Pirates. Buccaneers. Charismatic Criminals of the Seven Seas. The wind in your hair, the wheel in your hand and the salt on your face. The Ultimate Freedom. It’s no wonder we’re all fascinated with pirates, they fly in the face of authority, they don’t have to worry about NHS cuts and they get to wear really nice hats! We all say we want to be a pirate but who’d really want to be scrubbing decks all day, making fast the mainsail or sitting in a crow’s nest? We don’t want to be pirates, we want to be Pirate Captains because for the last 60 years we’ve been watching them on screen swagger and bluster their way through films. Sadly most of us aren’t up to this job as we’re not as charismatic, drunk or ruthless as they are so today I’m going to find out which of the scurvy lot would be best to sail the Seven Seas with. So Shiver your Timbers, Heave Ho and pour the Rum as to celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists (out today), we find the Top Ten Pirate Captains of all time!
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10) Captain Nemo (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – 1954)
The Captain: Nemo is definitely ruthless but he also has a Shakespearian way with words killing entire ships of people whilst lamenting the future of mankind and the value of money in the same breath. He’s a gruff old seadog but although he’s consumed by hate he does show rare moments of compassion. He’s a bit sentimental but James Mason does pull the heartstrings when he “Takes the Nautilus down for the last time”
The Crew: Well if we wanted adventure there’s plenty of that aboard the Nautilus but he has a fiercely loyal crew, a rarity in piracy, so you kind of have to go with what he wants and if that’s a watery grave well you better just suck it up and hold your breath!