While he hasn't done much lately, he was one of my favourite actors when I was a kid. I think he was the best Hercule Poirot on film -- I just watched Death on the Nile again last week and he was great. And as the Beeb says: he was a well-known raconteur. And I love any and all raconteurs.
If I could fix me up a week of twilight hours we'd sit on the point and watch the sun continually flounder. Bathed in gold we'd plug into some kind of power and connect with those days back before all of this went sour.