“The critics all bemoan the fact that the movie wasn’t ‘darker’ or ‘grittier’, but I applaud all involved for making a 12A movie that families with older kids can enjoy together, and I’m delighted that audiences have ignored the critics and flocked to the box office and, in so doing, arguably catapulting the status of Queen to be bigger than the Beatles.”
‘A tough act to follow’
“I am privileged to have seen Queen perform twice, with Freddie. The first was at the Brighton Centre in December 1979. The second was at Leeds United FC in 1983. As the reviewer says, the whole point of Freddie was that you couldn’t take your eyes off him. Even from hundreds of yards away, he’d have half your brain enslaved and singing along, while the other half of your brain was wondering how on Earth you’d been so captivated.
“Many years later a friend told me that there was a pub at Bolney, near Gatwick Airport, called the Queen’s Head, with Freddie’s portrait as the pub sign. I didn’t believe him (he was fond of gags like that) until I drove past it one day, and found it was true.