On this day in auto history - November 3rd

Tue 3rd Nov 2020

It was on this day in 1999 that celebrated Scottish actor Ian Bannen was tragically killed in a car accident whilst house-hunting on the banks of Loch Ness.

The 71-year-old was a passenger in a Renault Laguna - driven by his wife Marilyn Salisbury - which was discovered overturned near to a notoriously tight bend at the end of the one-mile Knockies Straight between Inverness and Fort Augustus.

The Braveheart actor’s wife - who passed a routine breathalyser test - was airlifted to hospital but survived the accident with relatively minor injuries. She has never been able to remember what happened 

An Oscar-nominated actor with over 50 films to his credit, Bannen - famously a hell-raising drinking companion of Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole in his younger days - had been awarded a BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.

He had been enjoying something of a career resurgence at the time of his death following his acclaimed performance in the hit comedy Walking Ned.