NARRATION. “When the day came to record this, Olivier did it very well. Finished, he stood up in the recording booth, respleendent in red braces, and reached for an elegant brown tweed jacket. I joined him in the booth and remarked, pointedly, ‘You do realise, don’t you, that those words at the star of this are, out of the whole twenty-six hours, the very first words the viewer will hear?’ ‘Ah,’ he said, and put the jacket down. ‘I’ll do it again.’
This time we got perfection – with the letter ‘a’ in the phrase ‘Garages and barns’ pronounced more ways than you might think possible, and the ‘a’ in ‘Glâne’ unlike any other ‘a’ you ever heard.
When I listen again to Laurence Oliviers narration, the voice I hear is deft, subtle, strong, compelling. I do not believe it could have been better done…” (Jeremy Isaacs: Look Me In The Eye, 2006)