Michael Winner, the film director-turned restaurant critic and bon viveur who has died aged 77, was a cantankerous egomaniac who was always outspoken and never afraid to offend.
His films, particularly the brutally violent Death Wish series, which he described as "an entertaining romp," stirred major controversies on both sides of the Atlantic
In Who’s Who, Winner listed his hobbies and interests as “eating, being
difficult, making table mats, washing silk shirts” and “doing Pilates
badly”. He might have added “turning down honours”. He was offered an
OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2006 but rejected it, saying: “An
OBE is what you get for cleaning the toilets well at King’s Cross