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Just not Banks!
on 27 June 2013
I have read and hugely enjoyed all of Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks novels, not least because of Inspector Banks himself who comes across as sexy, edgy, smart and sometimes a little troubled. I felt for him when his marriage fell apart and appreciated the chemistry between him and Annie. I listened to his music with him in his car and in his home and appreciated his pride in his son's success with his band in the later novels.
I realize it is very difficult to translate a detective novel to the screen and it is true that most TV detectives may bear little physical resemblance to the author's creation but this is not necessarily a drawback as ITV struck gold with the late great John Thaw as Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as his sidekick Lewis; yet Morse was the younger man in the books and both men were, in some respects, quite different physically in the novels by Colin Dexter than the actors who portrayed them on the small screen.
The problem with Stephen Tomkinson as Banks is he comes across as turgid and unattractive and there is not an ounce of chemistry between him and the female leads. Where is the charisma and sex appeal that draws most females to Alan Banks. One of the attributes that is most associated with Banks is his love of and eclectic taste in music and this never really comes across. Remember Morse and his love of opera and classical music.
This is not to say that Stephen Tomkinson is not an accomplished actor but he is, in my opinion, not the best choice to play Banks.
For me the stories' merits and demerits pale into insignificance when I am confronted with this insipid and leaden version of Banks.