Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Quizwoz 2013 answers

Hi again.

Thanks to all who entered this year’s Quizwoz.

This years winner is...

Eamonn Clarke  

who can be found here on twitter @eamonnclarke1 and who beats out all competition with a cool 20 out of 20 set of full marks. His blog, which is mostly about 2000AD and Doctor Who can be found here...

So congratulations to him. And here are the answers for all of you who didn’t get them all.

Which franchise, the first movie of which was based on an original novel, has had eight movies, a TV show and even a cartoon series in it?
Planet Of The Apes.

What is remarkable about the Jessie Royce Landis character in North By Northwest? 
She was only 8 years older than Cary Grant, whose mother she was playing in the movie.

What is James Bond’s family motto and which is the first of the EON James Bond films in which this information is disclosed?
The World Is Not Enough is the family motto and it’s first mentioned in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Akira Kurosawa’s movies Seven Samurai, Yojimbo and Rashomon have what interesting post-production fact in common?
They were all remade as Westerns... The Magnificent Seven, A Fistful Of Dollars and The Outrage.

In A Good Day To Die Hard, the Russian taxi driver near the start of the movie sings New York, New York in Frank Sinatra fashion to Bruce Willis. Why is this especially appropriate to the Die Hard franchise?
Because Die Hard was based on the sequel novel to the original Sinatra film The Detective. When Sinatra turned down the option to play the character again in the sequel (based on the original novel’s sequel), the character was renamed John McClane and Bruce Willis was cast in the role.

Which biblical epic features footage from the sequel in it, as the sequel was already being shot while the first film was still being edited?
The Robe. It contains some footage from the sequel, Demetrius And The Gladiators.

Which 90s action thriller featured three prior Bond super-villain actors in the film... who never meet in any scene together. Also, who are the actors and which Bond films were they the main villains in?
The film was John Frankenheimer’s Ronin. The actors were Michael Lonsdale - who played Drax in Moonraker, Sean Bean - who played Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye and Jonathan Pryce who played Elliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?
The Shadow knows.

Which two famous characters were teamed up this year in a novel celebrating their 80th anniversary?
Doc Savage and King Kong, both of whom began their fictional lives in 1933. Their joint adventure can be found in Will Murray’s Doc Savage: Skull Island.

Which actor played a character in a series of films in this century, who is the father of a character he first played in 1981? And what are the two roles in question?
Ian Holm. In 1981 he played Frodo Baggins for the epic BBC radio series adaptation of Lord Of The Rings and, this century, he has played that character’s father, Bilbo Baggins, in both the Lord Of The Rings movies and in brief appearances in the first and third parts of The Hobbit movies.

In which two movies does a character being played by Mark Hamill get his hand cut off by a light sabre?
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back.

Which Dario Argento movie was originally supposed to be a sequel to his earlier film, The Stendahl Syndrome?
The Card Player. The lead female police detective character was originally supposed to be Asia Argento, reprising her earlier role.

Which Doctor Who monsters first appeared in a single story opposite Patrick Troughton in 1967 and then took 40 years to return to the series when one of their hands was glimpsed in a David Tennant episode?
The Macra from The Macra Terror (1967) and Gridlock (2007).

In Captain America: The First Avenger, there is an oblique reference to another Marvel Comics hero of that era. Who is the character and why is that ironic in the case of this specific movie?
The original golden age incarnation of The Human Torch is referenced at the start of the movie. The irony is that Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in this film, played the silver age version of The Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies.

Which famous director, who died in 1986, is alleged to have died from a specific type of cancer, along with a couple of other people, caused by the location in which he shot a movie released seven years earlier? And what was the film which held the deadly location?
Andrei Tarkovsky, Stalker.

Which often controversial director, mostly famous for the films he shot in the 1960s and 1970s, turns up playing a small role in a famous 1950s sci-fi paranoia classic... and what is the name of that movie?
That was Sam Peckinpah, before he became a director. He turns up in a very small role in Don Siegel’s original version of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers.

Alfred Hitchcock’s remake of his own The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Bryan Forbes’ Deadfall (1968) and Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong (2005) all have something very specific and unusual in common. What is that specific thing and, once you’ve figured that one out, which of these is the odd one out and why?
The three composers hired to do the scores for those movies: Bernard Herrmann, John Barry and Howard Shore... all appear as conductors in their respective movie. However, Howard Shore’s score for King Kong is the odd one out because, by the time the movie was released, Shore’s score was rejected and replaced with one by James Newton Howard. Shore is still in the movie, however.

Who is the only “Avengers girl”, from the various British TV shows featuring the adventures of John Steed and his companions, who has not turned up in a James Bond movie?
Linda Thorson.
The other three all did: Honour Blackman was in Goldfinger, while both Diana Rigg and Joanna Lumley were in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Which actor played a professor suffering from a sped up version of the disease “acromegaly” in a Clint Eastwood film and, which iconic character actor of the 30s and 40s suffered from and was killed by a side effect of this disease in real life?
Leo G. Carroll played the character in the 1955 b-movie classic Tarantula (in which Clint Eastwood briefly appears), although I would have also accepted Eddie Parker who played two lesser acromegaly suffering roles in the film, one of them a professor. The actor who suffered from this in real life was Rondo Hatton, best known for playing The Creeper in the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes film The Pearl Of Death (and subsequent spin offs featuring The Creeper, even though the character died in the aforementioned Sherlock Holmes film). The Rondo Awards are named in his memory.

Which incredibly famous actor was fired by (or left the employment of, depending on who tells the story) Akira Kurosawa after less than one day working on a film? What was the title of the film and who replaced the lead actor after this incident had occurred?
Famous Zatoichi actor Shintaro Katsu was relieved of his duties by Kurosawa on the set of Kagemusha. He was replaced by Kurosawa regular Tatsuya Nakadai.

And that's that, for this year's quiz. Hope you all had a good time with it... and I hope some of you learned some new movie trivia if you didn't already know this stuff.

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