Patrick Macnee’s Comments – Hamlet
1948: Film – Hamlet
I became an extra on the film of Hamlet which starred Laurence Olivier. In the played scene, you can catch me if you can see through the beard standing next to Mrs. Jack Hawkins and behind Jean Simmons who was with Sir Laurence watching the play as it unfolded. We used to have an enormous amount of good fun watching the lighting defuse itself onto her backside and there were occasions where she had forgotten to put on her underclothing. And so us little men had an enormous thrill watching her, the great Jean Simmons without underclothing which was diaphanous and delightful.
I was an extra along with quite a lot of other quite distinguished actors. Desmond Llewelyn is in the middle, he played Q in the Bond films, he was killed in a car crash not long ago. Jack Hawkins’ wife Doreen was one of the girls.