He played No6, but he was always No1…

15 01 2009

Farewell Patrick McGoohan… His work with really big ping pong balls in Wales during the 60s really inspired us here at Bobballs (see picture of McGoohan and big ping pong ball, above right).

But we think his portrayal of Longshanks in Braveheart offers up some of his finest screen moments.


[Instead of crushing the Scots, a slightly miffed Longshanks finds that his ‘sensitive’ son prefers poncing about with a well-trousered chap in his late 20s. Well-trousered chaps tries to advise Longshanks…]

Longshanks: Who is this who speaks to me as though I needed his advice?
Prince Edward: I have named Phillip my high councilor.
Longshanks: Are you qualified?
Phillip: I am well skilled in the arts of war and military tactics, sire.
Longshanks: Really? What advice would you give on the present…situation?

[Whereupon he chucks well-trousered chap out the highest window of the tallest tower and administers a merciless ‘who’s-the-daddy’ type beating to ‘sensitive’ son.]


[On battlefield, and looking slightly bored that he still hasn’t won yet, McGoohan issues the following order…]

Longshanks: Archers.
I beg your pardon, sire. Won’t we hit our own troops?
Longshanks: Yes, but we’ll hit theirs as well. We have reserves. Attack.


You may have played ‘Number 6’ but you were always ‘Number 1’ round here. We liked the sly wit you brought to everything you did. Godspeed Patrick ‘Longshanks’ McGoohan…




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