He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Company Warehouse Theatre in London, England with Judi Dench, Roger Rees, Greg Hicks, John Woodvine, Bob Peck, and Ian McDiarmid in the cast. Trevor Nunn was director.
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I don't approve of titles. I think they get in the way. I do however approve of medals for public service, and that's how I choose to look at it.. [But] other actors said to me, 'Please we need a knighthood. Because when a knight knocks on the door of a government office, it has to open'.
"The Bells of Hell Go Ting-a-ling-a-ling" (with Gregory Peck
) in 1966 would have been his feature film debut but for the hostile snowy Swiss location weather. The production, a World War I film with a script by Roald Dahl
to be directed by David Miller
, was abandoned after 5 weeks filming.