JB Fact File: Male Partners
Jeremy Brett and Mr Binks with Gary Bond
Gary Bond is said to have enjoyed a close and loving relationship with Jeremy Brett with whom he lived with in Notting Hill for a time. But the timeline of their relationship is under some debate:
Previously, it has been suggested by Terry Manners that Jeremy first saw Gary Bond in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' and subsequently formed a relationship with him in 1973.
Elsewhere online it has been suggested that Gary and Jeremy's relationship lasted seven years, and started when Gary met Jeremy back stage during 'A Talent to Amuse' in 1969. This was later changed to when Gary is supposed to have said the relationship became serious.
According to retired actor's agent David Graham, Gary's relationship with Jeremy started earlier, in 1963, when Gary Bond was on tour with 'Chips With Everything' in New York:
Had it been within my power to
choose, Gary bond would have become my life's companion. When 'Chips
With Everything' was brought to New York, he
was among the original British cast that came with it. Ashley-Steiner
had been asked by his agent to represent him, and I was the luckly
bloke assigned to look after him. Young blonde and handsome he stuck me
as the most beautiful man I had ever seen. One
Saturday afternoon between performances Gary came to my apartment for a
drink and a snack. We ended up in bed together and I was completely
smitten. It was only afterwards I learned he was in a relationship with
Jeremy Brett at the time.
Page 263 - 264 of Casting About: a Memoir by David Graham
... and Gary and Jeremy's relationship was over by the time American actor Paul Shenar took a trip to England:
When Paul Shenar was planning a trip to London, he asked if I would give him some names to look up while he was there. I thought he would enjoy meeting both Jeremy and Gary, Jeremy because both he and Paul were actors of like stature. Less than a week after Paul's arrival in London Jeremy and Paul called to say they had fallen madly in love. They remained partners for about five years and as had Jeremy and Gary after their affair was over they remained friends until Paul's untimely death several years later. Page 265 from 'Casting About: a Memoir' by David Graham
Jeremy Brett with Paul Shenar
Paul was known to have had a long-term
relationship with an Englishman also in the acting profession, and
Jeremy's relationship with Paul Shenar may have started in 1973, when
Paul is known to have been on vacation in Europe - according to Paul
Shenar's friend, actress Marsha Mason.
Some people question David Graham's reliability as a source for correct information - due to his constant name dropping and preoccupation with sex - as many have Terry Manners for his exploitive writing style and numerous timeline related errors in his book 'The Man Who Became Sherlock Holmes'.
To complicate matters further there have been many individuals online that have claimed insider knowledge on Jeremy Brett or someone closely linked to him (such as Robert Stephens or Gary Bond), without a shred of evidence to back up their claims. None of these people can be regarded as reliable sources by any stretch of the imagination.
The late film director John Schlesinger's account of Gary and Jeremy's relationship (which appears in his authorised biography 'Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger') seems the most reliable to date. Schlesinger recalls Gary and Jeremy living happily together in Nothing Hill, West London, in the early part of the 1970s. John Schlesinger was the romantic couple's next door neighbour and without a doubt knew both men well. Schlesinger never appeared to have any malice towards Brett or Bond, and so his rather naughty account of their relationship appears free from questionable ulterior motive.
Fact File © Rebecca Wilde 2011/2012