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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

female gazing at: Charles Dance

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Reader Bluejay suggested we gaze at Charles Dance. In honor of, erm, what happened on Game of Thrones this week, I think the time for that has arrived.

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Dance is a handsome man now, and he was a hottie when he was younger:

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Yowza:

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Lovely man:

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(If you have a suggestion for someone we should female-gaze at, feel free to email me with a name or a link to a particular photo. But check to see whom we’ve already gazed at.)


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  • AstroLass

    Run — no, race — to rent/stream masterpiece Brit mini-series “The Jewel in the Crown,” a Charles Dance vehicle from years ago and some of the finest television ever produced. Cast also includes a young Geraldine James, for you GJ fans.

  • Bluejay

    Thanks for using my suggestion! I first saw Charles Dance as the Phantom of the Opera in a TV movie, and was impressed by how much emotion he could communicate even from behind a full mask. He hasn’t disappointed me since.

  • I’m sure I saw that when it was first on PBS in the 80s, when I was just starting to develop as an Anglophile. I don’t recall much about it, however.

  • Shirley Skinner

    I saw him onstage as Coriolanus at the height of Jewel in the Crown fever. His first entrance was in billowy white shirt, tight black trousers and leather boots. You could hear the intake of breath as every woman in the audience fell in lust.

  • I am breathing in sharply just at the description. :->

  • Isabelle May

    My mum was a nurse in an old TV movie about Ian Fleming, with Dance playing the titular role. This would have been in like 1989? picture proof:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EpwuZU34Fy0/UnzLI_uyDAI/AAAAAAAASzc/i-lDlym7PDY/s1600/Goldeneye+1989+%252870%2529.jpg

    (that’s my mum on the left)

  • Bluejay

    Cool!

    Dance playing Ian Fleming? Dance would have made a great Bond.

  • RogerBW

    “If God was a villain, he would have been me.”

  • althea

    Exactly my thought when I saw the last picture! And then when I scrolled up too.

  • Bluejay

    Thanks! I’m about halfway through and greatly enjoying it (though Dance hasn’t appeared yet). Geraldine James is great too.

    I hadn’t been aware of Art Malik before this, but he’s quite a compelling actor as well!

  • @astro_lass

    Over the years, he has gotten cast as any number of villainous terrorists!

  • Bluejay

    *sigh* Of course he has.

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