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Alan Bates, Rip


Sir Alan Bates has died of cancer at age 67. One of my favorites. He was
the gamekeeper in that wonderful atmospheric movie of L.P. Hartley’s THE
GO-BETWEEN, and Gabriel Oak in FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD. (“He was Gabriel
Oak down to his gaiters,” a Hardy-phile friend of mine observed at the
time.) A brilliant actor, and I think the only one so far to have
portrayed Harry Flashman on screen (ROYAL FLASH, 1975).