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A Celebration Of Actor Michael Lonsdale

By: Anders Frejdh
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A celebration of Michael Lonsdale who will forever be rememberd amongst Bond fans for playing the villain role in Moonraker (1979) (1979) opposite Roger Moore.

With this page, From Sweden with Love would like to celebrate Mr. Lonsdale.

"Michael, joyeux anniversaire et chaleureuses salutations de la Suède, vous êtes l'un des meilleurs méchants de la série Bond!"

About Michael Lonsdale:
Michael Lonsdale was born in Paris in 1931 to a French mother and an English father. In 1943, he travelled to Morocco where he moderated children's programs on Radio Morocco.

His meeting with Roger Blin in 1947 was decisive as he discovered the theatre which was followed by lessons from Tania Balachova. It is thanks to roles offered to him by François Truffaut - The Bride Wore Black in 1967 and Stolen Kisses in 1968 - that made him a household at the cinemas.

In his career, he has worked for directors such as Orson Welles, Louis Malle, Buñuel, Mocky, that played in the theatre of contemporary texts (Beckett, Duras, Dürrenmatt, etc ...). It deviend near Samuel Beckett and creates with it Comedy in 1969 Poche-Montparnasse Theatre in a staging by Jean-Marie Serreau. It is also linked to Marguerite Duras. In it, he plays Mantis English Madeleine Renaud in 1968 the NPT Theatre de Chaillot. In film, we retiend their collaboration in India Song (1975).

His film career is also marked by the fact that he participates in mainstream films like the 1979 James Bond adventure Moonraker directed by Lewis Gilbert and the 1986 film The Name of the Rose starring Sean Connery directed and by Jean-Jacques Annaud.

On February 25, 2011, he won the César for Best supporting actor for men and gods Xavier Beauvois. He plays the role of brother Luc, a monk of Tibhirine in Algeria. This role has deeply marked the actor. Michael Lonsdale does not hide his faith and has set up many shows inspired by Christian or mystical facts. His last production, Yallah!, on the life of Sister Emmanuelle starring Francoise Thuriès, was a great success at Théâtre du Petit Hébertot.

He is a passionate Peguy lecturer of which he said "a prophet for our time."

In September 2014, Lonsdale published the book Entre ciel et terre : Péguy in collaboration with Pierre Fesquet. There is a parallel between his own life and that of Peguy and proposes, in the second part of the book, the poems show Peguy/Lonsdale, between heaven and earth. The book was a literary publication success.

Editor's note:
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Photo above:
Photo of Michael Lonsdale. © From Sweden with Love.

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