Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Plaque of the Week No. 55

You've seen them all over the city: discs, tablets, cameos and plaques commemorating the great and the good of London Town. Every Tuesday we track down a London plaque (Blue or otherwise) and put it centre stage on the London Walks Blog. This week…

Commemorating: Harry Palmer (among more than 80 other characters)
Street: Leicester Square
Postcode: WC2
Borough: City of Westminster

Born Maurice Micklewhite at Elephant and Castle, Michael Caine is England's most garlanded living actor. He's a Knight of the Realm (correct form dictates that we style him Sir Maurice Micklewhite – a good London boy, 'e never forgot the name given him by his old mum); he was also the recipient of the Greatest Londoner Award (on the same night on which London Walks was named Best Tourist Attraction!).

His plaque, as befits such an outspoken character, is no orthodox blue affair. Look down in Leicester Square and his handprints are there for all to see on our London Walk of Fame – outside the flagship of the Odeon cinema chain.

Caine's new volume of autobiography comes out soon – an event we anticipate with great excitement given that his first, entitled What's It All About? (a reference to the title song of his breakthrough movie Alfie) was such a memorable read. (We'll turn our attention to both volumes on the London Walks Reading List soon).

In the meantime he crops up more than once (!) on the West End on Film Walk this Sunday 12th September at 11.00a.m from St James's Park Station.

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