Michael Winner dies at 77.
Was he given a bad meal and gave it the ultimate thumbs down?
he had a few of them that nearly killed him. In the end his liver did the evil deed.
Remember him saying he was a great believer in teamwork.
"A bunch of people doing what I tell them to!"
My kind of bloke, but I suspect he might have cost me the odd promotion!
Michael was the kind of person you either loved or hated. I loved him for his ability to detect and deflate phonies, and for his sense of fun - he knew exactly what life was for.
Unfortunately there are few like him, now that we've turned blandness into an art form.
How very true, on both counts.
Many of his films [which he directed] had a common thread. Winner once said:-
" There is a recurring theme ... and the theme is somebody who is a loner, who makes a grand gesture; nearly every film was about somebody saying ...
... ' I'm going to do something special 'cos I'm not satisfied with the aethos of the society in which I live. ' ".
He turned down the offer of an OBE because he felt the honours system has been devalued.
Subsequently his personal letterheading read: 'Michael Winner, MA CAM OBE (but rejected)'
Maybe there was some sour grapes there. It strikes me that he thought nothing less than a Knighthood would be good enough for him...
"It strikes me that he thought nothing less than a Knighthood would be good enough for him..."
I don't think he would have accepted even that, he was satisfied just being himself.
I wonder how long it will be before somebody starts slagging him off?
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