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‘I am being tough on him, but only because the world has been far too kind. [Michael] Caine can do good work, in a limited range: he is very interesting in The Quiet American, though he fails finally to be the nasty intellectual that Graham Greene requires. Why? I think Caine is held back by his class origins and by his longing to be liked. I forgive him his knighthood (though I have to note his steadfast lack of interest in any political view of life). And I remember the great days of a supporting actor who was invariably brilliant and often heartbreaking, and who never got a knighthood or a gong – Claude Raines.’
David Thomson in the New Statesman, 21 November 2005, reviewing Christopher Bray’s Michael Caine: A Class Act.
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