|This scum Sir Percy Ware-Armitage|
is driving Cruella insane!
IT MUST BE REWRITTEN OR ADDED TO!!
So sayeth the great Lord of Darkness Sauron:
or he will send Darth Vader to terminate you.
|~ Sir Percy Ware-Armitage after his plane is destroyed.|
Sir Percy Ware-Armitage (portrayed by gap-toothed English actor Terry-Thomas, who also voiced Sir Hiss in Disney' Robin Hood, as the quintessential British aristocratic cad) is the main villain in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965). Ware-Armitage, hearing about an air race between London and Paris with a huge cash prize, and enters, implying that he is willing to do anything to win, saying to his competitor Richard Mays' fiancée that he "never leaves anything to chance." He cheats at every opportunity during the race, frequently bullying his henchman/driver Courtney into sabotaging other racers. Percy personally sabotages a wheel on the plane of the American competitor Orville (possibly as retaliation to Orville causing Percy to crash his own plane in the nearby sewage farm) and drugs a glass of wine drunk by the original Prussian competitor (indirectly, since his intended target was the Japanese pilot Yamamoto), causing the incompetent Colonel Manfred von Holstein to take his place. Ware-Armitage loses when he is blinded by smoke from a train and his plane gets caught between two carriages. Frustrated, Percy runs towards the steam engine asking the driver to stop the train, but notices the train is entering a low tunnel. He manages to duck in time to save himself, but his plane is destroyed.
In the subsequent film Those Daring Young Men In Their Jaunty Jalopies (AKA Monte Carlo or Bust) (1969), Percy's identical son, Cuthbert Ware-Armitage (also played by Terry-Thomas), appears to take part in a road race to Monte Carlo, behaving in an equally nefarious fashion, and employing a henchman, Perkins, identical to Percy's Courtney (both portrayed by Eric Sykes).