Bernard Bresslaw

  1. Christopher Lee, The Curse of Frankenstein, 1956.       He had the height (same as Lee). Not the gravitas – being the gormless part of the TV farce, The Army Game, he replayed in Hammer’s movie, I Only Arsked, in 1959.  (Plus 13 Carry Ons). Although they had previously appeared in Hamlet, 1948, and  Moulin Rouge, 1952, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee first met on the set of this film.
  2. Leslie Phillips, Carry On Columbus,1992.     Producer Peter Rogers was already saying the series was: “Same film, different title.” The 31st and final Carry Ontried various duos for the King and Queen of Spain. From Frankie Howerd-Joan Sims and Bernard Bresslaw-Barbara Windsor to the almost incestuous notion of the Terry and Junesitcom “sibliings,” Terry Scott-June Whitfield. And, finally, June and Phillips (the most English of Spanish monarchs). Howerd died before filming began and Windsor  – the Carry Ons’ Marilyn – said the script was crap. It was – and the cast hated it. In 2004, this was was voted – by UK film pros – as the worst British film ever made. Yet it made more money in Britain than the straight versions:1492: The Conquest iof Paradiseand Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, 1992, starring such heavyweights as Depardieu and Brando! 


 Birth year: 1934Death year: 1993Other name: Casting Calls:  2