What makes a bunch of prissy period drama lovers become action fans?


No, I don’t think every period drama lover is prissy, since I are one now. But I do find it funny that many of us who hardly ever watch something like Strike Back cannot wait for it to get here! I even read the book. Hope Chris Ryan is proud.

Oh, and, I saw video of the premiere over at RichardArmitageNet.com and have to share it. Here’s a screencap below. Love that profile! You can watch here or get your own copy here.

edit: For those of you who read this entry earlier, yes, I did have the video loaded on my page. But it was not syncing right, so I canned it and put up a link and a screencap instead.

If you want to download your own copy of any promo clips or screencaps of Strike Back, go to this page on RichardArmitageNet.com, which is run by Wendy and Ali. Along with Annette, who runs RichardArmitageOnline.com, they make up what I think of as the triumviRAte. You want to know anything about RA’s career, go to one or both of those sites. You will not be disappointed, and be sure to sign their guestbook!

Screencap is mine. I had to capture that profile.


  1. Maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t see SB as the typical “action” moive – and no RA is not clouding my judgement. I haven’t read the book yet (on my list – gotta get through “The Pillars fo the Earth” first) but I would be interested in watching SB even if RA was not in it – the politics, the moral dilemma, the facing one’s past are all interesting to me – and a few sexy scenes and the occasional kicking in of doors is good too! And when you think of it, many of these same themes appear in period dramas/books as well…
    Maybe I’m just being fooled by the trailers – heaven knows that happens all the time – but I just wish I had a chance to see SB when it airs in the UK…now where did I put “Pillars”…

  2. I don’t usually enjoy macho action films so RA really is the reason for my awaiting SB with bated breath. He has actually expanded my horizons so that I’m now willing to watch/read stuff that I wouldn’t have otherwise, RH2 being a prime example. Couldn’t be bothered with the first series, but, on discovering RA in North and South, watched series 2 avidly, much to the bewilderment of my OH and kids. I have dug up most of his stuff on the Internet, but find myself now wanting to own the dvds. I have also become a more active poster on various blogs and websites.

    If you’d said that I’d be doing any of this several months ago I’d have said you were barking mad!

    Oh, by the way, I haven’t yet read SB, but have looked for it at our local library and was downcast when they didn’t stock it. I intend buying it. Owning one Chris Ryan can’t hurt?

  3. I got my copy through InterLibraryLoan, and it took weeks. Longest I’ve ever had to wait for an ILL book. The library was going to give up, but I wouldn’t let them, and then I ended up buying the stupid thing anyway. Both books came at the same time. My SO did look at me funny when it came in the mail. :D

  4. I’m barking up the same tree MillyMe!

  5. FANTASTIC profile shot. Thanks so much for that.

  6. Shake a third paw, millyme and tyme. DVDs do it for me. Commentaries and opportunity to study actors and production more closely. Just waiting for Spooks 8 on DVD. Bunch of obsessives, we are. …

    Actually, if I’d caught Spooks before S7, think I would have been a pre-Mr. Armitage fan of the series, anyway.

  7. I was a fan of Spooks before Season 7. I loved it as soon as I saw it!
    And I have read Strike back and enjoyed it. I like all kinds of movies and books, as long as they are well done. I am really looking forward to seeing Strike Back as I know Richard will bring so much to the role. The hardest thing about reading the book was picturing RA as a homeless alcoholic at the beginning. (Hope that’s not a spoiler!) Also there is a dentist type scene that was VERY cringeworthy in the book. I just saw a still from that scene tonight so it looks like they kept that part in. (But it will be hard to watch!)

  8. There is the Strike Back book with Richard on the cover available for pre-order from Amazon UK.

  9. Thanks, Anon.

    I’ll probably buy it! LOL!

  10. […] an interview with Richard Armitage at the Strike Back premiere, London, April 15, 2010. Source: RAFrenzy. Note the chin in profile. Quite a tool. It’s looking unusually pronounced here not only […]

  11. […] tell the action fans or it will spoil my image, but then I did say there is one way to turn us hopeless romantics into action fans. But that’s not the only reason in this […]

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