King Richard Armitage Week: Creative Letters of Support from Queen Amidala, John Thornton, Ros Myers, Lady Marian, and Alexandra Porter

To celebrate Richard Armitage’s 40th birthday and to commemorate the anniversary of Richard III’s death, this blog is participating in a weeklong series of RA blog events for the Richard III for Richard Armitage!/King Richard Armitage project (sign the petitionjoin the Facebook group). Enjoy the fun!

Queen Amidala from Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace (courtesy of: natalieportman.com)

From Padmé Amidala, Queen of Naboo, Senator of The Chommell Sector

I am writing this letter to offer my recommendation for Uncredited Bravo Pilot #22 to fill the role of King Richard III in a non-Shakespearean adaptation.

The force is strong in this one.

I am qualified to give this assessment since my husband is the most powerful Jedi in this far, far away galaxy. (Also, I was in a Tudor film and it was not very good, so I look forward to a smart approach to a Plantagenet era project.)

I would also add that I agree with citizen Carolyn that Bravo Pilot #22 is the hottest Naboo Starfighter pilot in the galaxy. Such exceptional good looks and military prowess would be invaluable assets in tackling the Richard III project and attracting a broad audience.

P.S. My handmaiden Sabé would like to add something.

Dear Bravo Pilot #22,

I support your project. But please note that I am not Natalie Portman.

Cheers,
Sabé

John Thornton from North and South (courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com)

From John Thornton, Milton, England

I offer my whole-hearted endorsement of the Richard III project. The north has experienced tremendous industrial growth in the past half-century and owes a great debt to Richard III who established the infrastructure for economic development in our part of the country. His legacy has led to more opportunities for people to enter and rise within the working classes of society. The growth in the number of businesses has led to rapid progress in machinery and manufacturing and Milton’s trade is rapidly becoming known throughout England and beyond—and we owe it all to King Richard for his transformative achievements which have allowed us to thrive. As Plato said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a lovely wife and two little ones to get home to.

Lucas North and Ros Myers in Spooks (courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com)

From Ros Myers, Thames House, London, England

I offer my unconditional support for the Richard III project. I have reviewed the execution strategy and found it thoroughly sound and question why this project remains unfunded. Dear Minister of the BBC: there is no need for another bloody Shakespearean Richard III adaptation.

Given his skills in negotiation and combat in addition to his loyalty and service to crown and country, I am confident that Lucas North is the best candidate to manage this project. I look forward to seeing what the final product will be—I love a good intrigue.

Lady Marian and Sir Guy from Robin Hood 2.10 (courtesy of richardarmitagenet.com)

From Lady Marian, somewhere in Sherwood Forest, England

Please fund Sir Guy of Gisborne’s Richard III project. Guy has fought for King Richard I in the Crusades and has shown his loyalty to the crown. I know how much he admires Richard III and seeks to follow his example. As you are well aware, Guy has great ambitions and this project would allow him to fulfill his dreams and free him from the command of the Sheriff. Although he may seem cold and difficult, I know that he has a good heart and he should be given the chance to prove himself capable of taking on this challenge.

I do admit that I would also like to see him leave Nottingham so that he may come across new female company. Although I cannot express it to Guy, my heart belongs to Robin Hood. Now I must go and see what my mischievous man is up to.

P.S. Sorry for the delayed response: the wifi signal in the forest is not very good despite Much’s repeated efforts.

John Porter embracing his daughter Alexandra from Strike Back 1.2 (courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com)

From Alexandra Porter, suburbia, England

My dad would be a great leader for a Richard III project. He’s seen combat—he’s always away—and he is an amazing person. He fights to help others and make things right. He’s so smart and never gives up, so I know that he will succeed in whatever he does. I am proud that he is my dad.

But the main reason I want this project to happen is that it would be fantastic to have him back in England for a long time. Since my mum’s passing, I’ve really missed my dad.

It would also be wicked to see my dad get involved in some period battle work. I’d love to play a soldier!

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So now is your turn: in the comments, post your take on these letters or come up with new character letters. What would Gandalf say? Or the Sheriff? (an “anti” letter, perhaps?)

Thoughts on Productivity: Going Ros Myers

Tick tock. . .as I stare down at my to-do lists, the multi-tasking pressure starts to build.

From what I have seen so far of Richard Armitage‘s work, I am finding that, after Daniela Denby-Ashe, Hermione Norris is my favorite female co-star for Richard.

Norris plays the ultra-confident Ros Myers in Spooks/MI-5. Ros epitomizes cool under pressure and ruthless efficiency; as the operative leader, she executes the given mission by any means necessary, possessing the physical prowess and mental agility to disarm and eliminate her opponents.

In sum, Ros is badass and I want to be Ros.

Despite her decision to not have a personal life, she is no automaton; she forms emotional bonds with her colleagues and dies refusing to abandon a man who is immobile. (YT link)

She also has a sly sense of humor, and I love her banter with (or at) Lucas.

  • Episode 7.2 : Ros burns Lucas, then Tasers him
  • Episode 7.4: Ros and Lucas work to disarm a bomb and kick up the sexual innuendo about  real vs. faking it (no YT link found unfortunately)
  • Episode 8.8:  (YT link) – Scene 1: Lucas and Ros discuss the remarkable usefulness of civets to produce perfume and flavor coffee beans. This is one of my favorite scenes. A polymath is a person who knows a lot about different subjects. Scene 2: Ros and Lucas discuss Sarah Caulfield’s getaway options of Barbados versus Bolivia.

(Props to Ros on servetus’ blog here. I also found a similar blog post on cheeky Ros/Lucas banter on the spooks fan blog here.)

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.