knights on bikes

Sir Ralph Richardson, age 73, in his crash helmet and on his BMW motorbike, ready to leave Prunier restaurant in St. James after lunch with Sir John Gielgud and Observer reporter John Heilpurn in 1975. The afternoon resulted in the fun article “Knights of the Lunch Table.”

Ralph and Johnny were dear friends but Johnny is keeping his distance from the bike: “The last time I rode pillion I was a stretcher case.” Photograph Jane Bown recalled: “I still have a vision of old Ralph going off on that great big motorbike.”