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    Does anyone recall a British television advert for Sandeman's port back in the 1960's, with the tagline 'Find The Don'? It featured actor Edwin Richfield chasing 'The Don' through what looked to be a Spanish fort/hacienda ('The Don' dressed in 'Zorro' fashion). Finally bursting onto (I think) a rooftop, Richfield seens The Don's spanish hat - runs across - whips it away - to find a bottle of port, and 'The Don' mysteriously disappeared. The advert had a thrilling music accompaniment - very much like something John Barry would have composed, but I can find no references to Barry as composer - and have never been able to track down this elusive advert since it was shown on television.



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    Yes totally spooked me out some of those Sandeman ads I found them disturbing, you can actually see their influence at work in The Prisoner especially (when he climbs the bell tower) in Arrival and Fall out.

    The music didnt sound like John Barry to me but sort of a jaunty electric organ piece if I remember correctly

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    You can view the advert here ....



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    thanks for finding that batman.



    that one had the music from Peter Gunn if Stephen wants to know?



    i do remember some others with Edwin chasing the Don with various music stings.



    'mystery guest' from the 70s pretty spooky eh?

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    I remember them going right through into the 70s.

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    When I was at art school my graphic design teacher was a big fan of the poster artist George Massiot Brown. Brown was a Scotsman who worked for the Lochend Printing Company, he created the poster and image of "The Don" and sold it to Sandeman for 50 guineas in 1928, Sandeman quickly registered the image as a trademark. At the time French poster art was very much in vogue so Brown pretended to be French and signed his work G.Massiot, pronouncing Massiot with a French accent!! He must have had a good laugh about it but the last laugh was on him I suppose, considering the success and usage of the image for such a relatively small fee. The Sandeman poster/logo is often described as being "French" or as typical "French Style" poster art of the 1920s, I suppose that sounds more exotic than being British or Scottish!

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