More Armitage Tumblr Gold

From deeply diving into the FYRA tumblr archives:

SPOOKS

Hermione Norris and Richard Armitage dress the part in Russia off-camera. CUTE. (courtesy of: http://thechantshavecycled.tumblr.com/post/813088121)

ROBIN HOOD

Hilarious Guy of Gisborne take on the Old Spice commercials.

Lucy Griffiths totally has a crush on Richard—check out cheeky commentary transcript here.

NORTH AND SOUTH

Ooh la la in North and South. (courtesy of: http://escapethenest.tumblr.com/post/3093362112)

Stunning photos of RA.

Interview with these key quotes:

Interviewer: . . .Your aquiline profile helps.

That’s a euphemism for “big nose”!

Interviewer: You’re the one with the internet fan ring called the Armitage Army. Does that please you?

It fills me with confidence to know that if I ever have to go to war, I have an army of women behind me.

Interviewer: Put a handsome bloke in a period costume and his popularity rating goes off the scale. What’s that about?

Suppression. Not being able to touch someone, or say what you feel, because it’s inappropriate. It tightens the sexual tension. You want to metaphorically rip off their corset!

Metaphorically—yeah right, John Thornton.

Catch Me If You Can: Fainting in Period Drama

In an earlier post, I mentioned the missed opportunity in North and South to show Mr. Thornton carrying the unconscious Miss Hale into his house.

The 1986 film A Room With A View has the best faint ever.

Like Margaret Hale, Lucy Honeychurch is determined to leave quickly after her fainting-fit.

A Riot in the Heart: A Favorite Scene in “North and South”

I love how Margaret scoffs at Mr. Thornton, saying “I’m not afraid,” as he tries to reassure her as the workers approach the house. How she humanizes the workers and scolds him for being the one without courage. How he goes downstairs without a word. Margaret and his mother are both proud and headstrong women and it’s sort of comical how obedient he is to Margaret’s command.

Then Margaret runs downstairs and out in front of him, and he sort of saunters forward, trying to stay in command and act the master. The workers ask if he will send the Irish home and he defiantly responds, “Never!”

But then his voice is hoarse as he tries to get Margaret back inside, but she will not be commanded, and oh, how I want to see more footage of that swirling embrace: how they are battling to hold each other and have his or her way.

And then the blow comes and Margaret collapses onto the ground, instead of into Thornton’s arms like in the book. Then it seems that he touches her blood and then touches her dress (there is a blood stain shown in a later scene).

Then Thornton’s devastating, “Are you satisfied?!” to the crowd. That voice breaking kills me every time.

I do miss the part in the book where he carries her back in to the house and declares his love for her while she is unconscious, but that would probably seem too over-the-top in film.

Here is the passage:

Margaret clung to the doorpost to steady herself: but a film came over her eyes–he was only just in time to catch her. ‘Mother–mother!’ cried he; ‘Come down–they are gone, and Miss Hale is hurt!’ He bore her into the dining-room, and laid her on the sofa there; laid her down softly, and looking on her pure white face, the sense of what she was to him came upon him so keenly that he spoke it out in his pain:

‘Oh, my Margaret–my Margaret! no one can tell what you are to me! Dead–cold as you lie there, you are the only woman I ever loved! Oh, Margaret–Margaret!’ Inarticulately as he spoke, kneeling by her, and rather moaning than saying the words, he started up, ashamed of himself, as his mother came in. She saw nothing, but her son a little paler, a little sterner than usual.

‘Miss Hale is hurt, mother. A stone has grazed her temple. She has lost a good deal of blood, I’m afraid.’

‘She looks very seriously hurt,–I could almost fancy her dead,’ said Mrs. Thornton, a good deal alarmed.

‘It is only a fainting-fit. She has spoken to me since.’ But all the blood in his body seemed to rush inwards to his heart as he spoke, and he absolutely trembled.

Hand-to-Hand: Period Drama and Spy Action

So there’s this moment in Spooks where Lucas North (Richard Armitage) poses as a bike messenger and takes off his glove with his teeth—an homage to a similar move RA does as Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood. The latter scene is clipped in the below video which also has a recap of the first hand-to-hand contact between RA and Daniela Denby-Ashe in North and South and between Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightley in Pride and Prejudice.

And since Spooks reminds me so much of (the superior spy series) La Femme Nikita, here is a link to the killer “hand dance” clip between Roy Dupuis and Peta Wilson (I love that it was Dupuis’s idea).