Ah, you can hear the lazy terminology here: ‘craggy’, ‘brooding’, etc., like the harsh, rugged landscape of his native… But sod all that. Laurie was ‘brooding’ on screen from the coming of sound to the coming of Thatcher, and that’s time enough to vary the Pvt. Frazer diet just a wee bit. (Christ, we’re doing it now). Try Blind Pew in Treasure Island, or brothel proprietor William Hopwood in Fanny by Gaslight. Better yet, one of the pub-bound victims of leather-clad Patricia Laffan’s Scottish invasion in Devil Girl from Mars.
FINEST HOUR: Well before craggy stereotyping set in, as last of the Foula fishermen Peter Manson, driven over The Edge of the World.