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Never afraid to speak his mind, the film-maker and restaurant critic made some memorable statements during his 77 years

"The truth is that muggers are very interesting people." Daily Express, 11 May 1989.

"Calm down, dear: it's a commercial." Line from his advertisements for insurance company Esure.

"I don't want to live in a tolerant society. I want to live in a very intolerant society."

"Grumbling should never be well-mannered or under control. It should be full-blooded. It should be rampant." Daily Mail, January 2012.

"An OBE is what you get if you clean the toilets well at King's Cross station." On turning down an OBE.

"I have told Geraldine that it took me 72 years to get engaged, so she's not to hold her breath for the marriage." In 2007, when he announced his engagement to his future wife.

"I'm very happy to snuff it. I've had enough time on Earth. I'd be happy if »

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