"He’s a Commander of the British Empire and has already won three Bafta awards. From 2009 to 2012, he was president of the Royal Geographical Society. And he’s the only man I know to have not just one but two railway engines named after him. For the past 50 years, he’s been the best friend I could ever have hoped to have. Despite the rumors, he really is the world’s nicest man. Except if he’s getting hungry."