Diana Rigg’s brutal put down of James Bond co-star George Lazenby: ‘Most were hostile’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

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Tonight, Dame Diana Rigg stars in the comedy horror Theatre of Blood, which airs at 9.05pm on Talking Picture TV. She stars opposite the likes of Vincent Price and Ian Hendry in the 1973 film, which follows the story of a murderer killing London’s leading theatre critics in horrorific ways. In a bizarre twist, each death mimics the passing of a William Shakespeare character, leaving the authorities baffled as to who is behind the spate of killings.

Rigg is among one of Britain’s most celebrated stars with her career beginning in the mid-Sixties as Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers.

She would go on to achieve acclaim for her roles in shows such as Game of Thrones, between 2013 and 2017 playing Olenna Tyrell, and Medea in the West End and Broadway in the early Nineties.

Her influence was so big that during her career she was an Academy Award away from completing the Triple Crown of Acting, having won an Emmy and a Tony Award.

By 1994 she was made a Dame, and while her career is still celebrated today, some two years after she passed away in 2020, she reportedly fell out with one of her co-stars during the production of the Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Diana Rigg’s brutal put down of James Bond co-star George Lazenby: ‘Most were hostile’ (Image: GETTY)

George Lazenby and Diana Rigg

George Lazenby and Diana Rigg (Image: GETTY)

The 1969 film was the first, and only, film to star Aussie actor George Lazenby, who had taken over the lead in the franchise from Scotsman Sean Connery.

At the time of its release, critics were mixed on its place among the Bond films, with many questioning the producers decision to cast Lazenby as the lead, considering he had no prior acting experience before taking on the role.

That tension appeared to rear its head after filming was concluded, and reports of friction between Lazenby and his on-screen wife Rigg emerged.

This led Rigg to write an open letter in The Independent in 1970, denying a number of allegations Lazenby had made regarding her, and others, behaviour on set.

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Filming locations in UK

Filming locations in UK (Image: EXPRESS)

Among the claims he made was that she had eaten garlic before they were due to have a kissing scene, knowing Lazenby detested the taste and smell.

She described Lazenby as “paranoid” and having “inexcusable and crude” behaviour.

In the letter, she wrote: “I’m tired of reading those paranoid statements to the press wherein you were solely surrounded by hostile people.

“I agree that by the end of the film most of the crew were hostile, but only because of your extreme behaviour.

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Diana Rigg in her role in On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Diana Rigg in her role in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Image: GETTY)

“Why else would your dresser threaten to hand in his notice? Why else would three chauffeurs leave you within a week? Why else was one member of the unit restrained from striking you after one inexcusable and crude outburst against one of the girls in the film?

“No, George, I did not eat garlic on purpose.

“No, George, I was not, as you said, guzzling champagne in some warm bar when we had the row.”

Around a decade later, Lazenby replied to the claims his co-star made, offering a different view on the events behind their supposed falling out.

George Lazenby

George Lazenby (Image: GETTY)

Published in 1981, Lazenby noted how the pair were “having lunch just before the love scene” and that “a lot of press were around because they were invited that day”.

The Aussie continued: “Diana Rigg was having lunch about four or five tables away and she yelled quite loudly, ‘I’m having garlic today George, I hope you are.’ You know, it was just a joke.

“They took it down as if she ate garlic so she could put me off, but I don’t quite remember smelling garlic on her, and it was quite a lot of fun with her and she’s another bright lady.”

Upon hearing of Rigg’s passing aged 82, Lazenby described her as someone who “undoubtedly raised my acting game”.

He added: “As my new bride, Tracy Bond, I wept for her loss.

“Now, upon hearing of Dame Diana’s death, I weep again.”

Theatre of Blood airs from 9.05pm tonight on Talking Pictures TV.

Elizabeth Hurley, 57, looks ethereal in white sundress as she marks World Elephant Day | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Actress Elizabeth Hurley, 57, looked radiant as she marked World Elephant Day today. 

The star participated in an elephant Puja offering at Sudeley Castle, Glocestershire.

Beaming with joy, Liz posed next to a beautiful wicker elephant adorned with flowers. 

She wore a white maxi dress with frilly sleeves, and a white flower placed in her flowing brunette tresses. 

Sporting her trademark glamorous makeup, Liz accessorised with a simple gold necklace and tan sandals. 

The mum-of-one has recently been spotted in a bikini in the trailer for her new film, Christmas in the Caribbean. 

Written by Phillipe Martinez and Nathalie Cox, the film will follow Rachel (played by Liz), a hopeless romantic who is jilted at the altar.

“An offer to shoot a movie in the Caribbean, after more than 18 months of lockdowns, was irresistible,” Liz told Variety, “‘Christmas in the Caribbean’ is a fun, lively antidote to all that misery.”

Nigella Lawson ‘distraught’ as she issues emotional plea after pal Salman Rushdie stabbed | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Salman Rushdie, 75, has reportedly been stabbed in the neck after walking on stage to give a lecture in New York state. Nigella Lawson, 62, who is good friends with the novelist took to social media to address the attack, adding she has been left “distraught”.

The popular chef has been pals with the well known author since she was aged 23.

Taking to Twitter today, Nigella said she is shocked by the “horrific” news as she was quickly inundated with messages of support.

In view of her 2.7 million followers, she penned: “Such shocking news of Salman Rushdie having been stabbed. This is horrific. Am distraught. Please, please let him be ok.”

The incident took place at the Chautauqua Institution to the west of the US state, near the Canadian border.

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Ted Lasso’s Toheeb Jimoh Gives His Ideas For a Sam Spin-Off

Ted Lasso will end after season three—but Toheeb Jimoh has plans for more.

Toheeb plays Sam, the fan favorite AFC Richmond midfielder who announced his plans to stay with the football club at the end of season two. In addition to his future on the pitch, the second season finale introduced a new job title for Sam: business owner!

In the final moments of the season, it was revealed that Sam was paying homage to his heritage by opening a Nigerian restaurant, which feels awfully ripe for a spin-off—but don’t take it from us.

“I keep trying to pitch this to them,” Toheeb, whose performance recently earned him his first Emmy nomination, exclusively told E! News. “People keep laughing. But I’m being serious, bro. I want a show with Sam in the restaurant on Apple TV. Let’s make it happen!”

OK, we’re on board. But what would this potential spin-off look like?

“Everybody would have to be involved in it,” Toheeb argued. “I don’t know that anybody could go off and do a spin-off show with any of these characters that didn’t involve any of the other characters. If there’s a Sam restaurant show, Roy (Brett Goldstein) has to be there and has to be involved somehow. I would only agree to do it if everybody agreed to at least cameo every season.”

Roy Kent as the grumpy, yet inherently lovable maître d’, anyone?

Brooklyn Beckham gazes lovingly at wife Nicola Peltz after hitting back at family drama | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Brooklyn Beckham, 23, appeared madly in love with his new wife, Nicola Peltz Beckham as the couple attended The Power of Young Hollywood event in LA. It comes amid rumours of an ongoing family feud between Victoria and Nicola, which was said to have begun when Nicola chose not to wear one of her mother-in-law’s wedding dress designs.

Regarding the rumours, he said: “I’ve learned they’re always going to try to write stuff like that.”

Brooklyn added to Variety: “They’re always going to try and put people down. But everyone gets along, which is good.”

The star won an award on Thursday as an honouree alongside other recipients Chris Olsen, Becky G, Angus Cloud, and Halle Bailey.

They looked as loved up as ever while celebrating their magazine cover together. 

Nicola opted for a grey Fendi belted strapless top with matching trousers.

She heightened her frame by wearing black platform boots with full glam makeup and showcased her newly dyed brunette hair.

Tiffani Thiessen, 48, proves she hasn’t aged a day in skimpy black swimsuit in beach snaps | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Tiffani Thiessen was a glamorous pinup when she appeared in 1980s TV favourites Saved By The Bell and Beverly Hills 90210.

As the comparison photo of her in a swimsuit from her heyday makes crystal clear, the looks that captured everyone’s attention decades earlier have scarcely faded.

The 48-year-old could have passed for someone half her age as she posed beside rocks in a stunning beachside photo.

She mischievously added to the caption: “When you get caught trying to find a place to pee.”

Fortunately the giant rocks would no doubt have concealed her and maintained her modesty if she got caught short – and the remote seaside location looked idyllic.

Julia Fox ditches underwear to step out in barely there latex outfit and see through heels | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Julia Fox is well known for her outrageous dress sense, having once stripped off at a Californian supermarket to use her jeans as a handbag instead of wearing them on her legs.

However, she surpassed herself with yesterday’s outfit, in which she donned a black latex outfit with so many cut-outs that it was abundantly clear she was neither wearing a bra nor pants.

Her cleavage spilled out of the off-the-shoulder top section, while the bottom half tied around her thighs with little more than silver metallic wiring and a tiny strip of latex.

The leggy 32-year-old’s frame was accented by a pair of see-through perspex heels, which had a black tint to match the rest of the outfit.

Her derriere was barely covered by the skimpy material although, unusually, the violin tattoo she wears on the back of her waist was firmly under wraps yesterday, making it one of the few parts of her body that remained fully covered.

Julia currently works as an actress, and will soon appear in The Trainer alongside Bella Thorne, Vito Schnabel and Gina Gershon.

Eva Longoria, 47, stuns onlookers as she goes braless in plunging pink silk dress | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Eva Longoria wowed on Thursday evening wearing a slinky slip dress. The pink, silk ensemble clung to her petite frame as she made cocktails at the Los Angeles venue. 

The 47-year-old added some height with a pair of gold strappy heels and she accessorised with hooped earrings and a selection of necklaces. 

Eva opted to go braless as to not distract from the dress’ thin straps and plunging neckline. 

The brunette beauty wore her hair in loose waves and sported a nude lip with smokey eyeshadow. 

The Desperate Housewives star hosted the event to promote her luxury tequila line: Casa Del Sol. 

Ashton Kutcher Recalls Moment His Nipple Started Bleeding During Run

Ashton Kutcher may need to invest in bandages for a surprising area on his body.

During an Aug. 12 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the That 70’s Show alum shared that his nipples started bleeding while he was participating in a 17-mile training run to prepare for the New York City Marathon.

“My nipple started to bleed. I’m like, ‘Is happening right now?'” he shared to guest host David Alan Grier, who gifted Ashton with a pair of gold metallic nipple tassels. “My legs were fine, but my nipples were on fire. It’s no joke, man.”

Though Ashton—who recently opened up about enduring another medical condition—seemed surprised by his injury, runner’s nipple—which happens when your shirt continues to rub against your skin—is very common for those who go on longer runs. Many runners use bandages or tape over their nipples to create a barrier between their clothes and skin. 

Ashton, however, is not letting bleeding nipples stop him from running for a good cause.