Freddie Jones has died

 

That great actor of Stage and Screen – Freddie Jones has died. He was 91 years old and had been appearing in a main role in Emmerdale on TV for some years. In fact he was acting up until the end almost

 

Freddie Jones in Juggernaut

 

He made many film, stage  and TV appearances – however I remember him mostly as the mad bomber on the cruise ship in the film ‘Juggernaut’ in 1974 with Richard Harris and Omar Sharif.

A number of bombs have been planted on an ocean liner. The man who has planned and put all this into place is played by the great Mr Freddie Jones and it is the best portrayal of a psychopath I have ever seen in films.

Freddie Jones in Juggernaut” is the madman’s madman. Clever,conscience – free and ruthless. He brings to the part a quiet confidence – a masterclass in emotional detachment and studied indifference.

When I had first seen the film  – and when I see it again now – the character and the performance that Freddie Jones gives is the one we remember long after we have forgotten the other actors. When I think of Juggernaut – I immediately think ‘Freddie Jones.’

 

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