Peter Murton (left) with fellow Bond production design masters Peter Lamont and Ken Adam at a recent James Bond event at Pinewood Studio's Theatre Seven.
We have just learned that our dear friend,
production designer Peter Murton, passed away just before Christmas. Peter
worked on many early Bond films in the art department, and was the production
designer for The Man With The Golden Gun. A regular guest at the many
Bondstars events at Pinewood Studios, Peter always entertained the fans with his
stories about working on movies such as Death on the Nile, Superman
2 and 3, The Lion in Winter, The Ipcress File and many,
many more he was involved with in a career spanning some sixty years. He worked
alongside Retro's Dave Worrall a few years back on The Eagle Has Landed
DVD documentary, for it was Peter who transformed the private Oxfordshire
village of Mapledurham into the fictional hamlet of Studley Constable as seen in
the film.Cinema Retro mourns the passing of this great artist.
Remember Days of the Thunder, the auto racing pic released 20 years ago that teamed Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman? Although the movie was considered somewhat of an under-performer at the boxoffice, Paramount hopes to reignite interest in the flick through tying in with the mania for NASCAR. The studio is actively licensing a line of T shirts featuring logos from the film and snappy tag lines like: "Rubbin' Is Racin'" and "You Can't Outrun the Thunder." It sounds like a creative ploy, especially since it would derive revenue out of a film that ran out of gas years ago. For more click here
Since your inception as a magazine I am on
board and loved each and every issue and the special issue. Your
site is also great to read every day but today I found it sad to read that you
take a person like Heather Mills as subject for an item on your
blog! What does Heather Mills have to do with your concept of retro
movies from the golden decades of movie
I try to stay away from the type of
readings like Hello and OK magazine with all the fake people like the Victoria
Beckhams, David Beckhams, Lindsay Lohans,... of this world and all those types
of non stars. So to see now this, it is sad that you devote an
item to a person who started in London as a ruthless high class hooker to work
way up the greed ladder to becoming Paul McCartney's wife and now using her fake
prominence to gather still money and spend on plastic surgery and what
Please stop giving us this crap of entries!
Mirko di Wallenberg
Retro responds: Ouch, that hurts! We appreciate your loyalty, Mirko, but as we've pointed out on previous occasions, while our magazine sticks with films of the 60s and 70s, our web site covers a much broader canvas and contains commentary on personalities across the board of the entertainment industry. We publish numerous articles every day and it would be very difficult to just stick with stories about older movies. Naturally, not every article will appeal to every reader, but I think you're over-reacting. This is one article out of well over a thousand we have posted on line. When you read a newspaper, you don't expect every single article to be of interest to you, and it's the same with web sites. Just glance down the articles currently on our home page...virtually every single one has relevance to the subjects that interest you. We only very rarely even mention the name of lightweight "celebrities" such as Ms. Mills. We just can't stand the hypocrisy of some public personalities and call them out when we can. By the way, we are also celebrating our third anniversary of being a "Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton- Free Zone." And to show you there are differences of opinions, see letter below. - Lee Pfeiffer
It's about time someone called out Heather Mills for using charity work as a way of boosting her reputation. What a shame that a true humanitarian like Paul McCartney would have been so short-sighted to have gotten involved with someone like this. Thanks for helping to expose her. I always enjoy the broad subject range of your web site and would like to suggest more reviews of DVDs that many readers may not be aware are out. I just read your review of The Internecine Project with James Coburn and ordered the DVD. If it wasn't for you guys, I wouldn't have even known about this movie.
Retro responds: Thanks, Jim. Regarding those DVD reviews, look for an increase in the number of articles pertaining to more obscure releases by niche market DVD labels in the weeks to come. There are some great titles out there that we'll be showcasing. The same will be true with giving exposure to many interesting book titles that don't often get the proper exposure. And by the way, none of the DVDs or books will feature Heather Mills! - Lee Pfeiffer
UPDATE FEBRUARY 10: Fangoria's web site is back on-line, though it states it is being revamped. We're glad to hear that this long-running magazine is still apparently in business, but the publishers fail to address any of the issues stated in the article below. In fact, there is no explanation at all regarding the bizarre absence of the web site for an extended period of time, nor is there any discussion of the future of the magazine.
The horror movie blogs are on fire with speculation regarding what is going on at Fangoria magazine. The publication, which launched in 1979, has gone through disruptive times with a series of new owners, a bankruptcy and a warehouse fire. There has also been criticism that the magazine was slow to make necessary changes to keep up with the look of modern magazines. Now it appears as though the magazine may no longer be in business. The official web site has been off-line with no message alerting readers as to why. No official from the company has addressed the rumors. The latest issue is on newsstands, but apparently there are no announcements about the next issue or any Fangoria events in the coming months. Regardless of the explanation, the sound of silence by management is bizarre, to say the least. To read the web site's Horror Bid's analysis of the situation, click here