Bloofer Gent: Peter Cushing
|If I were a vampire lady, I'd choose Cushing for my nemesis...|
Hammer films are often mocked by people who fail to see how revolutionary they were, with their use of colour, splashings of gore and in-the-round sets. And the early ones are actually pretty well scripted, though by the 1970s even I will admit things aren't looking good. However, one thing that is always reliably good is the performance of Peter Cushing. If ever a man embodied the idea of elegance, it is he. His aquiline features look both intelligent and artistic, yet when he is gentle you really do understand that here is a kind man. (My first actual memory of Peter Cushing is when he wrote to Jim'll Fix It because he wanted a rose named after his late wife, Helen. What a beautiful thing to do!)
|An excellent Sherlock Holmes in 'A Study in Scarlet'.|
|He never did get that fiver.|
Elegant and intelligent, sensitive and suave – Peter Cushing, Bloofer Gent, we salute you!