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 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

He first came to make the movie world



marvel “Who the hell IS that?!” as the deadly, Zen-like



Britt (as virtually everyone came outta the movie talking about “that guy with the knife”)



in – “Oh, hell”, you know what it is.



Then continued his early tutelage with director John Sturges in – ah, you already know this one, too.



His star rose to its highest ascent in the swingin’ ‘60s



with his flamboyant nothing’s-impossible portrayal



of Derek Flint.





Before, in the early 70s, giving what we unabashedly believe is his finest, most heartfelt performance where he really acts instead of coasting on his serpentine charm



as the guilt-ridden Irish gun-runner



Sean (magnificently immortalized by Maestro Morricone with his haunting “Sean, Sean” theme).



There were more collaborations with good bud Bronson



And his anchored ally Peckinpah,



before finally becoming only the Second of The Magnificent Seven (after Yul Brynner)



to have been accorded an Oscar.



There are plenty of cute boys-pretending-to-be-men proliferating on what passes for the movie industry nowadays, but we figure the kind of worldly, experienced character emanating from James Coburn’s essence – and those of they who surrounded him and he called comrades -



makes one lament for the passage of a particular type of screen charisma which still lives on thanks to the many memorable films



his lanky, hip grace both elevated and honored

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Coburn is one of those actors who I'd pay so I can watch them read the morning newspaper. He was just THAT good. And the funny thing is, he seemed natural - almost untrained, if you will.

Great actor, sorely missed.

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

I appreciate James Coburn on "The Carey Treatment" and one superior "Combat!" episodes entitled "Masquerade" (season 2).
He was good on "The Americanization of Emily", "Major Dundee", "The Last of Sheila", "Bite the Bullet", "Cross of Iron".
I wish I could watch two rare 1970's film entitled "The Honkers" and "Harry in your Pocket"!




MASQUERADE

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The President's Analyst is another great Coburn film...

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

Absolutely, a real one of a kind.

I was so happy to see him return to acting after his bout with rheumatoid arthritis. In the late 70's, early 80's, you could tell he was in a lot of pain but he still turned in great performances.

And as he continued to age, he got even BETTER as an actor.

My own favorite Coburn performances are in...

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
DUCK YOU SUCKER
CROSS OF IRON
PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID
BITE THE BULLET

I can't think of those movies working as well as they did without his presence in them.

He was close friends with a lot of people, including Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen and Sam Peckinpah.

He even did 2nd unit directing on one of Peckinpah's last films.

They don't make men like Coburn anymore and I don't think there are any actors working today that could touch his pedigree, in my own opinion.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I liked him a lot, too, though never thought he was quite in the top echelon of actors. Maybe a little too laid back, maybe he was too good at his job so that I never felt he was earning his paycheck(!) - if you'll excuse the americanism.

At a tangent, though still with the star: does anyone know why his name does not appear in the credits of Mel Gibson's Payback. I understand there were/are problems with the film's production (I also understand a new version of the film is to be released) so maybe this has something to do with it. I was surprised to see him appear given there was no cast credit for him on the DVD sleeve or film credits.

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

A new version of PAYBACK came out on DVD last year, I believe.

I never noticed he was missing from the film's credits. Weird...

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

I like him in his smooth, semi-comedic mode, but I've rarely bought him in "straight" parts. Don't know why. Kinda like Nick Cage in that respect.

Having said that, Internecine Project is a goody, and he's dead straight in that. But then the real star of that movie is the plot.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

A new version of PAYBACK came out on DVD last year, I believe.

I never noticed he was missing from the film's credits. Weird...


That's me ... behind the times, as usual.

Though, I don't think the new version is out here in the UK.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Intriguing you mention



Heath, as that's one we've been tryin' to track down for ages!

As for his lack of screen credit in Payback, maybe



simply did it as favor for Gibson and didn't want it overtly announced. Sometimes it can be that simple ...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Intriguing you mention



Heath, as that's one we've been tryin' to track down for ages!

As for his lack of screen credit in Payback, maybe



simply did it as favor for Gibson and didn't want it overtly announced. Sometimes it can be that simple ...


I watched The Internecine Project recently - see thread re: Roy Budd's music - and whilst it is entertaining it is no star vehicle for Mr. Coburn.

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2008 - 10:47 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

Coburn's performance in AFFLICTION is simply astonishing.

You completely believe and understand the fear Nick Nolte's character feels for this man... because he's so damn intimidating you become uncomfortable just watching him!

My only wish is that Nolte won the Oscar as well... he's equally brilliant.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2008 - 12:09 AM   
 By:   JSWalsh   (Member)

Coburn's performance in AFFLICTION is simply astonishing.



You beat me to it.

I often talk movies with my younger brother, who isn't as much of a student of films, but he likes just watchin' em.

We talk about this role A LOT. Coburn is such a likable real man in so many roles, and it was a slap in the face to see him in this.

He portrays the SELF-CENTEREDNESS of this piece of Nolte's father so well. He's a really scary presence here, like a walking cancer.

One of those Oscar wins to which my response was "Well of COURSE."

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2008 - 12:10 AM   
 By:   JSWalsh   (Member)

BTW, PAYBACK's re-edit brings it closer to the Westlake/Stark novel.

While I love the Parker books, there was something nifty in the original PAYBACK that was lost in making it more true to the book.

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2008 - 12:32 AM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

We talk about this role A LOT. Coburn is such a likable real man in so many roles, and it was a slap in the face to see him in this.


Check this out when you get a chance - you'll have to let it fully load, then go past the John Travolta / Steven Zallian interview, but it's well worth your time.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2455460242535518790&q=charlie+rose+affliction&total=3&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2008 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

We dunno if Mr. Coburn ever contributed any additional commentaries, but he's the delightful center of a wonderful conversation on the DVD versions of the Seven



in which he gives early evidence of McQueen's already full-blown (and pitiful) paranoia



as well as other intriguing insights (along with Eli Wallach and Robert Relyea) that make a truly terrific back-scenes bonanza.



Coburn's enthusiasm is incredibly infectious, gracious, appreciative and still in awe of it all, lo these many decades since ...

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2008 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   Misanthropic Tendencies   (Member)

He was also one of the bad guys in Face of a Fugitive.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2008 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

He was a major-survivor in a season 5 "Twilight Zone":
"The Old Man in the Cave".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9lfCdsEV4o

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2008 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I have always considered Coburn THE actor who defines the 60's.

a non-conformist before it was fashionable, steeped in Eastern philosophy, sexy in a non-traditional way - the ultimate rebel against authority!

He also was a star in the sixties but it didn't really carry over to the Seventies - he wasn't big box-office after FLINT.

"DUCK, YOU SUCKER!"

brm

ps did i mention he's in my top five fave actors of all-time!

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2008 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

"The Honkers" (1972) (Rodeo film)
written and directed by Steve Ihnat
starring James Coburn

 
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