Well, what to say? The picture used to illustrate the word ‘stalwart’ in dictionaries, if there’s any justice, and if the sorts of dictionaries that have pictures in would include words like ‘stalwart’, which they probably wouldn’t. And of course such bathos as is present in that last sentence was grist to the Kinnear repertoire. His face has depicted that trademark fast-deflating ebullience in everything from those nifty Three Musketeers pics through to Eskimo Nell and Hawk the Slayer. Irreplaceable.
FINEST HOUR: Why, rolling out that barrel as Social Director Curtain in that gentlemen’s’ excuse-me from hell on board Dick Lester’s unimpeachable Juggernaut, of course.