James Bond star Daniel Craig has led tributes to actor Albert Finney, with whom he appeared in 2012’s Skyfall.
“I’m deeply saddened by the news of Albert Finney’s passing,” he said. “The world has lost a giant.
“Wherever Albert is now, I hope there are horses and good company.”
Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also paid tribute, saying “it was a privilege to work with him and an honour to have had him as part of our Bond family.”
Finney’s death at the age of 82 has prompted a flood of tributes to the British star, one of the leading actors of the post-war era.
Christopher Eccleston, who hails from Finney’s home city of Salford, told BBC North West Tonight: “He was the only actor I knew of from Salford, so he was my inspiration.”
He added: “What was interesting about him was he could deliver very, very truthful performances, but he also went on stage and played classical roles, and of course he was trained by and understudied Laurence Olivier, so he could do it all.”
‘Infectious sense of humour’
Paul Greengrass, who directed Finney in 2007 thriller The Bourne Ultimatum, said he would “miss him enormously”.
Greengrass said: “Albert was one of our greatest actors, significant not just for his talent but for the way he made British theatre and cinema reflect life as it was truly lived.”
He continued: “Off screen he brought his infectious sense of humour to work every morning. He loved every aspect of the business and we in turn loved and revered him.”
US actress Bernadette Peters, who appeared alongside him in 1982’s Annie, was among others to express sadness.
Comedian and novelist David Walliams remembered him simply as “the beautiful Albert Finney”.