Archive for Oct 98 thru Dec 2001

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From: Robert L. Wheeler
e-mail: robert66@ix.netcom.com
Date: Tue Oct 13 16:07:10 EST 1998

Len Deighton absolutely must write a sequel to "Charity".
He has created a living, breathing person, who though
not so very much different from us ordinary mortals,
consistently behaves honorably in a some very questionable
,but totally engros ing, situations. Bernard cannot just pass into
the void Ian Flemming created fro James Bond.

I've read the whole series through twice and am well into
the third reading (Winter only once)and feel confusingly
close to Bernard.

Robe t Wheeler
Claremont, CA

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From: Graham Gwilliam
e-mail: grahamgwilliam@orangenet.co.uk
Date: Mon Oct 26 02:03:16 EST 1998

Hi,
Was Airshipwreck published in paperback? If so, by whom and when?

Thanks Graham.

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From: Graham A. Johnson
e-mail: gajphx@usa.net
Date: Mon Oct 26 18:08:56 EST 1998

Looks like a lot of us in the USA would love to get our hands on the TV version of Game, Set and Match. I remember watching it back in 1988 (?) on PBS and have tried, unsuccessfully, to track it down.
Has anyone found a source for acquiring a copy of his video - I'd love to see it again.

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From: Len (not Deighton)
e-mail: deblen@ix.netcom.com
Date: Sun Nov 1 12:43:06 EST 1998

Dear Tomlin,
Congratulations on a great site; I was hoping to find such a fan page! I complement the many site visitors' intelligent comments and questions; many took the words right out of my mouth!

Like many others, I was luck enough to "trip over" the tough, sensitive, hard-working and abused civil servant, Bernard Samson, in Game, Set and Match. After stopping to read Winter [so that's where a lot of this story started!] I got on to Hook, Line and Sinker, with several re-vi its to certain books.

Mr. Deighton has me now. On certain winter mornings at my suburban commuter train station, I'm back at the S-Bahnhoff where everybody is shooting at Colonel Moskvin, my boss occasionally becomes Dicky Cruyer and my 80 ye r old Mother can still criticize me well enough to transport us both to Tante Lisle's breakfast room - you know, where Lisle is right and everybody else is either wrong or a criminal?

Ah well, enough of this idle chatter, back to the full i -box in my gray government office. Maybe I'll get out to my favorite deli for lunch (which is beginning to resemble Leuchner's cafe), then it's off for an East Coast business trip where I'll see my brother and his wife (you know, I see more of W rner Volkmann in him with each visit). Just think, by the time I return to work, some new committee will have been formed, my boss will have volunteered me for some job over Christmas . . . and my parking space will have been taken away.

Cheers und beste grusen,

Len (not Deighton)

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From: Ian McWilliam
e-mail: ianmcw@irn.org
Date: Sat Nov 14 05:58:03 EST 1998

It seems to have been a very long time since LD published anything.
Does anybody have any news of him?

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From: Ian Van Tuyl
e-mail: ivt@mindspring.com
Date: Thu Nov 19 08:47:25 EST 1998

I already see ten or twelve postings to the same effect, but I would love to know if anyone has fessed up to holding copies of 1988's Game-Set-Match on video. Even a definitive "no" would be appreciated. Thanks.

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From: Kaley Crossthwaite
e-mail: Kaley+Crossthwaite@Lee-and-allen.com
Date: Thu Dec 24 03:07:24 EST 1998

which of Len's novels contain the words faith hope and charity in the same sentence? Do you know what page they appear on? any help would be really appreciated. thanks.

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From: David Scherer
e-mail: descher@hitter.net
Date: Sat Jan 2 05:19:40 EST 1999

I would appreciate any information about New books that may be in the works. Haven't seen anything recently and was wondering what has happened to Mr. Deighton.

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From: david
e-mail: vangogan@usa.net
Date: Sat Jan 23 15:24:50 EST 1999

Are there any plans for upcoming releases by Len Deighton. I haven't heard anything.

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From: Stephen
e-mail: esq@clara.net
Date: Mon Feb 1 10:35:17 EST 1999

Len D's publisher can be found at http:\\www.harpercollins.co.uk\.
I check it occasionally to see if there is any sign of a new book.
No luck yet.

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From: Matthew Comstock
e-mail: matthewc5@juno.com
Date: Wed Feb 3 01:07:36 EST 1999


Dear John:

It's great to see an LD site on the Web. Thanks for all the effort
you've put into this; it's really appreciated. It's been three years
now since Charity came out. Has LD retired? I know he turns 70 on
the 18th...I gu ss I wouldn't write past retirement either. Every year
he puts out a book like clockwork. Let me know if you find out anything.

P.S. If anybody wants to buy Declarations of War, they should go to
www.bargainbookwarehouse.com. It's a large print version, but it's only
$7(not including shipping).

Cheers,

Matthew Comstock

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From: st%E9phane
e-mail: s290472@hotmail.com
Date: Wed Feb 3 03:01:23 EST 1999

Is there someone who knows when there'll be a NEW BOOK from LD? And by the way, do you think there 'll be a following to the Bernard Samsons books? Last question: is there someone in the south of France who reads LD (I wonder)?
Goodbye, Steven.

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From: Stephen
e-mail: esq@clara.net
Date: Thu Feb 4 11:22:23 EST 1999

I have sent the following e-mail to Harper-Collins LD's Publisher in the UK

I am writing as a occasional contributor to the Unofficial Len Deighton Fan Form at \linus.socs.uts.edu.au\~tomlin\LD\toc.html.
The forum is for fans of LD worldwide to ask questions and exchanges views on LD's great works.
Many different issues are disscussed but by far the most common question is "When is LD going to publish a new booK?"
I have checked out your excelent website but was disappointed to find that here is no news of expected or planned work.
Are you able to provide me, or the forum, with any up to date information?
We all hope that he is going to continue writing, and we hope that the pause in publication is only because he is working on some hing big!!
Many thanks for your attention, in eager anticipation of your reply...
Stephen Squire

Maybe they will let us know what is happening.
I have copied the following mini-biography from their site

Len Deighton

Born in London, he served in the RAF before graduating
from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected
him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working
as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel,
The I cress File, which was published in 1962. He is
now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and
non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the
years, lived with his family in ten different countries from
Aust ia to Portugal.

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From: Stephen
e-mail: esq@clara.net
Date: Sat Feb 6 10:23:23 EST 1999

NEWS NEWS NEWS sort of!
Today I received the following e-mail in reply to the above:



Stephen

Thank you for contacting us via fireandwater.com

I have spoken to Len Deighton's editor and he tells me that Mr Deighton
hasn' written anything since his last book for us, 'Charity'. We have hopes
that he will be writing something this calendar year, but we do not have it
under contract at present.

Please do keep in contact is it is highly probable that this situati n may
change in the near future.

Keep visiting the site. Best wishes.

Tom Goodfellow
(Customer Care Assistant)
Internet Department
HarperCollins Publishers UK
http:\\www.fireandwater.com


What do you all make of it?< r>

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From: Richard
e-mail: kshall@monmouth.com
Date: Wed Feb 10 13:45:51 EST 1999

Like Stephen and so many others I wish LD would write a new book. That's why I went looking for this site. However, I believe LD went out of his way in Charity to wrap up the Bernard series and we're unlikely to hear any more of him. However, if I'm wrong and LD decides to pull a Conan Doyle, at least he won't have to bring his hero back from the dead!

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From: Richard
e-mail: kshall@monmouth.com
Date: Wed Feb 10 13:46:27 EST 1999

Like Stephen and so many others I wish LD would write a new book. That's why I went looking for this site. However, I believe LD went out of his way in Charity to wrap up the Bernard series and we're unlikely to hear any more of him. However, if I'm wrong and LD decides to pull a Conan Doyle, at least he won't have to bring his hero back from the dead!

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From: John Tomlin
e-mail: tomlin@almaden.ibm.com
Date: Sat Feb 27 08:44:47 EST 1999

(Submitted n behalf of kees.stam@tip.nl)
A question from a Palmer-fan from Holland:
Has the soundtrack of the Billion Dollar Brain ever been available ? I
know Ipcress File is available on CD and Funeral in Berlin was available
on record but w at about the last real HP ?
The soudtracks of Bullet to Beijing and Midnight were horrible but what
about their availability ?
Thanks in advance for answering !
Greetings, Kees Stam

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From: Helen
e-mail: Richard@HelenBall.Freeserve.Co.UK
Date: Sun Feb 28 08:50:49 EST 1999

Great to find so many other fans. On the hope I might help Kaley Crossthwaite, as far as I'm aware Faith, Hope & Charity have never appreared together. I have read all 10 Samson books at least 6 or 7 times and I have never seen them together. I don't k ow if it helps.

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From: Pucci Puccio
e-mail: pucci.puccio@flashnet.it
Date: Sun Mar 7 13:38:35 EST 1999

I am just trough his fifth book of the Bernard Samson saga (Spy Line) and I am absolutely crazy about the whole story. I wish Len could read this e-mail, he is really great and I found myself wishing Bernie really existed.
I'm not mad, probably just a it drunk (I'm just back home from a pub in my home city Rome) and I'd like to say hello to all the fans of Mr. Leighton and Mr. Samson.
Good night
Puccio
(I think I need a good sleep)

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From: Pucci Puccio
e-mail: pucci.puccio@flashnet.it
Date: Sun Mar 7 13:42:03 EST 1999

I am still Puccio,
I must say I wouldn't mind having the latest news on Mr. Deighton's books. (you have my e-mail and I would be very grateful I you sent me some message).
Thanks a lot.
Puccio

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From: Robert Welsh
e-mail: welsh-jr@snet.net
Date: Wed Mar 10 12:30:54 EST 1999

I have really enjoyed the Bernard Sampson trilogies.
Any sign of a new series? Any sign of any new novel?

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From: Stephen
e-mail: lexloci@tig.com.au
Date: Tue Mar 30 17:51:01 EST 1999

What side was\is Fiona REALLY on?

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From: Ruben Choudhury
e-mail: ruben_choudhury@hotmail.com
Date: Fri Apr 2 00:00:27 EST 1999

I've been a Len Deighton fan since I was a schoolboy and discovered Bomber. Since then I've read (and have) all his published fiction and enjoyed it all thoroughly. Airshipwreck and Blood Tears and Folly have eluded me so far, perhaps there is not much of a market for them in India. Charity was a disappointment in that it ended the series, but I feel along with many of the other fans that there is no wrapping up to do. As LD wrote in the Silver Jubilee foreword (?Panther Granada) to Berlin Game, Bernard is not the omniscient man he thinks he is, inevitably some of his judgements will be warped. How could he suspect Werner, whom he thinks he outclasses in tradecraft?

Like everyone else I'm thrilled to come across this home page and have explored ever nook of it. I'm also waiting for news of a new novel. As Milward_Oliver says, there are two abandoned novels. One was published as MAMista. The other one, dealing with carrier pilots in the Vietnam war, if I remember, couild still be a possible new Deig ton!

Blitzkrieg was supposed to be part of a forthcoming 10 volume series examining the men and machines of WWII. After Fighter this seems to have been abandoned. Was this material used for Blood Tears and Folly, or is there still hope for more boo s in the series?

Thanks again for the website

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From: Stuart Mason
e-mail: smason@onaustralia.com.au
Date: Mon Apr 5 15:44:41 EST 1999

Hi,

I have found a copy of the first 4 episodes of the Game, Set and Match TV series, ending with Fiona's defection. Can anyone help me in tracking down copies of the other episodes?

Thanks,

Stuart.

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From: Ted Graf
e-mail: tedgraf@aol.com
Date: Wed Apr 7 08:28:39 EST 1999

I heard on the radio that LD has just published a book titled Esperanza. I can't seem to find any details. Does anyone know more about this book?

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From: Richard Corles
e-mail: richard@orangewoodconsulting.com
Date: Wed Apr 7 09:33:43 EST 1999

I found your site today - after asking Amazon.com when Len Deighton will be publishing again. I have really enjoyed the site and the commentary. I did find that the Harry Palmer videos (Bullet to Beijing and Midnight in St Petersburg)are available from mazon at $76.46 and $67.96 respectively! They say that these are priced for video stores. The price should come down in a few months.

I have been an avid fan since I read Ipcress FIle in college. I am hoping that our subject has not decided to r tire.

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From: andrew watts
e-mail: amalgamin@yahoo.com
Date: Tue Apr 13 20:58:00 EST 1999

q1) which side of the thames and tower bridge was
the apartment used in the filming of 'only when i larf'
any further info on it ???

q2) is there a soundtrack available for the film ?

q3) in the opening titles liz ( alexandra stewart
is seen reading a copy of the book with the cover
only showing the 'smiling mouth' . are copies of
that edition available from secondhand bookdealers


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From: John Tomlin
e-mail: tomlin@linus.socs.uts.edu.au
Date: Thu Apr 15 03:05:18 EST 1999

A couple of bits of information:
1) "Esperanza", referred to above, is not a new
Len Deighton book, but a translation into Spanish
of "Hope". Nice for Spanish speakers, but not
what the rest of us were hoping for :-(

2) Kees Stam has put together a very nice Harry Palmer
site, with lots of material I'd never seen before.
I've added links to it in the "Film, TV,Audio" and
and "Spy Novels" sections of this site.

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From: Roxanne
e-mail:
Date: Fri Apr 30 10:10:03 EST 1999

Hey, I've been enjoying your page. I don't know how literate I am *G*
I have a question about Mr. Deighton's book,Winter,that no one seems to know the answer to. Winter is my maiden name.
I know that they did come from Germany originally, but I don t know anything
about the geneology of this part of my family. I'd be very interested to know
how Mr. Deighton came to choose THAT particular name for his novel. I'd be facinated by the answer.
Got one?...Thanks much,glad I found you!
Roxanne

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From: Richard Corles
e-mail:
Date: Sat May 1 04:54:04 EST 1999

I found the web site for J & M Entertainment has a brief synopsis of the recent Michael Caine movies.
Bullet to Beijing is at: http:\\www.jment.com\jmbullet.htm

Midnight in St Petersburg - the sequel - is at
http:\\www.jment.com\jmmidngt.htm br>
Now if we could just find better prices...

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From: Richard Corles
e-mail:
Date: Tue May 25 06:28:10 EST 1999

An additional "Odd and End". LD wrote an article for May 1966 issue of Playboy. Title: Why does my art go boom? Subtitle: as the spy craze continues to spiral skyward, the author of "the ipcress file" files a personal report on the phenomenon.

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From: Richard Corles
e-mail:
Date: Tue May 25 06:28:29 EST 1999

An additional "Odd and End". LD wrote an article for May 1966 issue of Playboy. Title: Why does my art go boom? Subtitle: as the spy craze continues to spiral skyward, the author of "the ipcress file" files a personal report on the phenomenon.

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From: Benjamin E. Wallacker
e-mail: bewallacker@ucdavis.edu
Date: Wed May 26 00:05:26 EST 1999

I will appreciate any leads to the theme music, the eerie liturgical choral music, in the 13-part Granada TV series of 1987, GAME, SET, MATCH.

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From: Sam Skoog
e-mail:
Date: Wed May 26 09:17:07 EST 1999

Replying to Benjamin E. Wallacker's question
about the music from Game, Set, Match, I don't
recall choral music in particular, but the viola
stuff is quite striking. It's by Richard Harvey,
who got the composer credit for the film. Two
tr cks from the film are on:
Shroud for a Nightingale - the Screen Music of
Richard Harvey. CD is from Silva Screen
Records, FILMCD 172.

I just ordered it, so don't know what it's like.

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From: D R Partridge %28Skywhale Project%29
e-mail:
Date: Sat Jun 5 20:54:07 EST 1999

Where does Mr Deighton's airship interest arise from (if you'll excuse the slight pun)? Is he still involved in airship history projects?

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From: Dave
e-mail:
Date: Thu Jun 10 09:23:39 EST 1999

Len Deighton is truely one of the greatest geniuses the litery world has know, From Berlin Game to Charity I found myself gripped by his indepth portrayal of the characters, and Bernard Samson will always remain the one of the worlds greatest hero's . Hav ng just finished Deightons "Winter" I feel I have a greater understanding of war time germany than any history lesson ever could provide.
thge next book......well here's to waiting!(I Cant!)

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From: Ruben Choudhury
e-mail:
Date: Thu Jul 15 04:24:48 EST 1999

In answer to Roxanne's query about the origin of the name Winter: LD has said that he chose the name Samson for Bernard partly in reference to the canny, practical, arms salesman in the short story "Bonus for a salesman" (Declarations of War). There is an ther story in that collection called "Winter's Morning" featuring a Major Richard Winter. Perhaps.....

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From: Luis Gouveia
e-mail: lgouveia@fc.ul.pt
Date: Thu Jul 15 22:53:53 EST 1999

Hello Folks
I have read some of the comments on "Charity".
In one sense I agree that "Charity" is a bit of a
disapointment and that some of Bernards' conclusions
cannot be true
considering what we have read in Spy Sinker.
What the "inclu ion" of Spy Sinker told us in this
decalogy is that much of what we read in the
"Samson's point of view" books is definitely not
true.

We also see comments od different people which
do not seem to be true. For instance, at the
beg nning of Mexico Set Dick
Cruyer is complaining that Bret sent him to Mexico
because he wants him away from London.
In Spy Sinker, there is a comment where Bret
says that he does not like at all that
Bernard and Dick are away.

A rath r nice experience
is to read again Faith, Hope and
Charity with this is mind and trying to guess what
is true or not.

For instance, at the end of Faith I was not that
surprised that Verdi was killed. It looks like
it was killed by t e "good" guys (the ones behind
Fiona's defection) because they do not want
the rest of the people know what East Germany
knows about the famous shooting in teh Autobahn.
In fact, it is quite a coincidence that Werner
has just ledt the room hen Verdi was killed.

Another idea is that Verdi is completely unimportant.
Important is his father which seems to know
quite a lot about Bernard's father.

Another possibility is that I am being paranoid
and the explanation is quite simple.

While this can be quite fun, I still think that
reading books and guessing that much is not true
may not be that enjoyable. The idea I get when
reading Charity is that "sand is being sent into
my eyes" which is a word-by-word tr nslation of a
portuguese
expression simply stating that I am being mislead.
Summarizing, in terms of the "real" story I did
not believe a word of Charity.

Well Folks, if someone wants to change ideas
about these stories, let me know

Luis

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From: Rick Saarimaki
e-mail:
Date: Fri Jul 30 01:51:05 EST 1999

Like so many others, I too am looking for a north american copy of Game, Set & Match.

Will cover costs to duplicate....

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From: Nigel Turner
e-mail:
Date: Sat Aug 14 03:01:40 EST 1999

What we really need is a bridge(s?) between "Winter" and "Berlin Game". What really happend to the Winter brothers(in detail), What did Brian Samson get up to, and what of Bernard's earlier years as a spy?. We have hints, of course, but what about filli g in the details Mr Deighton? There are 38 years between the end of Winter and the beginning of "Game" It's about time Mr D. put us out of our misery.

Len deighton's books are great, we need more of them.

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From: wolf winkler
e-mail:
Date: Mon Sep 6 12:34:02 EST 1999

are there any new books by Len Deighton coming
out soon?

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From: Tom Nelthorpe
e-mail:
Date: Sat Sep 18 10:54:21 EST 1999

One possible reason for a reluctance on the part of LD to continue the Samson trilogy might be the kids. I always found their position in the story to be a bit ambiguous, and Charity's conclusion seemed to leave them out on a limb. Billy and Sally as mood teenagers, anyone?

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From: ANTHONY C. COLLINS
e-mail: ACOLLINS@VOA.GOV
Date: Tue Sep 21 05:40:33 EST 1999


PLEASE ADD ME TO THE LIST OF THOSE LOOKING FOR GAME SET AND MATCH ON VIDEO.

I CAN USE EITHER PAL OR NTSC. WILL BE GLAD TO PAY FOR DUPLICATION.

THANKS.

TONY COLLINS

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From: John Coughlin
e-mail:
Date: Wed Sep 29 05:51:40 EST 1999

Help! Once upon a time I had Guess What? Yes it was true, The complete TV series of Game Set & Match on video. Unfortunatly these have been destroyed without my knowledge.
Has anyone out there got a copy or do you know where I can get one?. I know this is a difficult request.
From a Deighton Fan since Adam was knee high to a grasshopper.

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From: elaine
e-mail:
Date: Sun Oct 3 20:03:51 EST 1999


Can any Len Deighton expert out there please tell me in which one of his novels a London thoroughfare "runs north from Oxford Street and there are few who will blame it !"

I would be grateful for any info - I need to find out before the 19th O tober and I don't think I would be able to read them all before then !

Elaine

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From: Nigel Dawes
e-mail:
Date: Fri Oct 15 06:37:54 EST 1999

Elaine
"Charlotte street runs north from Oxford Street and there are few who will blame it."Is the first sentance from chapter thirteen of Funeral in Berlin.Im no expert just happened to be reading it at the time.

Game Set and Match on video an one?
Dont all rush at once!

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From: Jim Britt
e-mail: brittphoto@aol.com
Date: Wed Oct 27 02:31:22 EST 1999

I have the set of video's that I taped when the series
ran on Public Television here and in re-veiwing
them after at least 10 years, I was hooked again and
ended up rereading everything. Fantastic mesmerising
stuff.... hope there is more to c me, if not, guess
we'll just have to re-read and re-view.
Jim Britt

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From: Luis Gouveia
e-mail:
Date: Thu Nov 4 02:52:27 EST 1999

Anyone heard about a book by LD called "Painting with Darkness"???

It is listed in Amazon.

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From: chris martin
e-mail:
Date: Fri Nov 19 07:42:55 EST 1999

Hi, Deighton fans., Here is one you might not know about.
In 1994 I published a play written by Len Deighton. Deighton agreed to my
publishing a limited edition of just 226 copies, each numbered and 76 signed
by the publisher. This play was writ en just after Deighton completed 'The
Ipcress File', and contains a preface by Deighton, as well as facsimile
pages of the author's original manuscript. I now only have a few copies of
the standard edition numbered 51 - 226. They are Mint in a Mi t glassine d\w
and are numbered and can be signed by the publisher. Hope this information
will be useful. If you would like to buy the book please let me know.

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From: Ted Graf
e-mail:
Date: Sat Dec 18 12:14:02 EST 1999

I have the 12-part Game, Set, Match videos - complete except for the introductory portion of episode 1. These were taped off the air when originally broadcast by PBS using a Beta VCR- quality is pretty good. I can duplicate the approx. 12 hours on VHS for $48.00 (U.S.), postage would be extra. Email me if interested in getting a copy.

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From: Ted Graf
e-mail:
Date: Sat Dec 18 12:14:50 EST 1999

I have the 12-part Game, Set, Match videos - complete except for the introductory portion of episode 1. These were taped off the air when originally broadcast by PBS using a Beta VCR- quality is pretty good. I can duplicate the approx. 12 hours on VHS for $48.00 (U.S.), postage would be extra. Email me if interested in getting a copy. tedgraf@aol.com

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From: Jean-Paul Martin
e-mail:
Date: Fri Jan 7 05:21:27 EST 2000

Great site!

I have not seen a lot of useless trivia here yet, so allow me to contribute my own. I enjoyed Mr. Deighton's books tremendously over the years and it's difficult for me to single one out. "Bomber" is probably my favorite, not le st because it affords me a chance to show that my expensive college education was not a total waste. A few paragraphs into the first chapter, Mr. Deighton indicates that the casualty rate of British night bombing raids is 5%. He goes on to explain that t would therefore be "3 times impossible to survive [two tours of duty]" (0.05 x 60 missions = 3). Since we've all been told in school that probabilities can never exceed 1, there must be something wrong with the author's conclusions. It turns out that his probability is not 3 but 0.95; still a terrifying prospect. - i.e. airmen would stand a 95.4% chance of not surviving 60 missions assuming a 5% average casualty rate per mission - A 5% casualty rate implies a 95% survival rate, which means a 4 6% chance of surviving 60 missions (= .95 to the 60th power), which means 95.4% chance of NOT surviving 60 missions (= 100 - 4.6).

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From: Josef Szabolcsi
e-mail: amdk6@freemail.c3.hu
Date: Fri Jan 7 06:35:39 EST 2000

I live in Hungary (Middle-East Europe), and I'd like to
read the book "Bomber". But I can't borrow the book
from anywhere. Could anyone send me an electronic version
?

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From: Mike
e-mail:
Date: Sun Jan 9 17:49:35 EST 2000

LD, as far as I know, has not exactly said Charity will definitely be the last book in Bernard Samson series (although that seems to be view of the press). Authors note at the beginning of Charity: "writing ten books about the same group of people has pro ed a demanding labour but certainly labour of love". But - no mention of Charity being the last Samson (keeping up the hope!). In my opinion, Charity did end quite abruptly, and I was left thinking would Fiona really adapt to leaving her high end SIS job for being a Berlin housewife! But you can never tell about individuals -

Does anyone have any info on what LD is planning to do next?

Oh yes, and greetings from Portugal where I was having holiday couple of months ago - not very far away fr m LD's Portugal home I think (didn see him though). It was a great place to visit. As it happens, we'll probably visit Berlin the next hol and I'll be looking forward to check out Bernie's fav streets.

Mike

And, great next millennium to eve y Len Deighton fan, and the man himself.


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From: Mike
e-mail:
Date: Sun Jan 9 18:12:21 EST 2000

Hi Jean-Paul,

my contribution to useless trivia...

Probablilty rates: this is statistics - ie. dangerous grounds (have your excel 2000 ready?). Actually probabilities can exceed one in longer time periods: 3 times impossibility to survive in 2 hours of duty gives you probability of surviving up to 39 mins.

I'm still trying to get my hands to Bomber - no copies on book stores or libraries - so my comment could miss some fine details in the book. But I find it unprobably Len Deighton wo ld have made a mistake here, as he hasnt done too many mistakes in his other work.

Best regards,

Mike

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From: Mike
e-mail:
Date: Sun Jan 9 18:26:09 EST 2000

Hi Josef,

I think your best bet would bet to order it from UK (cheaper) or German online bookstore - the book itself wont be available online.

Mike

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From: Kevin Davis
e-mail:
Date: Fri Jan 14 04:12:54 EST 2000

Very much enjoyed the site and will visit again as there seems to be ongoing debate.
Am at present halfway through Sinker. I have followed the series in order until I bought Faith instead of Sinker, went on holiday, finished Line while on holiday and s ent 2 days debating whether to read Faith out of order. It may actually be better to read the 2 books in this order since you get Bernard's point of view first.
Anyway, to get to the point, I am looking for audiobooks of Game,Set,Match (preferably rea with an English accent) but can't find anything at Amazon. Any ideas?
Thanks

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From: Steve Gibbs
e-mail:
Date: Mon Jan 17 15:06:18 EST 2000

I think that a book covering the career of Samson's father would be great. It seems from some of the things said in the books that the man was done dirty by the SIS in some fashion. We do see him at the end of Winter but there is a tale untold.
I a so would like to see a followup to Blood Sweat and Tears.

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From: Ron Faircloth
e-mail:
Date: Fri Feb 11 03:50:57 EST 2000

Has anyone discovered a source for copies of the GAME, SET, MATCH TV mini-series from the 1980's ??

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From: Ron Faircloth
e-mail:
Date: Fri Feb 11 05:24:32 EST 2000

An earlier msg indicated the Game, Set, Match was available from the "For Video" web site. I haven't been able to find an address for that. If anyone knows it please email me at ronfaircloth@compuserve.com thanks.

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From: Mike
e-mail:
Date: Thu Feb 17 06:58:39 EST 2000

Love the page.
Have a suggestion. I've gone to www.abika.com and requested some Deighton books. Check them out. They may be able to get you some books for free, if you are interested.

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From: charles ashmore
e-mail:
Date: Fri Feb 25 01:02:06 EST 2000

at the risk of asking something that has been asked and answered many times before, can anyone help me obtain a copy of GAme set and match on video? I would be happy to pay for copying etc..
help please.

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From: Prabal Ray
e-mail:
Date: Sat Feb 26 02:42:56 EST 2000

I know this information has been put here before but since there are so many people asking the same question, here is what Granada say:

Further to your enquiry about Game Set and Match.

This was available on video when the series originally as shown but has now
been deleted.

Unfortunately the author, Len Deighton, was not entirely happy with our
adaptation so after ten years the rights reverted back to him.

We can therefore not re-show it or release it on video. We have o plans
for any follow ups either.

Sorry to disappoint..

Paula Sherratt
Duty Officer
Granada Television
Tel 0161 827 2405
email: paula.sherratt@granadamedia.com

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From: Prabal Ray
e-mail:
Date: Sat Feb 26 03:06:44 EST 2000

Just a few very quick comments on the Samson series: what a wonderful sequence of novels! At a time when authors reduce their novels to the bare essentials it's wonderful to find an author who glories in detail, setting a scene, building characters etc. S me of the scenes are just so evocative. The trip to Poland and the stay with that weird family will live in my mind forever! Well here are my points:

(a) the story seemed to be heading inexorably towards the permanent breakdown of Bernard and Fiona s marriage. The natural conclusion would have been for them to split up and for Bernard to marry Gloria. Really Bernard and Fiona had hardly anything in common. The obvious thing would have been for Fiona and Brett to marry.
(b) Was it not cruel of the DG & Silas to keep Bernard in the dark? Fiona should have insisted on him being told about the whole plan. Then when she defected he would have known that she was a double and would not have ended up having the affair with Gloria. I know that the DG thoug t that it would add to the authenticity as far as the soviets being suspicious of Fiona was concerned, but I'm not convinced that this was a valid reason.
(c) One thing that puzzled me was the way that in one novel Werner is about to marry Lisl's n ece Ingrid, he has taken over the hotel and is doing it all up. In the next book, he has broken up with Ingrid, is back with Zena, Lisl is back in charge of the hotel, and she has reversed all of Werner's changes! Odd change of mind by LD!
(d) LD's introduction to Faith suggests that it was reader pressure that caused him to add to the sequence after "Sinker". Let's all keep writing to the publisher. I'm sure it can't be the end.

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From: Andy
e-mail:
Date: Sat Mar 11 11:21:00 EST 2000

I've found a book called 'painting with darkness' by a 'Len Deighton' on various on-line book ordering services. They classify it under espionage fiction, but I've never even heard of it - as far as I knew he hadn't written anything new for 3 years, and et it is a 1998 issue. Does anyone know if it is the same LD, and if so is it an Americanised version of a more familiar title (like Catch a Falling Spy, etc). It is by Chivers Press, whom I have never known to publish his work, any info??? Cheers

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From: Andy
e-mail:
Date: Sat Mar 11 11:26:59 EST 2000

P.S I did read the earlier question on this but there didn't appear to be a reply....

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From: Claire Wright
e-mail:
Date: Tue Mar 14 11:00:40 EST 2000

Dear All,

I have just finished reading City of Gold having read and re-read the Sampson books. If any of you out there have not read City of Gold, go and do so now!! It is fantastic, and also is begging to be made into a film

Also I have to ggree with some of the above comments, a book or books to fill in the years between the end of Winter and Berlin Game is\are essential - please write some more LD!

Great site!

Claire

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From: Jacob
e-mail:
Date: Wed Apr 5 08:59:30 EST 2000

In my own humble opinion, SS-GB and Bomber are two of the greatest novels ever written

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From: HARRY PALMER
e-mail:
Date: Thu Apr 13 22:43:44 EST 2000

AM AN AFICIONADOS OF LEN DEIGHTON SINCE THE =IPCRESS FILE= WHICH I READ IN LATE '70 AND SINCE THEN HVE BOUGHT AND READ ALL BOOKS OF LD PUBLISHED IN ITALY - THE PROBLEM IS THT THE LAST BOOK OF 2ND TRILOGY AND ALL THREE OF THE 3RD TRILOGY HVE NEVER BEEN PUB ISHED
AND WONDER HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THT THE ITALIAN EDITOR STOPPED A NAME LIKE LEN DEIGHTON - EVEN IF THE MATTER ARE MONEY ARE (THE EDITORS) NOT JUSTIFIED - IS THERE ANYBODY CAPABLE TO MAKE PRESSURE ON THE ITALIANS TO PUBLISH THE MISSING TITLE ?

IN THE MEANTIME AMOBLIGED AND PLEASED TO READ ONE MORE TIME THE OLD BOOKS.

REGARDS TO ALL =LD= AFICIONADOS AND TO MR L.DEIGHTON WHICH WUD BE A BIG PLEASURE TO
TALK WITH DISCUSSING OF LITERATURE, HIS HEROES,AD HIS PRODUCTION IN GENERAL.

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From: derek paul roberts
e-mail: delroberts1@netscapeon.co.uk
Date: Sun Apr 23 01:03:12 EST 2000

Having collected all of L.D.s first edition hardback books (including a taty ex libris copy of ipcess file), does the author do book signings?
Is L.D. in the process of writing a new book, and if so what is the subject matter and when is release?

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From: Martin Suter
e-mail:
Date: Mon Apr 24 20:20:04 EST 2000

Sorry to ask the same question again, but I have not found a final answer yet: Has anyone a video copy of the tv series Game, Set and Match and is willing to draw a copy for a reasonable price? (covering tapes, work and postage)
I am living in Switzerl nd and will require a European VHS version.

I am a big LD fan, hoping desperately to catch a copy of the series.

And, many thanks to you John for maintaining this great site.

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From: Morten Kiilerich
e-mail: morten_kiilerich@hotmail.com
Date: Tue May 16 20:23:58 EST 2000

Hi everyone!
Yes, the milliondollar question is: Is it LD's sincere decission to end the story of Bernard, or is it just the press' interpretation? Furthermore, I agree, that a novel covering the period for Winter to the first Samson-book is needed. What was Brian Samsons role, how did Bernie and Werner meet etc.
Morten Kiilerich, Denmark.

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From: M Leigh
e-mail:
Date: Sun Jun 4 23:02:46 EST 2000

Does anyone know which advertising agency Len Deighton worked at - and in what capacity?
Thank you

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From: Norman Dickinson
e-mail:
Date: Sun Jun 11 01:25:02 EST 2000

I have started a Len Deighton discussion group. It's only very small at the moment but you could make all the difference by subscribing and sending a black e mail to

LenDeighton@egroups.com

Norman Dickinson
List owner

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From: Ray Burtner
e-mail:
Date: Sat Jun 17 09:10:50 EST 2000

I am an avid fan. Are any new works by Mr. Deighton in the offing?

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From: greg
e-mail:
Date: Fri Jun 23 22:36:20 EST 2000

An avid reader of Deighton since the 60's, I too wonder when we will see more of his work. Had actually thought he may have died and I missed it but it seems retirement has its attractions. Here in Australia, we did not see Bullets in Beijing or Midnight in St Petersburg so I can only wonder if they were any good.
Hope something is in the offing.

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From: peter
e-mail:
Date: Mon Jun 26 23:55:40 EST 2000

Just found this site, its great!
Concerning Crossthwaite question concerning Faith, Hope
and Charity is found on the same line in Bomber.
A rookie Lanc crew is called Faith, Hope and
Charity.

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From: Wayne Rainey
e-mail:
Date: Tue Jul 18 11:36:35 EST 2000

I remember seeing awhile ago a PBS movie of Berlin Game. Does anyone know if it's available to purchase?

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From: Dave
e-mail:
Date: Sun Jul 30 03:34:25 EST 2000

I'm an avid fan, and especially enjoyed the spy and war novels. Esp Bomber, Goodbye Mickey Mouse, and Winter. As a former secret policeman, I noticed there are some items in the spy novels that could only have come from an "insider". The only int connection in LD's background appears to be the "air force photographer" thing which is usually in the field of military intelligence. The authenticity is one of the attractive ingredients.

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From: GUSTAVO
e-mail: gustavoc@damicoint.com
Date: Wed Aug 16 20:48:47 EST 2000

am an italian reader fan of len deighton since his
first book =the ipcress file= and since tht book i
read all his books published in italy.

however publication of the len deighton opera
stopped since the 2nd volume of the second samson
trilogy.

wonder whether anyone is able advise whether the
remaining books will be printed in italy or not,

I.E. 3rd volume\2nd trilogy and all three volumes
of the 3rd trilogy

%2B
however, my personal opinion is tht len deighton
is much more better than :

ian fleming
john le carre
robert harris
etc
etc

for sake of good order

regards to all LD aficionados










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From: Ted Graf
e-mail:
Date: Fri Sep 8 14:00:20 EST 2000

I have one copy of the 12-part GSM series on two VHS tapes. I'd rate picture quality as fair to good. Will sell for what I paid ($78). Email me if interested.

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From: Ted Graf
e-mail:
Date: Fri Sep 8 14:03:29 EST 2000

I notice my message didn't carry my email address forward. It is tedgraf@aol.com.

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From: Luc
e-mail: micky@sympatico.ca
Date: Thu Sep 14 11:49:59 EST 2000

Chivers audio books has outstanding complete
length audio books of all three Samson trilogies.
They are nothing short of excellent! I've listened
to all nine of them. I went from Berlin Game
through Charity over a two month span in the
car while commuting to work. They are very well
read by Paul Daneman(in particular) and James
Faulkner (Hope and Charity) with each character
having a different voice and accent. Fantastic way
to go from start to finish of the whole story!

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From: Claire
e-mail:
Date: Wed Sep 20 08:26:13 EST 2000

Do you have general info on the life of Len Deighton - where he was born & when, any pictures & famous work etc, that I could use for a project?

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From: st%E9phane
e-mail: s290472@hotmail.com
Date: Mon Oct 2 21:32:45 EST 2000

Hello Fan
does anyone knows if there'll be the pursuit of the samson's story?

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From: Tom Masters
e-mail:
Date: Tue Oct 10 08:44:53 EST 2000

What is the name of the movie version (possibly a tv movie) of LD's novel "Goodbye Mickey Mouse"? I know there is one because I saw it on TV (in Canada) several years ago. Any help gratefully received.

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From: frisco
e-mail:
Date: Mon Oct 23 12:25:57 EST 2000

Question: Near the end of Charity when Samson & Werner visit the Autobaun in East Germany, Samson mentions that his father's gun is among the items in the ditch along with the body of Thurkettle \ the money \ the plastic gun. I have a vauge recollection (it's been a while since I read the first 6 books of the series) of Samson throwing his gun away after the shootout, but I don't recall it having anything to do with the Thurkettle \ Prettyman payoff meeting. Does anyone have an explanation? Thanks in advance!

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From: Michael Sheley
e-mail: gmsjav@hotmail.com
Date: Feb 01 16:45:57 2001

I thought that I had read all three of the Samson trilogies sometime ago and enjoyed them immensely. However, somehow I had missed "Sinker" which I just read and which of course changed everything including my perception of the ending in "Charity." In view of this I have a couple of basic comments and three specific questions that I would like for anyone to take a crack at answering. I would love to e-mail Mr. Deighton if possible.

It is difficult for me to see how someone as supposely intelligent and as well trained as Bernard could fail to tumble to the fact that his wife was a double agent, preparing to fake a defection to the East while having a NINE YEAR affair with another man. Assuming all of that, however, I resented the fact that once he found out there was only acceptance no sense of outrage, no confrontations, and no vindication. As a reader who had come to identify with Bernard I really needed to see that. Further, it was hard to accept the supposed, continued longing of Fiona for Bernard and her family when she was betraying them all with her continued infidelity. It just didn't ring true to life. She certainly didn't deserve to get Bernard back in the end. He deserved Gloria and she deserved national acclaim for her service and a life of boredom with the likes of Brett...at best. It also didn't ring true that a supposed knockout like Gloria would settle for a man in or near his sixties. Finally, LD kept portraying Bernard as a man who considered himself old and needing security when in fact a man in his early to middle forties is in the height of his professional skills and abilities. Bernard should have been allowed to go into the private sector and make more money with greater prestige and to tell a Dept that neither appreciated or deserved him to "shove it."

My questions are:

(1)How could Tessa report to Bernard after going to Holland to visit her aunt, that Fiona reported seeing Bernard at the airport? That was an imposter impersonating Fiona as part of Moskvin's ill-fated plan.

(2)In the note accompanying her aborted suicide attempt, Fiona claimed that her affair with Kennedy had ruined her marriage. In fact it certainly should have after 9 years of betrayal, but Bernard didn't know of the affair at that point. What should we make of this? (As a point the note was not satisfying to the reader because she didn't show any remorse for her actions or for what she had done to her husband. Only that her lover didn't love her as much as he loved Marx)

(3)Finally, my biggest question,and one that has been chewing away at my subconscious; Werner outlined a getaway plan for Fiona that included her getting into a car and driving to the Autobahn alone to be picked up by "somebody." Stennis was to be lured to the site on the pretext of concluding a drug deal and Werner said that Kennedy would have to be "neutralized" if he were in the area at the time of the repatriation attempt. So why did they all three arrive in the same car? Why was Kennedy there at all?

Thanks, for letting me get all of this off of my chest. As you can tell I really got into these books and in spite of my seemingly critical remarks I enjoyed them (except for the ending) tremendously.

I would love to discuss all of the above with anyone who might be so interested or inclined.

Mike Sheley

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From: Sherry
e-mail:
Date: Fri Apr 27 15:49:09 EST 2001

Hey Tomlin,

First of all GREAT SITE!!!!! I'm thrilled to know I'm not at all alone in my passion of LD Novels!!
I too am a huge fan of the B.S. double trilogy.
But my all time favorite is Goodbye, Mickey Mouse. This book moved me in a way I wont explain because I wouldn't want to ruin the experience for any possible future reader!
I want all LD fans to read this book ASAP!
Len Deighton is my MENTOR AND MY HERO!

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From: Daniel D%EDez Via%F1a
e-mail:
Date: Fri May 4 03:31:51 EST 2001

there is a film about bomber?

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From: R A Brose
e-mail:
Date: Tue May 8 08:40:53 EST 2001

This is very exciting! Do you think we could all get together and write to Mr. Deighton through his publisher? I too feel Charity did not really end the series. How about Bret bites the big one, Samson goes to the funeral and of course consoles the absolutely lovely Gloria and then tries long distance information to inform Fi that it's over!

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From: william p nastase (forwarded by the site owner)
e-mail:
Date: Wed Jun 6 02:52:50 EST 2001

Does anyone else read the Bernard Samson series and long for a more initimate acquaintance with that world? I've read and reread those novels, and the only person I can imagine inhabiting the persona of Bernard Samson is ... Russell Crowe! He has at once the stubborn loyalty and the ruthless intractibility of that character. Just watch L. A. Confidential and tell me he isn't perfect for the part... Also, Emma Thompson, or someone like, for the part of Fiona
I for one would like to see Bernard Samson on the large screen portrayed by the man who would most do the part justice--is there anyone who can set this dream in motion???

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From: Paull Burt
e-mail:
Date: Thu Jun 7 18:42:09 EST 2001

I am also an avid reader of Len's spy novels and would love to get a video set of Game, Set & Match. Surely if enough of us are around we can split the cost up. Maybe we can get it run here in Australia again.

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From: Mickey Sarles
e-mail: sarles.mickey@epa.gov
Date: Fri Jun 8 06:25:08 EST 2001

Just want to say that Len Deighton is one of my
favorite authors - the Bernard Samson trilogies my
most loved. Am re-reading them now, and my
daughter is doing the same.

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From: Ernie
e-mail:
Date: Sun Jun 10 05:33:21 EST 2001

Re: the oft asked question of VHS videos of GSM..
I have a full set of the series and will willingly copy them if anyone will reimburse costs of tapes, postage etc.
Let me know if you're interested.
PS I'm only doing this because we can't buy the videos anywhere.

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From: Tim Sullivan
e-mail:
Date: Sat Jun 16 21:04:53 EST 2001

Ernie, I would be very interested in acquiring copies of the GSM videos in VHS format, and I'd happily reimburse you for your costs. Can you please email details to me at tsullivan@ga.prestige.net ?

Thanks!

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From: Mike McCann
e-mail:
Date: Thu Jun 21 10:50:42 EST 2001

I am confused,in Spyline Bernard is informed by Posh Harry of the suicide death of Rudi Kleindorf, and in the ensuing conversation appears to have limited knowledge of Rudis' father, however in Charity Rudi appears again and although the description seems to be of Kleindorf senior, they both share the same nickname of der grosse klein, and no explanation is given to the fact that ownership of the Babylon club must now be in the hands of the father.

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From: Jon
e-mail:
Date: Sat Jun 23 02:55:30 EST 2001

Ernie, I am very interested in a set of the Game Set & Match videos. Unfortunatly your e-mail address was not included, but I owuld be grateful if you could e-mail me at smeg@emirates.net.ae I will gladly reimburse you any costs and if there is anything I can help you with I shall be pleased to assist.

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From: Joe
e-mail:
Date: Thu Jun 28 02:42:07 EST 2001

Ernie: I, as well, would be happy to reimburse you for the costs of copying your GSM tapes. Please contact me at harleyjr@earthlink.net with info on what you need.

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From: N. Six
e-mail: nasix@flash.net
Date: Fri Jul 6 05:48:59 EST 2001

My 11 yr. old son got interested in Fighter, and he is enjoying it very much. Although he reads often, it's unusual that he can stay interested in adult-level material like this. I read Blitzkrieg, and I'm impressed with Deighton's breadth of knowledge and his willingness to face unpleasant historical facts. Major surprise of Blitzkrieg - France was where Guderian's panzer tactics were most effectively and thoroughly employed.

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From: nigel dawes
e-mail:
Date: Wed Jul 11 04:28:49 EST 2001

Ernie if your serious about your offer please email me i have been trying to get a copy of GSM for over 2 years.
bignige1@hotmaal.com

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From: nigel dawes
e-mail:
Date: Wed Jul 11 04:32:47 EST 2001

sorry

bignige1@hotmail.com

oh and any of the above had any luck with Ernies offer?

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From: syd duckett
e-mail:
Date: Wed Jul 18 01:29:24 EST 2001

I know this has been asked mant times, but does Mr Deighton have anything else in the pipeline, Bernard related or not ? He is getting on a bit now so it may well be he has decided to hang up his typewriter ?
If you know of anything can you please reply
Regards
Syd

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From: Martin Suter
e-mail:
Date: Thu Aug 9 05:15:06 EST 2001

Hi Ernie,
As a big LD fan, I also would be very interested in a VHS copy of the tv-series (and of course I would pay for your expenses), so I if you are able to send me a copy please contact me

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From: Martin Suter
e-mail:
Date: Thu Aug 9 05:17:08 EST 2001

Hi Ernie,
As a big LD fan, I also would be very interested in a VHS copy of the tv-series (and of course I would pay for your expenses), so I if you are able to send me a copy please contact me

Here's my Email:
M_Suter_Email@yahoo.com

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From: james
e-mail:
Date: Thu Aug 30 20:16:56 EST 2001

Hi,
I am a very big fan of LD, and remeber the 1980's TV series of GSM. I would love to have a copy and of course would be willing to pay for a copy of all 13 episodes. Please e-mail me with info.

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From: Gariesh Sharma
e-mail:
Date: Fri Aug 31 03:11:58 EST 2001

Ernie,

Please can I have a copy of GSM?

Thanks,

Gariesh

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From: Gariesh Sharma
e-mail:
Date: Fri Aug 31 03:13:52 EST 2001

Ernie,

My email is
gariesh_sharma@ml.com

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From: ernie
e-mail:
Date: Sun Sep 2 10:25:54 EST 2001

JAMES, your e-mail address was not displayed. e-mail me at
erniewoodhall@waitrose.com

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From: jerome koch
e-mail:
Date: Tue Sep 11 02:53:50 EST 2001

loved Winter. I spent 3 years in germany, and found his desriptions of germany and german history very accurate. Loved the Sampson series too

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From: Bruce Cameron
e-mail:
Date: Mon Sep 17 07:08:41 EST 2001

I am one of those who would like to obtain a decent copy of Game, Set & Match. Please contact me if you know where I can get one.

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From: Bruce Cameron
e-mail:
Date: Mon Sep 17 07:15:35 EST 2001

I would like to obtain a video copy of Game, Set & Match. Please contact if you know how I can do so.

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From: Bruce Cameron
e-mail:
Date: Mon Sep 17 07:20:36 EST 2001

Looking for a copy of GSM. Since my two previous messages didn't list my email address, I will type it in the body of my message. bcameron929@earthlink.net

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From: James Beaumont
e-mail:
Date: Wed Sep 26 22:39:31 EST 2001

Did anyone ever have the opinion that Gloria was sent to spy on Bernard regardless of what she had to do? And, did she know that her father was doing the false dental work for the department in regards to Tessa's death?

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From: paul flynn
e-mail:
Date: Thu Sep 27 20:34:58 EST 2001

Has anyone spotted any comments LD has made on the WTC bombing?

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From: Ian Bra mhall
e-mail:
Date: Mon Oct 8 22:00:29 EST 2001

Like many others.
Copy of G.S.M required, any information welcome.

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From: Mark Leyton
e-mail:
Date: Wed Oct 10 03:36:24 EST 2001

Hi all:

1. If you look up the list there is a guy called Ted Graf that has a copy of GSM video for sale. I bought a copy and was glued to the TV for days. I had to kick the rotten kids out of the way of the TV so I could see my tapes. So pay up and enjoy the story. Also if you look up the list you will see the comment from Granada TV about not being able to rebroadcast the show. After seeing the tapes I can see why LD might be upset.

2. I wrote to LD's literary agent in London asking if LD will be adding to the Samson series. The reply said LD has no plans to add to the story at the moment. But he may in the future.

3. As with most of the comments I can not accept Charity is the end. There are too many loose ends and major inconsistencies. The big one being does anyone really expect Fiona to head back to Berlin and live happily ever after with Bernard? If you accept that then I have a bridge to sell to you%85 I think the last series should be called Going, Going, Gone. That would be a fitting title if we could ever get the end out of LD. But after reading other LD's books, I feel he prefers a loose and open-ended ending to a neat and tidy one. A classic example would be "An expensive Place to Die." (I think that is the correct title. The book sits on top of the toilet paper in the bathroom so I can read a page or two when%85)

4. Now to the important stuff. I have read how many out there have read and reread the Samson books. I want you to put on your thinking caps and help me out. We all know how Teacher and Samson went to the Brandenburg Exit to get Fiona out of the east. How come Fiona, Harry Kennedy and Erich Stinnes were there waiting? Can anyone give me a reasonable story that puts those three at that exit. For example, I could say they were all into drug dealing and were at the exit to either pick up or deliver drugs. But that scenario does not fit well with the overall picture we know. So come on you Samson fans send me you're best reasons and justification for those three being there. Send all ideas to tessrules@hotmail.com

That's all folks!

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From: Colin
e-mail:
Date: Wed Oct 10 16:24:03 EST 2001

Thanks for the opportunity to air this comment.

I do enjoy reading Len Deighton books, and yes, here it comes, there is a downside.

Have just been reading through some of my collection of Deighton books, just finished
Goodbye Mickey Mouse...My downside is this....

Why is it that Len is so down on his own Country.
I think he must be writing for the United States market most of the time. With that in view, he continually has a go a the U.K., something an
Aussie would never do to Australia..

The weather and food are always lousy, the people
hate the "Yanks", and this is as I say continual
throughout the book. Yet when he wants to for his own purpose, in Goodbye Mickey Mouse, the Moon is
shining etc, while throughout the book there is never a sunny day. Also he talks about the Village
Church Clock striking and it was so quiet it could be heard on the Airfield. Church Bells and Clocks were not allowed during WWII. Anyone growing up in Britain during the War knew that, so he must be writing for the U.S. market.

I grew up in the London area right through the War years and I cannot remember the Weather being so bad as Len says. Sure it was cold, but not so
cold as Melbourne can get believe me. We boys did not hate the Americans, we used to go to the bases to see them throwing their Base Balls and were fascinated that they all wore a big glove on one hand.

Well thats my downside, am now standing by for
the flak

Colin

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From: Sean Casale
e-mail:
Date: Thu Oct 11 13:20:45 EST 2001

Ernie,

I would be intrested in GSM.
My email is seancasale@hotmail.com

Thank You

Sean

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From: ernie
e-mail:
Date: Mon Oct 15 09:27:39 EST 2001

Dear all, thanks a lot for the enquiries regarding tapes of GSM. I'm sorry but unless you have heard from me, I cannot do any more copies. My own 13 yr old master copies are taking a hammering with the copying process.
Let us hope that one day the series is repeated for us all to enjoy again.
Once again, no more requests thanks
Ernie

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From: James Beaumont
e-mail:
Date: Mon Oct 15 17:16:45 EST 2001

In reply to Mark Leyton. I have just read the comment from Granada TV. But why should LD be upset? what was wrong with the series? I don't know what sort of editorial control he had, but maybe he should have asked for more. But most books that are filmed rarely are the same.
Any more comments (good or bad) about the series?

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From: Elaine Truscoe
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Date: Mon Oct 22 17:43:01 EST 2001

I saw everyones' requests for GSM & Ernie's message of how has worn out his own tapes to bring the wonderful world of Bernard Samson to so many grateful people & so I was wondering if anyone could manage a reasonable copy of a copy(of a copy....) I would be so happy. I am a big fan of LD & Ian Holm so I'm trying all the websites!! I wait to hear from you at elainetruscoe@hotmail.com!

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From: Mark Leyton
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Date: Sat Oct 27 08:00:21 EST 2001

In reply to James Beaumont above. I thought the TV GSM series followed pretty close to the book. The several places I could see LD being upset are, 1) when Bernard is kidnapped to Heathrow and Fiona gets into the back of the car. In GSM it really is Fiona and not someone dressed up. 2) At the very end of the show when Fiona is saying goodbye she keeps hanging about, or wants to say more to Bernard. 3) in the show Bernard is not tall, he is short and looking older than his 44 years. 4) the music seems to be too heavy for the show.

I give GSM about an 8 %BD out of ten. Get a copy anyway you can as you need it before you reread the books.

Mark Leyton (tessrules@juno.com)

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From: Tim Hale
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Date: Mon Oct 29 00:08:18 EST 2001

I have just finished reading Brandenburg by Meade, the Sampson\Winter connections were profuse. Please enlighten me, what if any is the connection between the two authors, if any?

Thanks

Tim

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From: Inge Eriksen
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Date: Mon Nov 12 02:16:20 EST 2001

I would like to know if there has been written books about Len Deighton, preferably in English! Please mail me - I'd be most happy about solid information!Love - Inge E., novelist

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From: andy battson
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Date: Mon Nov 12 05:54:47 EST 2001

I remember seeing Game,Set and Match on TV many years ago, (with Ian Holm I think)Does anyone know where I canget it on Video?

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From: David Hinton
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Date: Sat Nov 24 02:50:24 EST 2001

Just finished reading the three Samson Trilogies and am depressed that Bret got Gloria and Bernard went to Fiona. Just doesn't seem right.

Has anyone heard about a nother book int he series? Or any book from Deighton since Charity?

Also, the famous TV Series--I would be willing to pay well for a copy.

Please let me know...
hintonmcse@aol.com

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From: constantine
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Date: Sat Nov 24 07:37:16 EST 2001

Who does Posh Harry work for? Answers on a postcard to chunderfairy@hotmail.com, please.

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From: Mike Sandford
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Date: Sun Dec 2 06:09:11 EST 2001

Will there be another book?

The answer lies at the end of "Faith, Hope, Charity, and ________." Look to the Bible.

LD had most likely laid out the ground work for the final Samson story when he first began to write "Faith".
There are still too many secrets among "old friends", who are still out in the cold. All is not forgiven!

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From: Mike Sandford
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Date: Sun Dec 2 06:10:26 EST 2001

Will there be another book?

The answer lies at the end of "Faith, Hope, Charity, and ________." Look to the Bible.

LD had most likely laid out the ground work for the final Samson story when he first began to write "Faith".
There are still too many secrets among "old friends", who are still out in the cold. All is not forgiven!

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From: Sandy Lyon.
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Date: Sun Dec 9 09:42:52 EST 2001

Help needed urgently. In the first four novels, Ipcress to Billion Dollar, does the anonymous hero ever mention being married to a lady from the Caribbean. Please send answer as soon as possible, a dear friendship hangs in the balance. Sandy Lyon(Scotland).

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From: Luis Gouveia
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Date: Wed Dec 12 00:27:33 EST 2001

i) I am reading again (some books for the nth time) several books by LD namely, the first 5 Spy books and a group of three in the middle (Spy Story, etc) and I am enjoying them a lot. The nice
thing about these books is the way LD writes books. The plot usually is weak (ask a different writer to write a book based on the same theme and see what we obtain). However, these books are rather nice because they are not obvious. You enjoy the way information is given to the reader.
That is, I do not need to rush to the end to see how the book ends. Every page is enjoyable because of what is in it.
The point I want to make is that unfortunately, this does not happen with the books in the Samson Series (unfortunately, one is much more interested in seeing what happens to main characters rather than enjoying the book by itself). Once I tried to read Faith and have tried to ignore the fact that it belongs to a Series. I have noticed a few interesting things mentioned some while ago in a previous message to this place. Unfortunately, these interesting things were never mentioned again in the series and I have the feeling that the book cannot stand alone.

Sometimes I wonder whether I would feel more happy if LD has written 9 different and unrelated books.

As a final and quite different comment. The Movie "A Bullet to Beijing" is quite nice and it mentions LD as the "author" of the book (or whatever). It is about a quite older Harry Palmer.
Does anyone whether this is based on anytjing written by LD?

Luis

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From: kelli
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Date: Fri Dec 14 13:43:33 EST 2001

I am so excited to hear there are others out there
as interested in Bernard as I am. I recently
decided to start at the start with Game and try to
get to the bottom of it for once and for all.
But I don't think I'll sleep at night until I
track down a copy of the 13 part Granada tv show!!
Would anyone out there be able to help me?
Kelli

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From: Mare
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Date: Fri Dec 14 21:07:05 EST 2001

TO MIKE SANDFORD: Don't keep me in suspense! Faith, hope, charity, and WHAT??? I'm not much of a thumper, and I need all the direction I can get. Gimme a hint. . . does the last word make sense as a title in the series?

TO WHOEVER (I missed the name): NO, Gloria was absolutely NOT spying on Bernard. There was no evidence of that ever, regardless of his early suspicions. She was one of the few only clean and above-board people in the whole series. I adore Gloria. Another one I adored was George, until . . . well, we all know what became of George. I must say, I was a little disappointed with George. (Not with the storyline, just with George himself)

TO MARK LAYTON: As to your third question: I've wondered about that myself. Someone picked up Fiona in the car that took her to the Brandenburg Exit, but why it had to be Stinnes and Kennedy I still don't know. I'm re-reading right now. (Half way through London Match) If I catch a clue, I'll post again. I don't think it was a drug-deal thing. One reason is, I think the whole drug business was only introduced as a hush-hush yet compelling way to get Tessa into Bernard's van, and therefore to Ground Zero, where she obviously had to end up in order for her body to be mistaken for Fiona's.
The other reason is, I cannot believe that such a pivotal moment in such a great series would rely upon something as "common" as dope dealing. It comes across as a "deus ex machina" (or, more appropriately, "dufus ex machina") A convenient excuse, in any case. I just don't believe it. There must be something we've missed.

DOES ANYBODY ELSE HERE HAVE A CRUSH ON DICKY? Yes, I know, he's a cad and everything. But still . . . those eyelashes!

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From: kelli
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Date: Sat Dec 15 13:27:31 EST 2001

hi LD fans,
yesterday i asked about the gsm series from
granada, and was crushed when i was not inundated
with offers. but i notice now that my email address
did not show. so there is still hope! it is:
purquh@po-box.mcgill.ca
reading back on the log, as per mark leyton's suggestion,
i noticed sam skoog answering a question about the
soundtrack, and novice detective as i would wish
to be, i wonder if mr. skoog has a copy of the
video. anyone anyone anyone.
please help, you know what it's like to have such
a bee in you bonnet!
--gratitude in advance,
kelli

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From: regina
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Date: Tue Dec 18 10:21:40 EST 2001

I just want to put this out
on the airwaves--wouldn't Russell
Crowe make a great Bernard Samson?
The very thought makes my knees weak...

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From: Mare
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Date: Wed Dec 19 19:13:09 EST 2001

REGINA: Russel Crowe all by himself can make me weak in the knees, no need to turn him into Bernard Samson too.
Actually, the face I've always put to the character is an English actor named Anton Rogers, probably because he, of all the English actors I'm familiar with, most resembled the photos in the backs of the paperbacks I've got, of Len himself. He's a little bit old, a little bit paunchy, but tall and handsome, and potentially a very nasty piece of goods, with the right director. (I think I'd make a great director.)
The actor was in "May to December" and another sit-com as well, but I can't remember the name. The one with the wife named Hester who was always trying to lose weight. I laughed my head off, what was the name of it? Anyway, that man, to me is the body of Bernard Samson.
So whom would you cast as Fiona? (I personally picture the bug-eyed predecessor to Markie Post as public defender, on Night Court.) It doesn't make any sense, but neither does my idea of my first away-from-home apartment as the spot where Bernie interrogated the Muller woman; or my second-away-from-home apartment, where Werner and Zena threw the classic Berlin wing-ding when Bernd and Werner cloistered themselves in a bedroom filled with furniture to discuss "department matters." (Werner, by the way, is an old Canadian Tradition to me, in the person of Avery Schreiber, circa 1975) I've toiled crazily over where I'd have placed Lisl.