I was watching The Saint on itv.com as you do when you’re writing the entire copy for a website that hasn’t been built yet – maybe you don’t but hey, I don’t go around criticising your working methods – and came across a bit that made me go ‘Fuck me’ (as you do when you’re watching old episodes of things with Roger Moore in). It was an episode called The Charitable Contessa and although set in Rome was patently shot in the same place as all the other epsiodes (somewhere in West London I suspect) and had a cast of kids and British actors playing Italians with duff accents. My favourite (so far, I’m only halfway through the ep) is Warren Mitchell playing an Italian taxi driver called Marco de Cesari. With a name like that he could also be the hero of a very steamy Mills and Boon. That’s Warren in the picture above. But more than that my very first thought was ‘Fuck me doesn’t that Italian taxi driver look like Steve’s dad‘. Then I thought ‘Oh. It’s Warren Mitchell.’ Anyway, I’ve been thinking about George (Steve’s dad) because I’d been looking at pictures of his much belated funeral on Flickr recently. Anyway, I guess I’m writing this all here because for every story you ever told George he always had one to tell back at you.
This one’s for George Bowbrick aka Warren Mitchell aka Marco de Cesari.