Soho Incident, released in the United States as Spin a Dark Web, is a 1956 British film noir directed by Vernon Sewell and starring Faith Domergue and Lee Patterson. The screenplay is based on a novel by Robert Westerby. Jim Bankley a Canadian veteran living in London, is trying to succeed as a prizefighter, without much luck, he falls in love with Bella Francesi, sister of local Sicilian mob leader Rico Francesi, she soon draws him into the gang's activities. When he finds himself being drawn into a murder plot, he realizes that his lover is only using him, determines to escape the gang - but things don't turn out the way he planned. Faith Domergue as Bella Francesi Lee Patterson as Jim Bankley Rona Anderson as Betty Walker Martin Benson as Rico Francesi Robert Arden as Buddy Joss Ambler as Tom Walker Peter Hammond as Bill Walker Peter Burton as Inspector Collis Sam Kydd as Sam Bernard Fox as McLeod Soho Incident at the American Film Institute Catalog Soho Incident on IMDb Soho Incident at AllMovie
They Were Not Divided
They Were Not Divided is a 1950 British war film, which depicted the Guards Armoured Division in Second World War Europe. It was written and directed by Terence Young, a former Guards officer who served in the campaigns depicted in the film; the cast consists of little known professional actors, real soldiers with speaking parts. The male leads are Edward Ralph Clanton with Michael Trubshawe. Two supporting actors who became famous on are Christopher Lee as a tank commander, Desmond Llewelyn as a tank gunner. During the middle years of the war, three men are called up to serve in the British Army; the Englishman Philip Hamilton, the American David Morgan and the Irishman Smoke O'Connor are conscripted into the Guards Division and report to their barracks at Caterham, Surrey. After going through strict training they find themselves receiving emergency promotions. Philip and David are promoted to 2nd lieutenant and Smoke to corporal and are attached to a tank company of the Welsh Guards, where Philip and David command their own tank and Smoke is part of David's crew.
Months of'real' training follow, where they learn about tank warfare and their comrades. The film follows the three main characters as the Guards Armoured Division lands at Normandy weeks after D-Day, on into action as part of the break-out, they cope with different aspects of fighting a war on another continent, such as being separated from family and loved ones and coping with the loss of comrades. Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge are depicted, but with the Welsh Guards as the pivotal British Army unit. During Market Garden, the Welsh Guards are shown linking up with American paratroopers at the Grave bridge before moving on to Nijmegen and the failure of the operation; the film ends with the Ardennes Offensive and the Guards' unknown operations around the east side of the River Meuse, only Smoke left alive of the three friends. Edward Underdown as Philip Hamilton Ralph Clanton as David Morgan Helen Cherry as Wilhelmina Stella Andrew as Jane Michael Brennan as Smoke O’Connor Michael Trubshawe as Major Bushey Noble Rupert Gerard as Earl of Bentham John Wynn as ’45 Jones Desmond Llewelyn as ’77 Jones Anthony Dawson as Michael Estelle Brody as War Correspondent Rufus Cruikshank as Sergeant Dean R.
S. M. Brittain as Regimental Sergeant Major Christopher Lee as Chris Lewis A large number of actual Second World War armoured vehicles are featured or make brief appearances, including scenes featuring a German Tiger tank and a disabled Panther. Trade papers called the film a "notable box office attraction" in British cinemas in 1950, they Were Not Divided on IMDb
Q (James Bond)
Q is a fictional character in the James Bond films and film novelisations. Q, like M, is a job title rather than a name, he is the head of Q Branch, the fictional research and development division of the British Secret Service. Q has appeared in 21 of the 24 Eon Productions's James Bond films, the exceptions being Live and Let Die, the 2006 Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace; the character was featured in both non-Eon Bond films, Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again. The character Q never appears in the novels by the author Ian Fleming, where only the Q Branch is mentioned. In John Gardner's novels, the post of Q is taken over by Ann Reilly, she forms a relationship with Bond. It is supposed that she held the post for a short while only, because Raymond Benson's novels return Boothroyd to the post without explanation. Charles Fraser-Smith is credited as the inspiration for Q due to the spy gadgets he built for the Special Operations Executive; these were called Q-devices, after the Royal Navy's World War I Q-ships.
In the Fleming novels there are frequent references to Q and Q Branch with phrases like "see Q for any equipment you need" and "Q Branch would handle all of that", with a reference to "Q's craftsmen" in From Russia, with Love. In the sixth novel, Dr. No, the service armourer. Fleming named the character after Geoffrey Boothroyd, a firearms expert who lived in Glasgow, who had written to the novelist suggesting that Bond was not using the best firearms available. Boothroyd is referenced in the Bond novels of John Gardner, but the author preferred instead to focus on a new character, Ann Reilly, introduced in the first Gardner novel, Licence Renewed and promptly dubbed "Q'ute" by Bond. Major Boothroyd appears in Dr. No and in the script of From Russia with Love. Desmond Llewelyn stated that, although he was credited as playing "Major Boothroyd" in the latter film, his name as said by M was replaced with "the equipment officer", as director Terence Young stated that Boothroyd was a different character.
Beginning in Guy Hamilton's Goldfinger and in each film thereafter Major Boothroyd is most referred to as Q. In most films in which Q appears, he is restricted to a "behind the scenes" involvement, either based in London or in secret bases out in the field. Two notable exceptions in which Q becomes directly involved in Bond's missions occur in Octopussy—in which Q participates in field work—including the final battle against the villain's henchmen, Licence to Kill in which he joins Bond in the field after 007 goes rogue. In the first film, Dr. No, Boothroyd is played by Peter Burton in only one scene in which he replaces Bond's.25 ACP Beretta 418 pistol with the signature.32 Walther PPK handgun. He is referred to by M as "the armourer," and as Major Boothroyd. Scheduling conflicts prevented Burton from reprising the role in From Russia with Love, although he made two uncredited reappearances in Bond films, first as an RAF officer in Thunderball and as a secret agent in the satirical Casino Royale.
Beginning with From Russia with Love, Desmond Llewelyn portrayed the character in every official film except Live and Let Die until his death in 1999. In the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me, as Q delivered the underwater Lotus, Major Anya Amasova/Agent XXX greets Q as "Major Boothroyd". While briefing Bond on the gadgets that he is going to use on his mission, Q expresses irritation and impatience at Bond's short attention span telling him to "pay attention, 007", Bond's playful lack of respect for his equipment, telling the agent, "I never joke about my work, 007". In Thunderball, Bond can be heard muttering "Oh no". However, on occasion, Q has shown a warm and fatherly concern for 007's welfare, such as at Bond's wedding in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, when he assures Bond that he is available if Bond requires his help. Q has assisted Bond in a more active role in his missions in Octopussy, remaining to aid Bond in person after another ally is killed, Licence to Kill saw him travel to assist Bond while he is on leave from MI6 after Bond has resigned from MI6 to pursue his own vendetta.
He refers to Bond as "007", rather than by his name. In GoldenEye, Q shares a joke with Bond for the first time, in The World Is Not Enough when he reveals his plan to retire, Bond is saddened at the prospect. Q signs off with "Now pay attention, 007," and offers some words of advice: Q: "I've always tried to teach you two things: First, never let them see you bleed." Bond: "And the second?"Q: "Always have an escape plan." – before he is lowered out of view. This was the final film appearance of Desmond Llewelyn as Q in the James Bond series, although he would revive the role once again as Q in a Heineken commercial, a TV cross-promotion for The World Is Not Enough. Llewelyn died in a car crash just weeks after the film's release. Between films he starred as Q in various commercials for a diversity of products and companies; these included Bond collectable merchandise, TV3, Hyundai motorcars, LG video recorders, Highland Superstores, Visa credit cards, Reach electric toothbrushes, the latter of which featured Q briefing himself in the mirror.
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Sink the Bismarck!
Sink the Bismarck! is a 1960 black-and-white CinemaScope British war film based on the book The Last Nine Days of the Bismarck by C. S. Forester, it was directed by Lewis Gilbert. To date, it is the only film made that deals directly with the operations and sinking of the battleship Bismarck by the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Although war films were common in the 1960s, Sink the Bismarck! was seen as something of an anomaly, with much of its time devoted to the "unsung back-room planners as much as on the combatants themselves." Its historical accuracy, in particular, met with much praise despite a number of inconsistencies. Sink the Bismarck! was the inspiration for Johnny Horton's popular 1960 song, "Sink the Bismarck." The film had its Royal World Premiere in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh at the Odeon Leicester Square on 11 February 1960. The story starts with a clip of actual German newsreel footage from 14 February 1939, when Nazi Germany's largest and most powerful battleship, Bismarck, is launched in a ceremony at Hamburg with Adolf Hitler in attendance.
The launching of the hull is seen as the beginning of a new era of German sea power. Two years in 1941, British convoys are being ravaged by U-boats and surface raider attacks that cut off supplies essential for Britain's abilities to continue the war. In May, British intelligence discovers Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen are about to break out of the Baltic and into the North Atlantic to attack convoys. Meanwhile, a spy in Norway spots Bismarck and its escort Prinz Eugen at anchor in Grimstadfjord, while perched on a ledge overlooking them; the spy, still alive, attempts to message the Admiralty. He is only able to message that one of the ships is Prinz Eugen but is killed before he can complete the identity of the second ship, Bismarck; the man assigned to coordinate the hunt is the Admiralty's chief of operations, Captain Jonathan Shepard, distraught over the death of his wife in an air raid and the sinking of his ship by the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, commanded by Fleet Admiral Günther Lütjens.
Upon receiving his new post, Shepard discovers Lütjens is the fleet commander on Bismarck. Shepard's experience of conflict with Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine and his understanding of Lütjens allow him to predict Bismarck's movements. Shepard acts coldly to his staff but comes to rely on the coolness and skill of his assistant, WRNS Second Officer Anne Davis. Lütjens is bitter. After the First World War, he considered that he had received no recognition for his efforts in the war. Lütjens promises the captain of Bismarck, Ernst Lindemann, that this time, he and Germany will be remembered as the victors. Next morning, in the Denmark Strait Bismarck and Prinz Eugen encounter HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales; the four warships engage in a heavy battle. During the battle a shell from Bismarck hits Hood damaging her. Bismarck fires another salvo from her main battery guns and both sides watch as three shells hit the water near Hood, but the fourth hits the vessel just below its main mast and penetrates through the thin deck armour the ship's deck disintegrates and explodes in a massive fireball blowing one of the turrets off and sending it flying into the ocean.
Both sides are shocked and horrified at the devastation as Hood's sinking remains are enveloped by smoke. The captain of Prince of Wales, John Leach asks the yeoman to send a message to Admiralty saying that Hood has blown up. Now Prince of Wales is fired at by the two German ships; the battleship manages to hit Bismarck on the bow. But Bismarck fires back and hits Prince of Wales on the bridge, destroying it, leaving only two men alive. Prince of Wales is hit multiple times. Bismarck and Prinz Eugen's escape is shadowed by smaller British ships. On, Prinz Eugen breaks away and heads back to Germany, while Bismarck turns around and fires at the British cruisers to provide cover as it escapes; the attack forces the cruisers to retreat. Meanwhile, obsessed with Bismarck, acknowledges that his son, an air-gunner on a Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber from HMS Ark Royal, one of the British ships deployed to the hunt, may die when the British aircraft attack Bismarck, he gambles that Lütjens is returning to friendly waters where U-boats and air cover will make it impossible to attack, plans to intercept and attack Bismarck before it reaches safety.
Shepard commits large forces stripped from convoy escort and uses Catalina flying boats to search for the battleship. His hunch proves correct, Bismarck is located steaming towards the German-occupied French coast. British forces have a narrow window to destroy or slow their prey before German support and their own diminishing fuel supplies prevent further attack, as Admiral LVtjens says to Captain Lindemann. Swordfish aircraft from HMS Ark Royal have two chances; the first fails: they misidentify HMS Sheffield as Bismarck, the new magnetic torpedo detonators are faulty and most explode as soon as they hit the water. Switching to conventional contact detonators, the second attack is successful, with one torpedo hitting the midships, causing minor damage, while a catastrophic second hit detonates near the stern, causing extensive damage jamming Bismarck's rudder and slowing her speed. Unable to repair the rudder, the German battleship steams in circles. During the night Bismarck is attacked by two British destroyers.
They fire torpedoes at Bismarck, one torpedo hit
Value for Money
Value for Money is a 1955 British comedy film directed by Ken Annakin and starring John Gregson, Donald Pleasence, Leslie Phillips, Joan Hickson, Derek Farr and Diana Dors. A wealthy young man from Yorkshire meets a performer, she decides to take him for every penny he is worth, he decides to let her. John Gregson as Chayley Broadbent Diana Dors as Ruthine West Susan Stephen as Ethel Derek Farr as Duke Popplewell Frank Pettingell as Mayor Higgins Charles Victor as Lumm Ernest Thesiger as Lord Dewsbury Jill Adams as Joy Joan Hickson as Mrs. Perkins Donald Pleasence as Limpy John Glyn-Jones as Arkwright Leslie Phillips as Robjohns Ferdy Mayne as Waiter Charles Lloyd-Pack as Mr. Gidbrook Much of the Yorkshire location filming was in Batley, West Riding of Yorkshire an area within the Heavy Woollen District. Value for Money on IMDb
A Clockwork Orange (film)
A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novel of the same name. It employs disturbing, violent images to comment on psychiatry, juvenile delinquency, youth gangs, other social and economic subjects in a dystopian near-future Britain. Alex, the central character, is a charismatic, antisocial delinquent whose interests include classical music, committing rape, what is termed "ultra-violence", he leads a small gang of thugs, Pete and Dim, whom he calls his droogs. The film chronicles the horrific crime spree of his gang, his capture, attempted rehabilitation via an experimental psychological conditioning technique promoted by the Minister of the Interior. Alex narrates most of the film in Nadsat, a fractured adolescent slang composed of Slavic and Cockney rhyming slang; the soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange features classical music selections and Moog synthesizer compositions by Wendy Carlos. The artwork for the poster of A Clockwork Orange was created by Philip Castle with the layout by designer Bill Gold.
In a futuristic Britain, Alex DeLarge is the leader of a gang of "droogs", Georgie and Pete. One night, after getting intoxicated on drug-laden "milk-plus", they engage in an evening of "ultra-violence", which includes a fight with a rival gang led by Billyboy, they drive to the country home of writer F. Alexander and beat him to the point of crippling him for life. Alex rapes Alexander's wife while singing "Singin' in the Rain"; the next day, while truant from school, Alex is approached by his probation officer Mr P. R. Deltoid, aware of Alex's activities and cautions him. Alex's droogs express discontent with petty crime and want more equality and high yield thefts, but Alex asserts his authority by attacking them. Alex invades the home of a wealthy "cat-lady" and bludgeons her with a phallic sculpture while his droogs remain outside. On hearing sirens, Alex tries to flee but Dim smashes a bottle on his face, stunning him and leaving him to be arrested by the police. With Alex in custody, Mr Deltoid gloats.
He is sentenced to fourteen years in prison. Two years into the sentence, Alex eagerly takes up an offer to be a test subject for the Minister of the Interior's new Ludovico technique, an experimental aversion therapy for rehabilitating criminals within two weeks. Alex is strapped to a chair, his eyes are clamped open and he is injected with drugs, he is forced to watch films of sex and violence, some of which are accompanied by the music of his favourite composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. Alex becomes nauseated by the films and, fearing the technique will make him sick upon hearing Beethoven, begs for an end to the treatment. Two weeks the Minister demonstrates Alex's rehabilitation to a gathering of officials. Alex is unable to fight back against an actor who taunts and attacks him and becomes ill at the sight of a topless woman; the prison chaplain complains. Alex is let out as a free man, only to find his parents have sold his possessions as restitution to his victims, have let out his room. Alex encounters an elderly vagrant whom he had attacked years earlier, the vagrant and his friends attack him.
Alex is shocked to find they are his former droogs Dim and Georgie. They drive him to the countryside, beat him up, nearly drown him before abandoning him. Alex makes it to the doorstep of a nearby home before collapsing. Alex wakes up to find himself in the home of Mr Alexander, where he is being cared for by Alexander's manservant, Julian. Mr Alexander does not recognise Alex from the previous attack but knows of Alex and the Ludovico technique from the newspapers, he prepares to present him to his colleagues. While bathing, Alex breaks into "Singin' in the Rain", causing Mr Alexander to realise that Alex was the person who assaulted him and his wife. With help from his colleagues, Mr Alexander drugs locks him in an upstairs bedroom, he plays Beethoven's Ninth Symphony loudly from the floor below. Alex is unable to withstand the sickening pain and attempts suicide by throwing himself out the window, falling unconscious on the ground. Alex wakes up in a hospital with broken bones. While being given a series of psychological tests, Alex finds that he no longer has aversions to violence and sex.
The Minister arrives and apologises to Alex. He offers to take care of Alex and get him a job in return for his cooperation with his election campaign and public relations counter-offensive; as a sign of goodwill, the Minister brings in a stereo system playing Beethoven's Ninth. Alex contemplates violence and has vivid thoughts of having sex with a woman in front of an approving crowd, thinks to himself, "I was cured, all right!" The film's central moral question is the definition of "goodness" and whether it makes sense to use aversion therapy to stop immoral behaviour. Stanley Kubrick, writing in Saturday Review, described the film as: Similarly, on the film production's call sheet, Kubrick wrote: After aversion therapy, Alex behaves like a good member of society, though not through choice, his goodness is involuntary. In the prison, after witnessing the Technique i
London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans; the City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of the London Assembly. London is considered to be one of the world's most important global cities and has been termed the world's most powerful, most desirable, most influential, most visited, most expensive, sustainable, most investment friendly, most popular for work, the most vegetarian friendly city in the world. London exerts a considerable impact upon the arts, education, fashion, healthcare, professional services and development, tourism and transportation.
London ranks 26 out of 300 major cities for economic performance. It is one of the largest financial centres and has either the fifth or sixth largest metropolitan area GDP, it is the most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the busiest city airport system as measured by passenger traffic. It is the leading investment destination, hosting more international retailers and ultra high-net-worth individuals than any other city. London's universities form the largest concentration of higher education institutes in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to have hosted three modern Summer Olympic Games. London has a diverse range of people and cultures, more than 300 languages are spoken in the region, its estimated mid-2016 municipal population was 8,787,892, the most populous of any city in the European Union and accounting for 13.4% of the UK population. London's urban area is the second most populous in the EU, after Paris, with 9,787,426 inhabitants at the 2011 census.
The population within the London commuter belt is the most populous in the EU with 14,040,163 inhabitants in 2016. London was the world's most populous city from c. 1831 to 1925. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London. Other landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and The Shard. London has numerous museums, galleries and sporting events; these include the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, British Library and West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. "London" is an ancient name, attested in the first century AD in the Latinised form Londinium. Over the years, the name has attracted many mythicising explanations; the earliest attested appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, written around 1136. This had it that the name originated from a supposed King Lud, who had taken over the city and named it Kaerlud.
Modern scientific analyses of the name must account for the origins of the different forms found in early sources Latin, Old English, Welsh, with reference to the known developments over time of sounds in those different languages. It is agreed; this was adapted into Latin as Londinium and borrowed into Old English, the ancestor-language of English. The toponymy of the Common Brythonic form is much debated. A prominent explanation was Richard Coates's 1998 argument that the name derived from pre-Celtic Old European *lowonida, meaning "river too wide to ford". Coates suggested that this was a name given to the part of the River Thames which flows through London. However, most work has accepted a Celtic origin for the name, recent studies have favoured an explanation along the lines of a Celtic derivative of a proto-Indo-European root *lendh-, combined with the Celtic suffix *-injo- or *-onjo-. Peter Schrijver has suggested, on these grounds, that the name meant'place that floods'; until 1889, the name "London" applied to the City of London, but since it has referred to the County of London and Greater London.
"London" is sometimes written informally as "LDN". In 1993, the remains of a Bronze Age bridge were found on the south foreshore, upstream of Vauxhall Bridge; this bridge either reached a now lost island in it. Two of those timbers were radiocarbon dated to between 1750 BC and 1285 BC. In 2010 the foundations of a large timber structure, dated to between 4800 BC and 4500 BC, were found on the Thames's south foreshore, downstream of Vauxhall Bridge; the function of the mesolithic structure is not known. Both structures are on the south bank. Although there is evidence of scattered Brythonic settlements in the area, the first major settlement was founded by the Romans about four years after the invasion