Ray's Commercial for Maxim Coffee!

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29 August 2021, 07:22 AM
Ray's Commercial for Maxim Coffee!
The link below will take you to a series of short TV commercials that actor Kirk Douglas did for Maxim coffee, none of which I believe were aired in the U.S. I would guess the date these TV ads were shot was sometimes in the 1980's. The first commercial features Ray Bradbury with Mr. Douglas, in what appears to be Ray's office (you can see artwork of Joe Mugnaini on the wall to Mr. Douglas's left from where he in standing). The next two commercials feature Mr. Douglas with composer John Barry (perhaps most famous for his scores for the early James Bond films, although his music for the film ZULU is a personal favorite) and director John Frankenheimer (who directed Mr. Douglas in SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, and who also directed such fine films as BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and THE TRAIN). The last ad features Mr. Douglas alone, presumably reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and imagining he is Sherlock Holmes. Great fun!

30 August 2021, 06:56 AM
So, Richard, your interesting 1980's RB and KD commercial got me thinking, "Are there more out there?" How about this one from 1968!?
Quite entertaining...and futuristic:

BTW: Mr. Douglas was an outstanding athlete in his youth.

He and his family remained "extremely" generous to his college alma mater. A truly beautiful building was constructed in his name and memory:
30 August 2021, 08:16 AM
fjp451, the Sunsweet prune commercial was written by the great Stan Freberg. Ray once described how he came to do the commercial. Apparently, Mr. Freberg, who was a close friend of Ray, approached him with the prospect of doing a TV commercial. Ray said he was very hesitant, and told his friend that he had never done anything like that before. Ray then asked what the commercial was for. Mr. Freberg said that it was about "the great prune of the future", to which Ray replied, "Stan, you got me."