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Feature writing for Penthouse magazine

• To see the full story click on images below. To see more of Andy’s work in Penthouse click here It seems incredible that it’s 48 years since a bikini-clad Ursula Andress first emerged from the surf and asked the silver-tongued spy: “What are you doing here, looking for shells?” And Sean Connery’s 007 replied: […]

Great Scott: the life and times of Ridley

The first time I met film director Sir Ridley Scott he was busy drowning people. He’d been slaving away immersing actors into a giant water tank and watching them sink slowly to the bottom. Under a blazing Maltese sky, static jet engines conjured up an artificial hurricane and giant chutes cascaded floods onto a cabin […]

The actor who redefined the cinematic everyman

Tom Hanks always plays to his strengths. He’s not Clooney good-looking, he’s not got the presence of a Pacino and he doesn’t have the menace or controversy of a Russell Crowe. But what he has by the Hollywood truckload is an everyman charm. It’s his greatest strength and one that he’s used to win two […]

The prince and the showgirl

The daughter of the American brick-seller looked stunning in her dazzling white silk bridal gown and 10-foot lace trail designed by MGM Studios’ costume department. As she knelt before the sanctuary altar next to the prince resplendent in his ceremonial sash and medals, more than 1,600 reporters jostled for a good view outside St Nicholas […]

The curious case of Cate Blanchett

When Cate Blanchett was considering whether or not to take the role of Galadriel in the blockbuster trilogy Lord of the Rings, there were a lot of important things to weigh up. At the time she had been nominated for an Oscar, two BAFTA awards and won a Golden Globe. Was the role of an […]

Lauren Bacall the first grande dame of Hollywood

There is something deeply unpleasant about imagining movie icons getting old. Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Grace Kelly wobbling around on walking frames towards their next liquidised lunch is a horrific thought. That’s something that happens to mere mortals not the faces that illuminated cinema history. We like our icons to youthfully shake off their […]

Uma Thurman: the making of a pulp fiction icon

The director Quentin Tarantino has no doubts about the film legacy of Uma Thurman. “She’s just one of a handful – and that’s if you cut off two fingers – of movie stars who could have been just as big, if not bigger than the movie stars of the 1920s and 1930s,” he once enthused […]

Premium Bond: the life and times of the world’s most famous spy

James Bond may be hitting serious middle age but there’s plenty of life in the old spy yet. Super villains, megalomaniacs, metal-toothed psychotics and bloodthirsty hitmen everywhere will be irritated to learn that interest in 007 is greater than ever. And this year Bond mania reaches fever pitch as the world celebrates the spy’s first […]

Sometimes it seems hard work being Charlize Theron…

Sometimes it seems unbearably hard work being Charlize Theron. Flawlessly beautiful, she’s drawn to movie characters of incomprehensible ugliness. She has a life that’s the epitome of Hollywood perfection, but a past that’s stained with death and childhood sadness. She’s an Oscar-winning star, who is feted on the red carpet one day and helping victims […]

Sculptures carved to fit in the eye of a needle

“I’m working on two sculptures at the moment,” artist Willard Wigan says. “One is of Elton John sat at his grand piano the other is of The Beatles peering through the portholes of the Yellow Submarine.” The subject of the art may be conventional, but their creation defies belief. Both sculptures are small enough to […]