Oct 5, 2011
Page 9? Bill Nighy Hints at Page 8 Sequel
Harry Palmer Movie Site webmaster Kees Stam chimed in with a comment on my recent post about the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray of the BBC spy film Page Eight providing a link to a video interview in which star Bill Nighy says the David Hare telefilm might be the beginning of a franchise. When the BBC anchor asks him, "Do you think there's a possibility that this character of yours could live on and you could find yourself playing this agent in lots more portions of the same thing?" the actor replies, "Well, I'm lobbying very hard. I'd be very happy! I wear a dark blue overcoat, I smoke herbal cigarettes in the rain, I stand on Battersea Bridge in the dark and you have to worry about what I am thinking. It's a kind of perfect role. Uh, but yeah, there are moves; they are keen to have more, so there may be, uh... there may be." I haven't even seen this film yet (which airs in America on PBS on November 6), but I'm still excited at the notion of a follow-up! More serious spy movies are always a good thing, of course, but even moreso when they star the likes of Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Rachel Weisz. The interview begins with a good clip from the film showcasing Nighy's performance, which might interest American viewers like myself who haven't yet had the opportunity to see Page Eight.