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Spike & Raquel, strange bedfellows [Dec. 6th, 2005|03:32 pm]


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Being new to this community, I thought I’d post something to say hello. I was reminded, just now, of one of my favourite Milligan film appearances. He played Monsieur Bonacieux in the 1973 movie The Three Musketeers with Michael York, Oliver Reed and Raquel Welch, who played Bonacieux’s unfaithful wife, Constance. I’m not surprised he was in it, as it was directed by his friend Richard Lester, who had directed (or at least he held the camera for) The Running, Jumping, Standing Still Film.

Seeing Spike act alongside the great Charlton Heston, who plays the deliciously evil Cardinal Richelieu, is an education in itself, as Mr Heston plays it straight, but Spike plays Bonacieux as an ineffectual clownish type; however, my favourite scene in the entire movie occurs when Spike, festooned with keys and other dusty, clanking paraphernalia, is showing Michael York (playing D’Artagnan) the room he will be renting in his house. Raquel Welch is seen in a room across the hall, and D’Artagnan exclaims, “Who is that?” Bonacieux tells him she is his wife, Constance, the Queen’s lady-in-waiting. He explains that she lives mostly at the palace, but comes home a couple of nights in the week. As Spike says this, and the thought of a night or two with his stunning, voluptuous wife enters his addlepated head, his whole body starts to shake, and the keys on his person clank against each other and his eyes come over all glassy. It is a purely Milligan moment that slays me every time I watch it, and if Bloodnok had been there too, no doubt his quivering voice would have intoned “Oh-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!” in profound agreement.

[User Picture]From: unixronin
2005-12-06 06:12 pm (UTC)
I can almost visualize that .... but I can't get the wood.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-12-06 06:22 pm (UTC)

Mmk, nnk...

That's the funniest thing I've read all day!

Ha ha! Ha ha ha! Uh, ha... ha... Harrumph...
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[User Picture]From: asmodeia
2005-12-08 05:38 am (UTC)
Welcome, welcome, fine fine fine. Have some chicken and a bunch of grapes. Come, warm yourself by this recording of a fireplace!
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[User Picture]From: bluesman
2005-12-08 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your fine stinking hospitality. Have a gorilla.
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[User Picture]From: asmodeia
2005-12-11 01:30 am (UTC)
No thanks, I'm trying to give them up. How about a picture of Queen Victoria?
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[User Picture]From: bluesman
2005-12-12 01:57 pm (UTC)
A picture of Queen Victoria? SO, Moriarty, you've been hiding these things from me.

On a serious note, I agreed with your post about rape. Like most guys, the subject gives me the creeps, people who do it are the lowest scum, and personally I get very upset when I watch TV news and hear about such things. A 4-yr-old girl in the town where I work was assaulted in that manner last week and left for dead. She is recovering, though, thank the Lord. I think the police have the snot bag who did it. I have a 12-yr-old stepdaughter, and the notion of some guy even looking at her the wrong way fills me with dread, and dark murderous feelings. When you're a dad you worry about these things.
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