Dame Diana Rigg’s final film role, Last Night In Soho, is about to hit cinemas and director Edgar Wright has revealed why the movie will always be ‘special’ to him.
Filming wrapped on Last Night In Soho just weeks before the late Diana Rigg died at the age of 82 in September 2020, but the James Bond actress was a trooper until the end, according to the director.
Edgar, who wrote the screenplay alongside Krysty Wilson-Cairns, told Metro.co.uk: ‘The last thing I did with Diana was was recording dialogue with her which happened only a week before she passed away. it’s difficult to talk about because I could talk about Diana for like four hours straight.
‘But she was such a pro that it was amazing to me that in a period where her health was failing, and she probably knows that she might not be around for much longer, her first thought was “I have to finish my part in the movie”.
‘I was in her situation, I probably wouldn’t be that dedicated. But it says everything about her and what a pro she was, to be like, “I will finish the job.”’
Despite the sad loss of Diana shortly after, Edgar doesn’t look back on the time with sadness, but great joy that the pair were able to work together.
He says: ‘The last time that I saw her is not a sad memory for me, it’s a happy memory because she was so funny, and so on form.
‘It was just a delight to be around her so I walked away so full of joy, having spent 90 minutes with her. And then you know, a couple of weeks later, she’s no longer with us.
‘But you can obviously be sad about somebody not being with you anymore, or losing a colleague and a friend, or you can just be grateful and happy that you got to work [with her] and know her at all. I’ll always have that and that’s something that’s really special to me.’
Last Night In Soho follows the parallel lives of the modern-day fashion student Eloise and a glamorous sixties singer called Sandie.
After Eloise moves in to live with Diana’s character Ms Collins, her inherent psychic ability starts to spiral out of control and see her plagued with violent ghosts from the past.
Edgar revealed that the spiritual element was in part inspired by his mother, who also has the ability of mediumship.
He joked: ‘My mum is what I would call supernaturally switched on in terms of my mother is somebody that does feel presences and does sometimes see ghosts, and growing up with my mum, I think me and my brother were both envious that we’ve never seen one!
‘That was our takeaway, really even as a horror fan it’s like “I just want to see one.” My mum has seen about 14 and it’s like, I’d just take one in a bedsheet, one time, I’d be happy!
‘But it is interesting I think with people’s perception of Eloise’s gift is obviously there’s what you believe and what I would like to believe in terms of being so psychically connected that the events of the past itself become apparent to me.
‘Obviously – not giving anything away – but if you went into a police interview room and recorded that as fact, they’re gonna look at you like you’re crazy.’
Last Night In Soho is released in cinemas on October 29.
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