Acceptable Ethnic Targets: Two of Harold's henchman talking about the chef he's hired: "He's a right awkward ponce." "Well, he's French, innie?"
Alternative Character Interpretation: Harold Shand can be considered a generally positive character who is loyal to his friends and is eager to build a new future fot the Britain. It is just that his subordinates mugged the monster who then thwarted his projects and destroyed his empire.
One of Pierce Brosnan's first film roles as the IRA hitman, pretty much as a walk-on. Back when it was made, Brosnan was an absolute nobody. By the time the DVD came out (twenty years later), he had his own segment on the special features, talking about how he got the part.