George Orwell Returns to Loom Over BBC and Damian Voices the Talking Statue
by Maev Kennedy – The Guardian – November 7, 2017
Source: Talking Statues London
George Orwell has returned to loom over the BBC. A larger-than-life statue of the author and former BBC employee has been unveiled outside Broadcasting House in London.
Orwell’s monument joins the regiment of talking statues, which can address any member of the public armed with a smart phone – his near neighbour, the sculpture of Ariel, by Eric Gill, over the main door of Broadcasting House, already talks back.
The Orwell statue is voiced by the actor Damian Lewis – who is, like the author, an Old Etonian. The school has also welcomed Orwell back, commissioning a replica of the portrait head to remind future generations of scholars that stroppy awkwardness is not necessarily a barrier to genius.
Read the rest of the original article at The Guardian
Only a few more days are left to pre-order ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ read by Damian Lewis or any of the new 007 Reloaded audio books for a chance to win hardback novel of the same story, signed by the star reader. For more info, visit AudioGo’s page here.
You haven’t really encountered James Bond until you’ve experienced the original Ian Fleming novels. So what to make of these new recordings (available at AudioGo from 6 September) of the classic stories, as read by a starry array of British acting talent? We put 007 Reloaded in our sights….
4) Diamonds are Forever (read by Damian Lewis)
“Any man of my generation probably has had a fantasy at one time or other about being James Bond,” Damian Lewis admits. “All the girls fantasise about being with him and all the men fantasise about being him.” And it’s evident that Lewis has had a lot of fun inhabiting the world of Bond here, despite this being one of Fleming’s more lukewarm outings. The American hoods that are pitted against our hero just don’t have the pizzazz of, say, Blofeld or Rosa Klebb, although hitmen Wint and Kidd do have an eccentric charm of their own.
Listen to Damian Lewis reading from Diamonds are Forever here:
Source: Radio Times
Now available for pre-order from AudioGo:
Diamonds are being smuggled on a formidable scale from Africa, via Britain, to America. 007’s assignment is to break the ring. It takes him to the racecourse and mud-baths of Saratoga Springs, to the gaming tables of Las Vegas, the ghost town of Spectreville and beyond. The Spangled Mob threatens to be too much even for James Bond, but help is at hand in the shape of co-conspirator Tiffany Case. Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Damian Lewis.
AudioGO has added a short preview clip (2:51) of ‘Diamonds are Forever’ read by Damian Lewis on their Facebook page. You’ll need to be signed in to Twitter or Facebook to download the clip.
The title will be available from AudioGo for pre-order on August 1st and for download or purchase on September 6th.
Update: AudioGo had posted the clip to their Youtube page
Bond is back with an all-star cast from the cream of British acting talent
Available for Pre-order on 1st August.
Three years in the making, the project has seen distinguished director Enyd Williams and Lucy Fleming for Ian Fleming Publications, working closely with twelve British acting icons to create an exciting, modern ‘007 reloaded’ take on the new, unabridged recordings of these remarkable books.
- Casino Royale read by Dan Stevens
- Live and Let Die read by Rory Kinnear
- Moonraker read by Bill Nighy
- Diamonds Are Forever read by Damian Lewis
- From Russia With Love read by Toby Stephens
- Dr No read by Hugh Quarshie
- Goldfinger read by Hugh Bonneville
- Thunderball read by Jason Isaacs
- The Spy Who Loved Me read by Rosamund Pike
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service read by David Tennant
- You Only Live Twice read by Martin Jarvis
- The Man With the Golden Gun read by Kenneth Branagh
Each fantastic new Bond title will be available to pre-order on 1st August, and download or purchase on CD from 6th September 2012.
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