Sad to see that Michael Winner, film director, restaurant critic and writer has died aged 77. I was fortunate to meet him a couple of times.
One of those was when he was filming Bullseye at Alton railway station in 1990 and he was not a happy bunny.
He wanted the train, on which the film was being made, moved a few yards.
However, someone didn’t know how to speak to the driver of the locomotive and he was being bloody-minded.
I was the editor of the railway magazine The Woking Grapevine at the time and was on location to try and speak to Roger Moore who was starring in the film.
I saw Winner on the platform looking rather glum so I went and introduced myself showing him a copy of the magazine. ‘Hello Sir, I’m Bob Hind editor of this mag,’ I said.
‘Are you really,’ he replied.
‘You don’t seem too happy,’ I said.
He replied: ‘No. I have been trying to get that train moved about two coach lengths, but the driver will not move it.’
‘Did you ask in the right fashion?’ I asked.
‘What!’ he exploded, wondering why on earth anybody should be polite to a train driver.
I asked him what he needed and went to see the driver, a pal of mine.
‘Dave,’ I said. ‘Do me a favour, I want to get an interview with Roger Moore but have to get in Winner’s good books, can you pull forward a couple of lengths for me?’
‘No problem Bobby Boy.’
And that’s how I got a short chat with Roger Moore.