“Some minor decorating, some touching up, and it became just like home.” Dr. Phibes walked me through the subterranean castle he’d built in the Egyptian desert. The last time he had been at this particular abode was back in the early ’70s. He was surprised when I told him that it was still intact. I was a bit concerned when he held the snake near me–I could not tell if it was alive or clockwork as he was fond of using both; “How did you find us?” he queried, having gone down the River of Life with Victoria back then. I shared that as he’d jumped into the river he had left one of his calling cards behind. I simply followed the clues to the renovated (and much less ostentatious) residence on Maldine Square. Satisfied, he allowed me to interview him by taking me on a tour of his last known whereabouts. We even came from England on steamer, just like he’d done back then. The Egyptian castle was quite comfortable but I was concerned about sleeping there; Dr. Phibes reassured me: “Sleep on…, for regal claws of noble birds guard well your place of rest. For those poor fools that dare intrude, the penalty is death.” Well now! That was comforting, no? I did in fact sleep quite well, despite the fact that the only available place was in a glass-sided Rolls Royce affair.
Upon awaking, I found Dr. Phibes and his wife enjoying a bit of breakfast. They’ve told me that I’d be coming along for their next adventure; I don’t think it was an invitation.
Where can we find two better hemispheres, without sharp north, without declining west? My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears, and true plain hearts do in thee faces rest. Within twenty-four hours, my work will be finished, and then, my precious jewel, I will join you in your setting. We shall be reunited forever in a secluded corner of the great elysian field of the beautiful beyond!
[Italicized quotes directly or indirectly quoted from the imdb.com database of movie quotes from “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” and “Dr. Phibes Rises Again”]
Our friendly sprites over at the Daily Post asked us to interview our favorite fictional character; how could I do anything but go on a world-wide hunt for Dr. Anton Phibes? Everyone knows he always comes back…