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« on: Sat 13 July, 2013 - 08:39 am »

PG tips chimp dies 37


He was never a household name, yet he was the very definition of a household face. Louis the chimp, who has died at the grand old age of 37, was famous up and down the land as Brooke Bond, the secret agent just as debonair as Sean Connery’s 007 — with even more chest hair — in the Eighties adverts for PG Tips.

It may be stretching a point to suggest Brooke Bond became as iconic as his human alter ego, James, but then again, it may not.

With his catchphrase ‘The name’s Bond. Brooke Bond’, he was voiced by the suave actor Michael Jayston, and became an instant hit when he first appeared in 1981.

Little wonder that six years ago, the PG Tips chimp adverts, which ran from 1956 to 2001, were voted the most memorable in TV history, narrowly ahead of the aliens advertising Cadbury’s Smash instant mashed potato, who laughed so rudely at earth people peeling potatoes with our metal knives, boiling them for 20 of our minutes, and then smashing them all to bits.

Moreover, we didn’t have to get used to a series of different faces playing Brooke Bond, as with 007. It was always Louis. And yet the fame never went to his head.

‘He was quiet and calm, which is quite unusual for male chimps,’ said Dr Charlotte Macdonald, curator at Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire, where Louis died on Monday following a short illness. ‘He was sociable and popular with the keepers.’
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... off you go then. And don't forget my tea!

« Reply #1 on: Sat 13 July, 2013 - 09:46 pm »

     I loved the PG Tips chimp ...
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