But, as he delivered his final set of financial results yesterday, before finally stepping down on 30 September, Mr Eisner, must have been wondering where all the enchantment had gone.

Mr Eisner's hankering to expand into Europe has also not impressed investors. He reportedly wanted to set up EuroDisney just outside Paris because he had fallen in love with it when he was at college. Unfortunately, the French did not feel the same way. Public resistance and lagging attendance drove EuroDisney almost to the point of bankruptcy.

Mr Eisner, who has described wanting to have a "third act" in his life, is rumoured to be keen to try another profession when he leaves: acting. It might be a precious chance to put the pizzazz back into his Hollywood legacy, if he can get a studio to take him on.