Positioned firmly at the opposite end of the optical scale from Madeline Smith, Don was similarly wedded to the horror genre from early on in his career. He did more than the stereotypical staring psychopath, though. His William Hare in The Flesh and the Fiends, for instance, was positively debonair, at least as far as Victorian graverobbers go. But there’s nothing remotely wrong with the roles that made his name: You Only Live Twice, Halloween, The Great Escape and so on. But it would be a shame if his ‘spirit of dark and lonely water’ aspects overshadowed a versatile and often dead funny talents.
FINEST HOUR: We could show off and go for Cul-De-Sac, but we have to lay our money on Death Line – a horror, yes, but Pleasence’s weatherbeaten inspector is, in a neat twist on the usual state of affairs, just about the only sympathetic, even sane, character in the entire film.