Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Thanks to musical dave for drawing my attention to the cast list of the movie HIS DARK MATERIALS: THE GOLDEN COMPASS. Since so many of you seemed interested in the Philip Pullman books, I thought you'd like to know. Nicole Kidman will be great, and we'll all get a bit of eye candy with Daniel Craig (is he old enough? The stage version two years ago had Timothy Dalton as Asriel). I'm afraid I don't recognize half the names on this list, but perhaps I'll recognize them on screen.Those of you who haven't finished NORTHERN LIGHTS/THE GOLDEN COMPASS yet, read up so that we can all watch it and compare notes when it comes out!

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Anonymous David said...

The list of producers includes Mark Ordesky, who worked on the Lord of the Rings films.

Whether you think that's a good thing or not depends on how much you liked the Rings adaptions.

3:20 pm  
Anonymous Ann said...

I think what bothers me about this cast list is that all the names I do recognise are playing incredible old characters. What is it about myself I haven't recognised?

3:27 pm  
Blogger The Traveller said...

Ooh, a film version! When I eventually read those books, I spent a while surreptitiously lurking around certain Oxford colleges (as, I suspect, did some other students) trying to see if there really were lots of mysterious and exciting underground bits. Sadly, all potential doors were firmly locked - probably wisely so, considering what drunk students are apt to get up to!

11:05 pm  
Blogger equiano said...

hi there David - I did enjoy (despite reservations) the Rings cycle, so gives me some hope!

Heh Ann - it is all in the mind. Perhaps they're really young but caked in prosthetics and makeup?! David sent me some more info by email which you may be interested to hear: apparently quite a few of the cast are all MIDSOMER MURDERS characters - since I love that show, it will be fun and a bit like an evening out with old friends!

Traveller - I bet there are some wonderful tunnels etc. Usually with these marvellous old buildings the "secret" parts aren't even open to students, never mind the public. There's a great book called SECRET LONDON by Andrew Duncan which does a revelatory job on London's hidden bits; bet Oxford has the same, even if no-one has written about it!

1:38 pm  
Blogger dovegreyreader said...

I'd better get a move on with my reading in that case, can't possibly watch until I've read.

12:39 pm  
Blogger equiano said...

dgr - look forward very much to your thoughts on this triplet.

9:39 am  
Blogger scatty said...

Dovegreyreader, maybe it will be better to wait till you've seen the film before you read the book. Some of my friends have the principle of not allowing(!!!) their children to see the film before they read the book. I don't know if this is necessarily so good, because except for the Lord of the Rings books, I have always beeen disappointed because the film just mutilated the story (unavoidable, I suppose.) There are books I've read after seeing the film piqued my interest and that has always been much more satisfying.

I loved these books as well. I borrowed the first two from our local library (in Germany) which has a very sparse English youth section and had to buy the last book a year later after they still didn't have it. The same thing happened with the "Wind on Fire" series by William Nicholson.

1:05 pm  
Blogger equiano said...

Welcome Scatty! Isn't Nicholson great?! I've started his new "Seeker" series too, most enjoyable stuff.

8:49 am  

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