Vale The Bat Signal

Bat Signal

The Bat-Signal has illuminated Los Angeles City Hall, in honour of Batman actor Adam West, who died last week aged 88.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Department Chief Charlie Beck activated the signal just after 9:00pm local time (2:00pm AEST) for the fitting #BrightKnight tribute event for the Hollywood legend.
Hundreds of fans, some in costume, cheered on as the Bat-Signal silhouette appeared on the City Hall tower.

See also Vale Adam West.




Vale Adam West

William West Anderson.

Dudda dudda dudda dudda, dudda dudda dudda dudda, Batman!


Adam West, was an American actor whose career spanned seven decades. He is best known for having portrayed the Batman in the 1960s ABC series Batman and its full length feature film.

Adam West

19 September 1928 – 9 June 2017


“Come on, Robin, to the Bat Cave! There’s not a moment to lose!”



P.S. See also, Vale The Bat Signal.


Licenced To Kill

Smoking related imagery is conspicuous by its absence from only one Bond movie since 007 first graced cinema screens in 1962, finds an analysis in Tobacco Control.

And while Bond himself has stubbed out his last cigarette, with no smoking after 2002, he continues to be exposed to second-hand smoke, including from his sexual partners, the findings show.

Given the links between smoking in movies and teens taking it up, and that the James Bond series of movies is the longest running and highest ever grossing movie franchise globally, these findings are of concern, say the researchers.

While several studies have delved into various aspects of Bond’s lifestyle, there hasn’t been any detailed consideration of smoking related content and its potential health impact since the spy first lit up in 1962.

The researchers therefore analysed these themes in the 24 Bond movies screened by Eon Productions, from 1962 (Dr No) up to the latest, Spectre, in 2015.

They found that Bond’s on screen smoking peaked during the 1960s, when he puffed away in 83% of the movies produced in that decade, after which it declined until he took his last puff in 2002 (Die Another Day).

When he was a smoker, he lit up, on average, within 20 minutes of the start of the film.

While smoking has declined among Bond’s sexual partners over the decades, it is still happening, as seen most recently in 2012 in Skyfall.

Smoking by his sexual partners would have exposed Bond to considerable levels of second- hand cigarette smoke, although the typically brief nature of his romantic liaisons would have at least curbed some of the impact, suggest the researchers.

Smoking related spy gadgetry had a relatively short lifespan in Bond movies, peaking in the 1970s in 80% of the films produced during that decade, but never to be seen again after 1989.

And cigarette branding featured in two movies: in 1979 (Marlboro in Moonraker); and in 1989 (Lark in License to Kill), as part of a product placement deal with Philip Morris to open up the Japanese cigarette market.

Overall, smoking related imagery was absent in only one movie in 2006 (Casino Royale). In the most recent movie, in 2015, none of Bond’s major associates smoked, but other characters still did, adding up to an estimated 261 million ‘tobacco impressions’ for 10-29 year olds in the USA alone.

The researchers note that there have been attempts in the Bond series to mention/depict the hazards of smoking, the first of which came in 1967 (You Only Live Twice), with subsequent references made in 1974, 1979, 1997. And in 1999, Miss Moneypenny hurls Bond’s gift to her of a cigar into the bin in disgust (The World Is Not Enough).

But while there have been some “favourable downward smoking related trends in this movie series, the persisting smoking content remains problematic from a public health perspective, especially given the popularity of the series,” write the researchers.

And they suggest that while smoking seems to be at odds with Bond’s need for physical fitness and his level of educational attainment, it does fit with his disregard for other risks to his health.

After all, 007 has dodged thousands of bullets, he drinks a lot of alcohol, and often drives very fast, they point out. And that’s without a goodly proportion of his sexual partners (nine out of 60) attempting to disable, capture, or kill him.



Vale Peter Sallis

Peter Sallis OBE.

An English author and actor, known for his prolific and outstanding work on British television. Above all that, he gained worldwide fame as the voice of Wallace in the Academy Award-honoured Wallace and Gromit films.


“They’re like a family of two. They could be not quite brothers but could be father and son in a sort of way. And there’s the charming fact that Gromit doesn’t speak, and Gromit, of course, is the brains of the family.”

PeterFebruary 1st, 1921 – June 2nd, 2017


The Tonight Show

Johnny Carson Says Goodnight.

Last night in 1992, possibly the funniest and wittiest person on television, said goodnight to his audience for the last time. Johnny Carson’s final guests were Robin Williams and Bette Midler, who sang to him “You made me watch (love) you.”

Watch the whole final show here.

Watch just the farewell here.

Johnny Carson

“If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.”

“I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.”

A very intelligent and entertaining fellow who became the model for all those compere hosts who followed. (Do yourself a favour, and have an youtube fest of the Johnny Carson Show.)



Vale Erin Moran

Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann.

Erin was an American actress, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi.

As Joanie, Erin convincingly portrayed growing up in the Fifties and enjoyed a worldwide and appreciative audience.

Happy Days

18 October 1960 – 22 April 2017

“This business is very unpredictable. A lot of it is luck and being in the right place at the right time.”