind.

Anonymous said...

Agree with TheBigYin about The Hasty Heart - brilliant film with a brilliant performance.

William Gruff said...

One of my most like films, and on my shelves.

Thank you Radders.

Richard Todd was a sergeant in the detachment that captured Pegasus Bridge.

Anonymous said...

In many respects this is one of the finest endings to a war film ever made. The empty rooms, possessions and lack of dialogue convey the gaps that "Absent Friends" leave. It is, perhaps, a British approach to the matter. No glorious music, no flag waving, just the quiet understated message of loss.
Richard Todd was a fine actor of his generation and a hero. I believe it will be some time before his like is seen again and not, I think, from Hollywood.
M. J. Ney