Cast This: Master Raymond

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***If you have not read Dragonfly in Amber (Book 2) and do not want to be spoiled, do not read this post.  You have been warned.***

For our third Cast This post, we are focusing on the character of Master Raymond. Master Raymond appears for the first time in Dragonfly in Amber.  He appears pretty early, as I have even come across him a few times in my re-read of the novel.  This is a character that probably not many fans have strong feelings about who would play him in the television series, but he is a beloved character.  Diana Gabaldon even said that she might write a book devoted to him, but he is present in The Space Between novella.

Here is a description:

We first encounter him in 1744 in Paris.

“‘How do you do?’ I (Claire) said to the top of his head.” Chapter 8, Dragonfly in Amber

“For Master Raymond resembled nothing so much as a large, genial frog.  A touch over four feet tall, barrel-chested and bandy-legged, he had the thick, clammy skin of a swamp dweller, and slightly bulbous, friendly black eyes.  Aside from the minor fact that he wasn’t green, all he lacked was warts.” Chapter 8, Dragonfly in Amber

“He lacked teeth altogether, enhancing the froggy impression still more, and I stared at him in fascination.” Chapter 8, Dragonfly in Amber

“Master Raymond waved her away, then hobbled to the window, coughing and clutching his sides, to open the leaded panes and allow some of the smoke to escape.

‘Oh, that’s better!’ww he said, inhaling deeply as the cold spring air rushed in.  He turned to me, smoothing back the long silver hair that brushed his shoulders.” Chapter 8, Dragonfly in Amber

“I explained my needs, and he nodded sagely as he listened, the thick gray hair swinging forward over his shoulders.  He wore no wig within the sanctum of his show, nor did he powder his hair.  It was brushed back from a high, wide forehead, and fell straight as a stick to his shoulders, where it ended abruptly, as though cut with a blunt pair of scissors.” Chapter 8, Dragonfly in Amber

Which actor would you choose to play Master Raymond and why?

Please comment below with your choice and add a photo of the actor if you choose. I will make a new post in a couple of weeks with your top three choices.  

Here are my personal suggestions that came to me while writing this post:

Tom Hollander

Tom Hollander

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson

Wallace Shawn

 

Wallace Shawn