From an earlier Channel 4 production: Mustique was Princess Margaret’s
Caribbean retreat where she went to relax, unwind and be entertained – all away from the disapproving gaze of the British establishment. She was holidaying there in 1974 after
her affair with Roddy Llewellyn – a man 17 years her junior –
had stalled, and met John Bindon, left.
BY PETE STANTON
When Queen Elizabeth’s (much more fun sounding ) little sister, Margaret, split from her husband Lord Snowdon in the early 70s, she reportedly enjoyed flings with a role call of iconic male suitors including Warren Beatty, Peter Sellers, Mick Jagger and David Niven.
Even more interestingly though, she is rumoured to have had a brief relationship with gangster turned actor John Bindon who has appeared in films from Ken Loach’s Poor Cow to Mod flick Quadrophenia – and who would later be a suspect in a murder trial.
Now this alleged brief coming together of a princess and a criminal is set to be the subject of a new film, The Princess’ Gangster, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
With a story so ripe for drama it’s no surprise that it’s cropped up in various guises on the screen before.
Channel 4 aired a documentary last year entitled The Princess and the Gangster which dramatised the supposed affair and the fight in which Bindon is alleged to have murdered south London gangster Johnny Darke in a nightclub. He was later acquitted at the Old Bailey (don’t get this mixed up with The Princess and the Frog, it’ll give your kids nightmares).
The Jason Statham film, The Bank Job, also included references to photos of Princess Margaret in a threesome being locked in a bank vault and the character of Big Chris, played by Vinnie Jones, in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is apparently based on Bindon who died of AIDS in 1993.
The film is set to be written by gangster film veteran, Louis Mellis, who also penned Sexy Beast and 44 Inch Chest and might want to consider doing a rom-com before he gets seriously typecast.
Watch Channel Four’s version of the infamous Johnny Darke fight below (Warning: This video contains strong language)…
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