Sunday, 24 April 2005

Farewell Sir John

The phrase "archetypal British [they mean English, surely?] gentleman" is being trotted out in many of the reports of the death at 97 of John Mills, and I guess that "decent" will appear more than it is usually seen in the obituaries.
Of course he was both these things, and it is pleasant to recall that when required he could also be a convincing swine. In the 1941 spy film Cottage To Let he was a murderous Nazi who would have killed Alastair Sim and a 16-year-old George Cole had they not managed to crush him to death by rolling a millstone on top of him.
Ah, they don't make 'em like that any more - neither films nor English gentlemen. the2

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