|Spike & Raquel, strange bedfellows
||[Dec. 6th, 2005|03:32 pm]
Being new to this community, I thought I’d post something to say hello. I was reminded, just now, of one of my favourite Milligan film appearances. He played Monsieur Bonacieux in the 1973 movie The Three Musketeers with Michael York, Oliver Reed and Raquel Welch, who played Bonacieux’s unfaithful wife, Constance. I’m not surprised he was in it, as it was directed by his friend Richard Lester, who had directed (or at least he held the camera for) The Running, Jumping, Standing Still Film.
Seeing Spike act alongside the great Charlton Heston, who plays the deliciously evil Cardinal Richelieu, is an education in itself, as Mr Heston plays it straight, but Spike plays Bonacieux as an ineffectual clownish type; however, my favourite scene in the entire movie occurs when Spike, festooned with keys and other dusty, clanking paraphernalia, is showing Michael York (playing D’Artagnan) the room he will be renting in his house. Raquel Welch is seen in a room across the hall, and D’Artagnan exclaims, “Who is that?” Bonacieux tells him she is his wife, Constance, the Queen’s lady-in-waiting. He explains that she lives mostly at the palace, but comes home a couple of nights in the week. As Spike says this, and the thought of a night or two with his stunning, voluptuous wife enters his addlepated head, his whole body starts to shake, and the keys on his person clank against each other and his eyes come over all glassy. It is a purely Milligan moment that slays me every time I watch it, and if Bloodnok had been there too, no doubt his quivering voice would have intoned “Oh-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!” in profound agreement.