Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
The Making Of The West Wing
Subscribe To Empire Today
Save money and get 12 issues for only £25
Go Think Big
Helping young people achieve their career dreams
Feature
In Praise Of... Cary Grant
Why we'll always love Mr. Archibald Leach

submit to reddit

In the first of an occasional series of sycophantic respectful tributes to stars now no longer with us, we’re looking at just what it was that made the superstars of yesteryear as great as they were… and continue to be to this day. And who better to start with than Cary Grant, the man Howard Hawks called "the best that there is” and Hitchcock once described as "the only actor I ever loved in my whole life." So here it is, our eulogy to the great man – and apologies if it gets too lovey. He’s just that great, you know? 

WORDS ALASTAIR PLUMB
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  1 of 7 Next
In Praise Of... Cary Grant | He's <i>the</i> leading man
He's the leading man

When Ian Fleming set about creating James Bond, he was thinking in part of Cary Grant – which makes it all the more of a shame Grant turned down the role in Dr. No in 1962. Next to Sean Connery, who wouldn’t want to see Grant raise a world-weary eyebrow at SPECTRE’s dragon tank? It’s easy to see why Fleming thought of Grant when he crafted 007: both share the same addictive qualities that have legions of fans wanting to know them, be them, watch them work. That easy charisma and rugged virility, the ability to cast a spell with words, the wry, martini glass worldiness – both remain, in their own ways, definitions of what it is to be a leading man.

Handsome, sophisticated, debonair, Cary Grant embodied every role he played with a sense of manly confidence that defied his humble beginnings as a school drop-out from Bristol, then known, of course, as Archibald Leach. "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant," an interviewer once told him. "So would I," Grant famously replied. And, as you’ll learn from the rest of this tribute, so would we.

Example given: Cary Grant playing the unforgettable Peter Joshua / Carson Dyle / Alexander Dyle / Adam Canfield / Brian Cruikshank in Charade in 1963. Delightful espionage fun, with Grant taking the reins. 
 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
 
1 of 7
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The 12 Apps Every Film Fan Needs On Their iPhone
The smartphone essentials to enhance your movie life

Empire Meets Jason Bateman And Tina Fey
The stars of This Is Where I Leave You hang out

The Scariest Film Of The Year? Jennifer Kent On The Babadook
The director talks us through her terrifying new film

10 Horror Spin-Offs We Want To See
After Annabelle, what other supporting characters deserve their own film?

Documentaries: What Happened Next
We track down and interview the stars of great non-fiction films

Your Introductory Guide To That DC Movie Slate
Suicide Squad? Cyborg? Aquaman? We explain who’s who in the DC Universe

Captain America 3, Iron Man And Civil War: Where Next For The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
What to make of today's Marvel news

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)