family tree of course goes of course much deeper than we see here . Melanie
in Ladies Home Journal claimed Antonio must have two hundred
relatives in Spain. "Bandera" from the town of Casarabonela
is thought to come from "Abanderado" and to be of Moorish derivation.
of Antonio's parents were younger siblings that lost a parent when small.
His mother, Ana Gallego Bandera, born in the town of Casarabonela (15
kilometers from Carratraca), was one of sixteen children of Rafael and
Francisca, but only eleven of these survived.Her mother, Francisca, died
when Ana was two years old, after which she was raised by her oldest brother
Pepe, who was 28 years older than Ana.
grandparents on his father's side were Isabel and Bartolomí Domínguez.
José Domínguez, Antonio's papa, was just three years old when his father
died. Bartolomí was a Spanish army captain that came to earn the Spanish
championship in pistol-shooting on several occasions. Bartolomí returned
from Africa with an injury and suffering from diabetes. The two older
children, Serafín and Juan, studied in the school for military orphans
in Aranjuez, the only daughter of the family took courses to be a teacher,
and the youngest, José, entered the General Academy of Toledo. But the
Spanish Civil War broke out, and the General Academy of Toledo entered
began his professional career as a secret policeman and he achieved the
rank of subcommissioner. He refused the rank of commissioner (or superintendent)
because they would have asked him to move to another city, something that
he didn't want despite the advancement. The reason for José's choice was
that he wished to remain with his family. However, when he retired from
the National Police, it gave him the rank of commissioner as recompense
for his years of service.
expression "secret police" inspires inappropriate images in
the case of José Dominguez. During most of his years, Jose was employed
at the border, as a customs' agent, in the port of Málaga, or at the airport.
He also worked on the Imbatuta for ten years, a ship that made the Málaga-Tánger
crossing, controlling the exchange of passengers and goods. There appears
to be nothing "secretive" or undercover about his position.
He did however meet a few celebrities. Notably, he was a bodyguard for
Eva Peron when she visited Spain. He also met the Rolling Stones' Mick
Jagger on a Malaga-Tangier crossing.
Antonio's parents, Ana and José,
and Mel's mother Tippi enjoy Marbella's ambience shortly after the birth
of their granddaughter Stella.
parents married November 16, 1958 after a long courtship. The two met
when José was part of a contingent sent by Ana's brother Pepe to meet
her at the Bobadilla train station in 1950.