When I first decided to start working with Unbound I had in mind to try to provide an image of what M would look like to me and to do so in the form of a short film showing him in action. We know he is a 32 stone police officer and I was close to using a man who was over 30 stone who was also a sumo wrestler before I was introduced to Good King Hal who is an official Henry the VIII th impersonator. Ollie is a producer at Channel 4 and he offered to film a short sequence for me but the main challenge was finding a police uniform big enough for Hal. In the end we made one and hired a 1960's police helmet.
What I really love about the stills and the film is that Hal looks like my mental image of M.
In the film M is asked to apprehend a street robber - his reaction - violent anger at the world in general for bothering him, the victim, the mugger is typical of his approach to life. I am working on the cover for Ex and some sketches for inclusion in the book and this film has also helped me towards this.
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