BBC’s The Night Manager stars Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine, Jack Linden, Tom Quince, and Andrew Birch and Hugh Laurie as Richard Onslow Roper. Hiddleston and Laurie are evenly great and fierce warriors in the field of espionage drama. But, Tom Hollander’s flamboyantly fun Major Lance “Corky” Corkoran steals the thunder from them. Hollander’s Corky is not as tall nor as intimidating as Iraq veteran Pine and billionaire arms dealer Roper, but Corky’s eye for detail, barbed tongue and acute mind make him the best goldmine for The Night Manager’s quotable quotes. Corky with a bottle or three of alcohol makes one wicked night of partying and an endless barrage of one-liners. It goes without saying that Corky is my favorite character in the show. For a review of The Night Manager, please read this.
Quotable Quotes from The Night Manager (Mostly from Major Lance “Corky” Corkoran):
“You’re paying the bill, Dicky. Which means you are the map.” – Lord Alexander “Sandy” Langbourne (Alistair Petrie)
“Well, that’s a better color. Lovely deep purple. Better than the blue baboon look of last week.” – Major Lance “Corky” Corkoran (Tom Hollander) to the recuperating Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) after the latter was beaten to a pulp.
“I will hood you, and hang you up by those lovely ankles until the truth falls out of you by gravity. Toodle-oo.” – Major Lance “Corky” Corkoran to Jonathan Pine
“Still, the canapés were good.” – Major Lance “Corky” Corkoran, after the birthday party of Juan Apostol’s (Antonio de la Torre) daughter was cut short due to her suicide.
“Off every tree you may freely eat, maids, serving wenches, cooks, typists, masseuses, even the lady who comes to clip the canary’s claws. But if you lay one hand on that precious fruit (turning towards Jed Marshall’s (Elizabeth Debicki) direction), then like the Belgians in the Congo, we’ll chop it off. And I don’t mean the hand.” – Major Lance “Corky” Corkoran to Jonathan Pine
“God’s urinal, I call this.” – Major Lance “Corky” Corkoran, standing beside his gym bunnies as he is urinating on the grass and trees below
“Barefoot she walked, along the beach, to the old cottage where the hero waits.” – Major Lance “Corky” Corkoran to Jonathan Pine, referring to Marshall’s evening stroll to Pine’s cottage.
“To the victor… and to the blind man who can’t see the human bloody hand grenade in front of his bloody eyes.” – Major Lance “Corky” Corkoran to Richard “Dicky” Roper (Hugh Laurie)
“He has worn khaki himself, so don’t feel you need to talk pretty.” – Richard Roper referring to Jonathan Pine while talking to his mercenaries.
“War is a spectator sport.” – Richard Roper to Jonathan Pine during “fireworks display”.
“Nothing is quite as pretty as napalm at night.” – Richard Roper, while looking at the effect of napalm bomb to a virtually deserted village.
“That’s the smallest grave I ever dug.” – Tabby, talking to Frisky about Corky’s grave. It is a shame that Corky did not make it to the finale, but his words live on long after his body decomposes in an unmarked pile of dirt.
“Ah-ah-ah! We need that pretty face for the buyers.” – Richard Roper to Tabby, stopping him from hitting Jonathan Pine across the face.
“Who are you really in the grand scheme of things?” – Richard Roper to Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), an intelligence operative who has been investigating Roper’s illegal activities for over a decade
“You have to commit. You have to make a decision.” – Jonathan Pine to Richard Roper, to which Roper replied, “Couldn’t you just scratch my nose, could you?”, winked and continued, “See you in a few days.” Did they really see each other after that?