Two Rolls-Royces are next to each other on a quiet country road. The electric windows slide down noiselessly. You know what comes next:
"Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?"
Ian Richardson, the British actor who made those words famous, died Feb. 9 in London. He was 72.
The mustard commercials were made in the late 1980s and were embraced by legions of Rolls Royce owners. You can still see jars of the mustard in the back windows of old Rolls and Bentley cars.
"The tag line in the commercial was that this was one of life's finer pleasures," Larry Elegant, who wrote the original Grey Poupon spot, told The New Yorker in 2004. "And that, along with the Rolls-Royce, seemed to impart to people's minds that this was something truly different and superior."