almaviva90: (Poirot and Hastings - Styles)
Wait a minute...David Suchet was the voice of BMW in its UK adverts? Did some searching on Youtube and found an advert dating from 1994 and gosh, if I didn't know that it was Suchet, I never would have guessed though his voice is certainly recognisable (though it's obviously a far cry from his Poirot voice!). Interesting. He's also given me another reason to like BMW even more now! XDD
almaviva90: (The Big Three)
Ooh, just read that David Suchet's going to be in an upcoming new television adaptation of Dickens' Great Expectations, which is probably my favourite Dickens novel (and I loved the 1946 film version with John Mills and Alec Guinness). He'll be playing Mr Jaggers and the series is currently due to be broadcast in the UK this Christmas.

Now if only they can get a move on with the Poirot adaptations as well then I'll be quite happy!
almaviva90: (Poirot and Hastings)
Hurrah! David Suchet has hinted that the five remaining Poirot novels might be filmed when he received his CBE last month!

“I have done all but five of the stories. My lifelong dream will be releasing the Poirot boxset of all the novels she [Agatha Christie] wrote. It may happen. There’s a green light flickering and I’m waiting for it to be steady. It may be next autumn.”


*jumps up and down in happiness*
almaviva90: (Poirot and Hastings - Styles)
Finally got a signed photo from David Suchet this morning (as Poirot and in what looks like a publicity shot from Appointment with Death)...a longer wait than I had expected but at last it came! =) 

Ah, now I can say I've got autographs from both Poirot and Hastings...the Poirot fangirl within me is very happy indeed. =DDD
almaviva90: (Poirot and Hastings - Styles)
Well, it's been a while since I've posted on LJ and what with work, fanfic writing and a surprising amount of stress, I'm not surprised that I haven't been on LJ that much. Anyways, I'm here now so that's definitely an improvement, methinks =D

A big day today...decided (and finally mustered up the courage after months of contemplation and hesitation) last week that I'd write to David Suchet and Hugh Fraser (a.k.a. Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings), thank them for their brilliant work on film and television and kinda ask them if they could be kind enough to grant my tiny request for their autographs. Therefore I had to rush down to the post office at Winsdor House in Causeway in the morning to send them off since Monday's the only day I'm free (and the post office is only open on Mondays to Saturdays). After a LOT of hassle with envelopes (my envelopes were waaay too small and had to buy a bigger one for Suchet's letter), finally slotted them into the 'Air' mail box at about 25 minutes past 12. I know I'm so immature to request their autographs...but OMG, they're Poirot and Hastings (who've been my obsessions over the past couple of months), for God's sake! And Fraser's also Wellington in the Sharpe series...how I especially not avoid writing to him seeing that he's the best Wellington ever? I do hope they don't think me idiotic and be kind enough to grant my little request. *sinks on knees praying fervently* Nothing to do now but wait... *twiddles thumbs*

Anyways, that wasn't really the most important thing to be done today...the highlight of the day was meeting [livejournal.com profile] enserric today! Hurrah! We haven't met up in over a year so it was absolutely fantastic to spend some quality time together today. We didn't really do much but chat and walk around what seemed nearly the whole of Causeway which was nonetheless damn tiring...and have lunch, some afternoon tea/coffee and dinner. Sounds utterly unexciting but we didn't mind it one bit...and my goodness, it's great to hang out with someone who knows exactly who you are and what your various fads and eccentricities are...the accents we were constantly changing and mimicking (which include Irish, Scottish, Russian, Swedish, Indian, posh British, American) were definitely a reminder of the great times we had at SIS. We had a ridiculous amount of fun mocking the name of a rather unfortunately named sports goods store at Windsor House...and even went to Toys R Us and did all kinds of silly things like having mock sword fights with foam swords, tossing this rather revolting silicon worm like toy which looked like a germ blown up to monstrous proportions and etc. I don't remember having quite so much fun in one day in quite a long time...ah, how socially lacking I am it seems!

Overall a tiring but bloody brilliant day. =DDDD
almaviva90: (P&H - Partners)
WHAT. Is ITV seriously considering ending the Poirot series when we're only SIX episodes away from finishing the whole thing? I know that articles from The Sun should usually be taken with a pinch of salt but if this is true, I'm going to get very frustrated indeed.

However, I've just sent in an email to viewerservices@itv.com to ask them to reconsider...it will be such a bloody shame for the series to end just because of funding problems. Any help counts so please send in an email too if you have the time...don't let this turn into another Granada Sherlock Holmes where the definitive Holmes (Jeremy Brett) wasn't able to finish the series...at least give the definitive Poirot (David Suchet) the chance to finish the series as it was meant to finished in the form of the last story of Curtain where Poirot and Hastings are reunited for the last time to solve a case.
almaviva90: (Poirot and Hastings - Styles)
Finally watched (okay, perhaps rewatched since I remember watching this a couple of years ago on television when I wasn't quite into the fandom then) the 2004 adaptation of Death on the Nile with David Suchet and wow, did I need some taking used to Suchet's Poirot after watching all those 'old' episodes from the 1990s. The Poirot of the 1990s was a much more amusing character (which doesn't mean that Death on the Nile was without its comedic moments...there really were some to my surprise) who sort of took more time in everything he did while the Poirot of the 2000s is a much more serious-minded chap who gets to the point really quickly. Perhaps it was the fast pace of the screenplay as well as the style adopted by the director which gave me this impression but after getting about ten to fifteen minutes into the episode, I quickly recognised the Poirot of old. His accent sounded a little different from one used in the earlier episodes at the beginning (somewhat more of Suchet's voice than Poirot's higher one) but then again, I soon got used to it.

Though the episode was without Hastings, thank God we got Colonel Race (James Fox) sort of filling in his shoes. Whenever I see James Fox though I'm always reminded of his Lord Darlington from The Remains of the Day...oh well, never mind. The episode followed the novel very closely but the funniest moments came from Frances de la Tour (a.k.a. Madame Maxime from the Harry Potter films) basically trying to seduce Poirot at every possible opportunity. I was barely able to suppress my laughter when I saw her literally forcing him to dance with her, putting her face so close against his and then on another occasion, collapsing onto him so that he has no choice whatsoever than to help her up. What makes it more hilarious is that Poirot isn't the most handsomest or attractive of men but it's obvious that she's most interested in his fame and wealth. Poirot is of course clearly uncomfortable with her advances but is regardless a gentleman to the last. There was another amusing scene where she simply goes on and on with more racy and perverted ideas about why a murder has been committed (she writes romantic fiction, by the way) while Poirot and Race sit like statues behind a desk opposite her before the latter turns to Belgian with an expression which clearly reads: 'Please remind me again why we're listening to her?!' 



On a more serious note, there was this touchingly sad moment when there is an exchange between one character and Poirot on the point of love and which highlights his extreme loneliness in life...Suchet was simply marvellous at this point.

Poirot: Love is not everything.
Jacqueline de Bellefort: Oh, but it is. It is. You must know that. Surely you understand.
Poirot [becoming unusually quiet]: It is terrible, mademoiselle. All that I have missed in life.

After this the camera pans out from above to show him alone on the deck of the boat, gazing sadly into the water (seen below).



Absolutely heartbreaking in a way when you think how brilliant he is in terms of his career and profession but dismally lacking in terms of personal life. No wonder he's becomes so animated when he sees Colonel Race (reminiscent of Poirot's reaction at seeing Hastings in The Mysterious Affair at Styles but without the embracing and the kissing on cheeks) which is quite sweet. I won't give away the ending/solution but yeah, Death on the Nile is much more of a romantic-themed episode than most of Christie's stories which interestingly focuses on one couple in particular rather than Poirot himself who is usually shown as the victor. I wasn't surprised at all when they used that popular 1930s song, 'Love is the Sweetest Thing' as a recurring soundtrack thing over the credits.

Yes, I'm seriously just a romantic at heart sometimes, methinks.
almaviva90: (Default)
My book on Wellington finally arrived this afternoon...just a week after the other book arrived last Wednesday. It's not a hardcover as I thought it would be (the booksellers seem to be all wretchedly unclear as to whether the copies they have are paperback or hardback since both of them weirdly seem to have the ISBN number) but alas, what can one do? At least it's readable, that's the most important thing. Perhaps I'll try to get a hardback version next time.

Watched a couple of Poirot episodes last night...and goodness me, it was extremely entertaining to have refreshed my mind about these episodes. I nearly forgot how hilariously funny they were; with Hugh Fraser's Hastings as always stealing the show with his adorableness although really Hastings wouldn't be half as funny if David Suchet's Poirot wasn't there to complement him. There was one extremely amusing moment in the last episode of the first series (The Dream) where Poirot laments that his little grey cells might be deserting him:

Poirot: ...a sign that they are weakened by old age and the fast living.

Hastings: I wouldn't call your life exactly fast.

Poirot: Oh, not perhaps now, Hastings but in my youth?

Hastings stares at him in amazement.

Hastings [astounded]: Really? [Pause] Really?

Poirot shrugs.

Poirot: You see one pays to settle one's account.

Hastings [utterly disconcerted]: I say.

What else can I say? I love these two. =P
almaviva90: (Captain Hastings)
   

The title of the post is pretty self-explantory but all right, I'll say it again: Happy birthday, Mr Fraser! =D

Yes, I'm officially now a great fan of this fellow if I've decided to post on my LJ just to celebrate his birthday (and I have to confess that I've also posted something in a Poirot community as well). But heck, he makes a fantastic Hastings and Wellington (two of my favourite characters ever on television) so I think he deserves a little post of his own.

And please, ITV, please, please, please make sure that you allow them to continue filming the Poirot series until the very end...there simply must be a reunion between Hugh Fraser's Hastings and David Suchet's Poirot in Curtain!
almaviva90: (Default)
Hmm...I'm really awfully tempted now to go to London for another reason; as well as getting to see Cosi fan tutte at the ROH, I think I'll really love to catch a performance of Arthur Miller's All My Sons at the Apollo where David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker are currently playing the lead roles (and who are also getting tremendous reviews for their performances). The run lasts until 2nd October...I guess I'll have to just wait and see then!
almaviva90: (the merry widow)
Though admittedly I'm a little too old for Horrible Histories (which I confess were one of the reasons I started to get interested in history waay back in Year 6), the books and illustrations are just too hilariously true/critical at times...



I've also just realised that they've made audiobooks and even a television series of them! Both are quite amusing as well (the television 'Shouty Man - Victorian Child' sketch in particular is so wrong and yet so laughing-out-loud funny). Also the actor voicing the history teacher on the audiobooks sounds so uncannily like David Suchet even though I know he obviously isn't him...
almaviva90: (Captain Hastings)
I'm noticing more and more recently that though actors can play characters who are great friends in one book/series/film, they can also play each other's enemies in another...take the example of David Suchet and Hugh Fraser who play the fantastic duo of Poirot and Hastings in the television series...



...but play both Napoleon and Wellington respectively (though in two totally different films, I have to say!) who as we all know were historically enemies:




[They also look eerily similar to the real life historical people they were portraying...O_O]

As Hercule Poirot would say: 'Interesting. Very interesting.'
almaviva90: (Default)
A sign that you're newly obsessed with something is when you start ranting about how horribly some people draw the characters...

"Why is it the fate of Hercule Poirot to live among such philistines?" )
almaviva90: (Captain Hastings)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one has a new obsession, one inevitably goes on an icon-making spree. Or at least, I do.

31 meagre offerings of Poirot/Hastings icons from various episodes but quite a few of them from The ABC Murders.

Please note that these are not to be used as bases and that credit will always be nice! =D

Order and method... )

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