RIP James Gandolfini

Woke up this morning to read the sad news about the premature passing away of actor James Gandolfini. What a shame to die so young.

I didn’t see The Sopranos when it was aired, but many years later I bought all the series on DVD and watched it over the course of a few weeks. Like millions around the world I fell in love with the charms of Tony Soprano, the tender-hearted Mafioso trying to strike an impossible balance between running a crime organisation and raising a family in the suburbs. The opening sequence of Tony driving home to New Jersey with the New York skyline receding symbolically in his rear view mirror, and the theme song “Woke Up This Morning” playing in the background, will forever be imprinted in my memory.

RIP James Gandolfini. You will be sorely missed.

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