Lots of Different Places: In Praise of Christopher Lambert’s Voice

Highlander
Lots of… what?

Of late we’re obsessing about a small segment from a film over three decades old. How did that come about?

Well, today we’re taking a look at 1980s acting heart-throb Christopher Lambert, his fantastic voice, and the way he says lots of different things.

Lots of Different Places

Highlander is a silly film. Daft. But it’s also great fun and stars a committed performance from Mr. Lambert.

He’s one of those actors who’s quite famous, had the looks for it, but his career didn’t hit incredible highs. Just decent ones.

And Highlander (1986) is one of his most famous performances. And he has some great lines in it.

This is the one, right here. The cop’s expression and acerbic questioning. Then the head turn, the handsome expression, and the delivery.

Sends a shiver down your spine, non?

Yet we watched a retrospective review of Highlander recently, on Oliver Harper’s excellent YouTube channel, and the line that sticks out is above.

And that retrospective is right here—absolutely worth a viewing, as Mr. Harper’s channel is one of the best on the platform.

Since its release, thanks to the high profile involvement of the rock band Queen, it’s become something of a cult classic.

Multiple sequels followed, too, which weren’t up to much. But the original continues to enjoy cult support.

There was also a 30th anniversary overhaul. Behold the 4K restoration trailer, with a Scottish accent for one famous actor.

Sean Connery has a big role in Highlander. He wasn’t new to such unusual romps, such as with his red underpants clad turn in the bizarre Zardoz (1974).

But the star of the show is Christopher Lambert, who’s sporting an unusual accent that… kind of sounds French. But isn’t.

Hell, he’s from lots of different places, so what does it matter?

Queen’s Soundtrack

In a one off type thing, Queen was part of the soundtrack. The band’s 1986 album, A Kind of Magic, tied in with Highlander.

We can’t find any information why this is, though (other than the financial benefits).

Queen got from it arguably its best song of the ’80s in A Kind of Magic, but there’s also the romp above which absolutely no one took drugs to record.

Anyway, Lambert is still acting but is 61 now. So isn’t from quite as many places as he once was. Being French, of course, he’s usually in French films and other science-fiction stuff.

But Queen fans will know him as that chap who adorned their beloved band’s albums from the mid-’80s. You can’t get more famous than that, eh?

Addendum: Bohemian Rhapsody

With Queen linked to the Highlander project so enormously, let’s take a look at the 2018 film thing: Bohemian Rhapsody.

It’s out in cinemas right now, had an incredibly troubled production history, has met with mixed reviews, but it’s still No. 1 in the box office.

The film looks a bit worryingly mediocre, but Rami Malek has had rave reviews for his Freddie Mercury interpretation.

Apparently, the rest of the film struggles to manage its tone. The result is it attempts to be funny, rambunctious, and poignant all-in-one.

But this leads to a situation where Mercury’s ultimately tragic descent into AIDS, and his heroic battle against the disease, fails to receive the attention it deserves.

Frankly, this was also a chance to have a go at the pathetic right wing British tabloids who hounded him mercilessly (particularly the notoriously odious The Sun) about his illness for years.

But the film doesn’t have the nerve to do that, either, which is a missed opportunity to set the record straight. Ho hum.

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