Saturday, December 5, 2009

R.I.P, Richard Todd

British actor Richard Todd—whose wartime exploits were later reenacted in the classic WW2 drama The Longest Day (1962)—passed away Friday at the age of 90 after a long bout with cancer. At one time, he was Ian Fleming’s choice to play his literary creation James Bond in the first of the mega-popular “007” film series, Dr. No (1962)—but lost the role to Sean Connery due to a scheduling clash.

Sadly, I haven’t seen too much of Todd’s work to offer a comprehensive critique—a quick look at the IMDb reveals that the only movies that I’ve watched is the 1950 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Stage Fright, Operation Crossbow (1965) and Asylum (1972). Laura at Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings wrote a nice tribute to the actor in May, in addition to sketching out a bit of his biography (with an emphasis on films he did for Disney/Buena Vista). There’s also a notice of Todd’s passing at 50 Westerns From the 50s.

R.I.P, Mr. Todd. You shall be missed.

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Mike Hobart said...

To me he will always be the determined Royal Air Force officer in the black-and-white war movie "The Dambusters". My favorite World War II flying film.

panavia999 said...

Catch "The Dambusters" next time it runs on TCM, which is Feb 02, 09:15AM EDT. "The Hasty Heart" is also a lovely film.