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British film enters a new golden age as studios struggle to meet demand

Daniel Craig As James Bond

In the black-and-white era after the second world war when Alec Guinness was starring in Ealing comedies and Richard Attenborough played Pinkie in an acclaimed 1947 film of Brighton Rock, it was clear that British films had the brightest of futures. In the following decades, film studios such as Pinewood and Elstree became hives of cinematic activity. Then, in the 1990s, it all seemed to fade away.

Eli Wallach: 50 years of being very good, bad and (occasionally) ugly

Eli Wallach in Baby Doll

For the film world in which he worked for more than half a century, Eli Wallach established his brand identity as "il brutto", the Ugly, in Sergio Leone's 1966 spaghetti western Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Lee Van Cleef was the Bad and Clint Eastwood, notionally, was the Good).

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Daniel Craig As James Bond

British film enters a new golden age as studios struggle to meet demand

In the black-and-white era after the second world war when Alec Guinness was starring in Ealing comedies and Richard Attenborough played Pinkie in an acclaimed 1947 film of Brighton Rock, it was clear that British films had the brightest of futures. In the following decades, film studios such as Pinewood and Elstree became hives of cinematic activity. Then, in the 1990s, it all seemed to fade away.

Eli Wallach in Baby Doll

Eli Wallach: 50 years of being very good, bad and (occasionally) ugly

For the film world in which he worked for more than half a century, Eli Wallach established his brand identity as "il brutto", the Ugly, in Sergio Leone's 1966 spaghetti western Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Lee Van Cleef was the Bad and Clint Eastwood, notionally, was the Good).