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Jarrah White
04-21-2004, 03:47 AM
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This thread is dedicated to Desmond Llewelyn, who was born in South Wales in 1914, the son of a coal mining engineer. In high school, he worked as a stagehand in the school's productions and then picked up sporadic small parts. His family would not give up their effort to prevent him from a life on stage, so an uncle who was a high ranking police officer arranged for Desmond to take the department's physical exam. "Thank God, I flunked the eye test, and they [police] wouldn't take me. I suspect the inspector had a hangover because he also failed this other chap I knew, who went out the same day and passed the physical for the Royal Navy, which had a lot tougher test." After failing the police exam, Llewelyn thought about becoming a minister, realizing after a week-long retreat of quiet and meditation that the ministry "was definitely not for me." Llewelyn persevered in his acting quest, and was accepted to the Royal Academy for the Dramatic Arts in the mid 1930s. The outbreak of World War II in September 1939, halted his acting career, and Desmond was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the British army. He was assigned to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was sent to France in early 1940. In a short time, his regiment was fighting the Germans, and Desmond's company was holding off a division of German tanks. Llewelyn explained that "eventually, the tanks broke through and many of us jumped into this canal and started swimming down it to the other side, figuring that our chaps were still over there. But the Germans were the only ones there," and Desmond was captured, and held as a prisoner of war for five years. At one prison camp, the prisoners had dug a tunnel and were planning to escape the next morning. Desmond was down in the tunnel doing some maintenance work in preparation of the escape when the Germans found out about the tunnel and caught him down in it, a crime that earned Desmond 10 days in solitary, which Desmond called "a blessing of sorts. After spending every day of several years sleeping in a room with 50 other people, the quiet and privacy was rather nice." After the war, Desmond returned to London and revived his career, eventually being cast as his trademark Q in From Russia with Love (1963). Since 1963, Desmond has appeared as Q in every MGM/UA Bond film, except Live and Let Die (1973). Llewelyn was omitted from Live and Let Die (1973) because producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli felt that too much was being made of the gadgets and they would play it down. Desmond said he "was quite disappointed" at being left out of Live and Let Die (1973). Fans, however, missed Q, and Desmond got a call shortly after the release of Live and Let Die (1973) telling him that he would be in the next Bond film, Man with the Golden Gun, The (1974). Desmond, who admits that his mechanical abilities in real life are virtually nil, is geared up for the next Bond movie. "I'd love to be in the next one," Desmond said. "Of course, if you consider my age, they should have put me out to grass a long time ago." Sadly he was unable to return in the next Bond film (Die Another Day) as he died tragically in a car accident on the 19th of December 1999, a week after The World Is Not Enough hit the silver screen. In the word's of Pierce Brosnan, "There can be forever many Bonds, but only one Q. I've lost a great friend, someone who I will miss dearly, someone easy to cry for. And I think the whole world will feel the same. He was a gentle gentleman, this lovely man. He went the way he would have liked, sitting at the controls." Finally to pay a little tribute, which is more than what EON gave him,

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TO DESMOND LLEWELYN~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1914-1999~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~YOU WILL BE MISSED~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

That Matt Guy
04-21-2004, 04:24 AM
So you like cutting and pasting biographies from imdb?

Jarrah White
04-21-2004, 04:34 AM
And I suppose you like putting up avatars of John Cleese as Q just to annoy me?

That Matt Guy
04-21-2004, 04:44 AM
And I suppose you like putting up avatars of John Cleese as Q just to annoy me?

Well... yeah.

Jarrah White
04-21-2004, 05:25 AM
Figures.

On topic, Desmond rules!

raphael_is_cool
04-21-2004, 05:28 AM
Why is your avatar still too big?

And I can't possibly pick Desmond's greatest performance, they're all so good :tgrumble:

cqb101
04-21-2004, 07:07 AM
None. ANd your avatar is too big.

















































































CLEESE

04-21-2004, 07:20 AM
I still think Cleese is my hero.

That Matt Guy
04-21-2004, 08:23 AM
Well, I will give Desmond his credit. He is a Dunkirk veteran and former POW after all.

But Cleese is still a better Q.

Dr. Doom
04-21-2004, 09:33 AM
-=Rolls his eyes at this disgustingly stupid fued=-

Thanks for putting up that bio, Jarrah, I enjoyed reading it. It's very tragic what happened to him. He was always one of my favorite parts of almost every Bond movie.

Anyways....

Yanno, the only reason this is all happening is because you made such a big deal out of your distain for John Cleese. I'm not doubting that these people enjoy his work, but I doubt most of them would ever have a banner in his honor if they weren't doing it just despite you. I think if you want this to stop, it's entirely in your control. John Cleese did not usurp Desmond Llewellyn, Desmond tragically died before his time, and the creators decided that John Cleese would be a replacement that most people would generally find to be the next best thing. I'm not saying you hafta love John Cleese, but you need to let that whole thing go. Then maybe this whole nonsense will just blow over.

Raven
04-21-2004, 03:18 PM
jarrah your avatar is to big.

Relay
04-22-2004, 10:57 AM
The name of the street my family lives on is Llewellyn Drive. For serious.

Jarrah White
04-22-2004, 05:25 PM
They probably named the street after him...

ZariusTwo
04-22-2004, 06:50 PM
Oh yes, Desmond is THAT revered :roll:


...

..CLEESE RULES

Jarrah White
04-22-2004, 07:55 PM
Look mate if you wanna praise Cleese please post elsewhere, this is a Desmond Llewelyn site,

damnhooligan
04-22-2004, 11:30 PM
They probably named the street after him...
Llewellyn is a fairly common name, both first and last. The chances are pretty remote.

That Matt Guy
04-23-2004, 06:24 AM
I had a friend in highschool who had that last name. Huge, huge pot head.

cqb101
04-23-2004, 07:55 PM
Look mate if you wanna praise Cleese please post elsewhere, this is a Desmond Llewelyn site,

Really? I could have sworn I was on the technodrome.....a TMNT site...... :-?

Jarrah White
04-23-2004, 09:37 PM
I like to call my threads my 'sites'.

Barkworm
04-24-2004, 12:46 AM
Look mate if you wanna praise Cleese please post elsewhere, this is a Desmond Llewelyn site,
Weren't you the one who started this by saying Cleese should die? :roll:

cqb101
04-24-2004, 07:27 AM
Look mate if you wanna praise Cleese please post elsewhere, this is a Desmond Llewelyn site,
Weren't you the one who started this by saying Cleese should die? :roll:

Yes. Yes, he did.

Taloniss
04-24-2004, 08:30 AM
Look mate if you wanna praise Cleese please post elsewhere, this is a Desmond Llewelyn site,
Weren't you the one who started this by saying Cleese should die? :roll:

Yes. Yes, he did.

And in the Cleese Pride thread, no less.