Brian Bless recalls how his wife called him ‘primitive’ when they first met

Brian Bless recounted how his wife, actress Hildegarde Neil, called him “primitive” when they first met.

The veteran stage and screen actor, 86, said she told him the real primordial was actually “complete sophistication”.

Bless, known for his Shakespearean roles and for being Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon, said he turned this into The Caveman in a recent remake of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells.


Tubular Bells creator Mike Oldfield (Peter Jordan/PA)

The 50th Anniversary double album features the Royal Symphony Orchestra, London Contemporary Vocal Choir, vocals Ella Shaw and Bless, who also play the Master of Ceremony.

He told the PA news agency: “We are doing Boy Dominic in Yorkshire. We starred together. I will talk about this and that.

“I will talk about complex science and imagination. She was surprised because I didn’t know many actors, all I knew were scientists and explorers.”

Phuoc said he told her about undefeated boxer Rocky Marciano, who held the world heavyweight belt from 1952 to 1956.

Recalling her reaction, he said: “Hildegard turned around and said, ‘You know what, I’ve never met a primitive man before. You’re primitive, aren’t you? ‘

“She said, ‘Don’t be upset, Brian, I’m complimenting you. Primitives are sophisticated. It’s utter sophistication and you have it’.

“So my Caveman, who’s bursting the cosmic bubble, the people in the audience, we’re all primordial loved ones.

“Look at the tattoos, look at the jewelry, the makeup and God knows what we’re wearing, the dresses and what we’re wearing. We revel in brutality and primitiveness. “

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Bless recalls how Tubular Bells influenced popular culture upon its release in 1973.

He said: “At 86, I am younger, full of life. Even about 50 years, I remember it, yes, because it was groundbreaking. Great music and very unique.

“It is now one of the globally recognized music chains of all time. Mike Oldfield, it really is his masterpiece.”

Recorded at Henry Wood Hall in London, the arrangements for the album feature new orchestral and choral elements to provide “new color and texture to the piece”, while the background of the original album is presented. faithfully presented by session performers.

The album is now available on Cleopatra Records. Brian Bless recalls how his wife called him ‘primitive’ when they first met

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