Rarely Seen Sid

There was something marvellusly  photogenic about Sid James.With more lines than a London Undergound map, that famous craggy face was the very definition of 'lived-in'. Exuding a genuine warmth and love for life, there was rarely a time when the sparkle was absent from Sid's eyes.

Here are some rarely seen images of Sid from the archives, courtesy of Getty Images.

The fact that Carry On Cabby was made in black and white makes this wonderful colour publicity shot even more special. Not wanting to be outdone by his leggy co-star Christine Rogers, Sid is more than willing to put the James pins on show!

The rip-roaringly successful George and the Dragon remains one of Sid's most fondly remembered television sitcoms. This stunning publicity shot from 1968 sums up the character of George Russell perfectly.  

This was taken in December 1967, just over six months after Sid suffered his first heart attack. That love of life is still clearly evident!

A truly joyous shot of two comedy legends thoroughly relishing each other's company. At the time, Sid and Dame Margaret Rutherford were appearing in the play The Solid Gold Cadillac at London's Saville Theatre. The two old pros had first worked together many years previously in the 1952 film Miss Robin Hood.  

By 1959, Sid was one of the most well-known faces on cinema screens and televisions throughout the land. Complete with seemingly ever-present cigarette, Sid is seen here at London's Dorchester Hotel, at a reception to promote upcoming films for 1960, one of which was a certain Carry On Constable.

God bless you. Sid!


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