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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
It's okay - Emma's got a cricket bat behind her back! Cool


She's just happy that he's not hooking it in her top like in that one of the beach. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can watch the full Escapade pilot episode here:

http://vimeo.com/14434885
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bramford wrote:
You can watch the full Escapade pilot episode here:

http://vimeo.com/14434885


Oh, wow! Very Happy Thank you, Bramford! I shall watch it later and see how it stacks up.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Bamford. Just watched it.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant, thank you. I'll have a watch at the weekend.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bramford wrote:
You can watch the full Escapade pilot episode here:

http://vimeo.com/14434885


Not any more, it's missing believed wiped.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darn it. Any chance of getting it elsewhere? Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, right. That's why I watched it quick - just in case it was pulled down.

I welcomed the chance to have seen it again, so thanks again bramford. The first time I saw this was one Sunday afternoon in 1979 but I didn't really stick with it and went back to my Marvel comics. So I paid special attention to it this time and watched some scenes twice.

The plot is hardly taxing though. I paused it, made a coffee and returned to it. I think Brian wrote this in his sleep to be fair; humour is forced and had that tacky sexual 70's vibe about it.

Apart from the silhouettes and the champagne in the opening credits there was no Avengers-ness. The Joshua character refuses to carry a gun and there is a scene with a brolly - but appropriately so, as it's raining. Oh, there was a teddy bear.

I was right about Morgan Fairchild - she was too frail to do any of the rough stuff. Her threatening karate poses were unintentionally hilarious. Pretty face though. She will always be Chandler Bing's mum in Friends to me, however.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
Ah, right. That's why I watched it quick - just in case it was pulled down.

I welcomed the chance to have seen it again, so thanks again bramford. The first time I saw this was one Sunday afternoon in 1979 but I didn't really stick with it and went back to my Marvel comics. So I paid special attention to it this time and watched some scenes twice.

The plot is hardly taxing though. I paused it, made a coffee and returned to it. I think Brian wrote this in his sleep to be fair; humour is forced and had that tacky sexual 70's vibe about it.

Apart from the silhouettes and the champagne in the opening credits there was no Avengers-ness. The Joshua character refuses to carry a gun and there is a scene with a brolly - but appropriately so, as it's raining. Oh, there was a teddy bear.

I was right about Morgan Fairchild - she was too frail to do any of the rough stuff. Her threatening karate poses were unintentionally hilarious. Pretty face though. She will always be Chandler Bing's mum in Friends to me, however.


Sounds more or less what I would have expected, but I would have liked to have seen it for myself. Thanks for the review, Dandy.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I daresay it will be available again eventually. At least it exists and is in circlation.

You never know it might even be available as an extra one day.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to wait, but went ahead and watched it this morning. I'm glad I did. My uncle caught it the one time CBS aired it back in 1978, but didn't tell me about it until later.

It was interesting. Although they tried to make Joshua "Steedish" by the "I don't like to carry a gun" business, to me he resembled an American Mike Gambit. I had no problem with Granville Van Dusen's take on the role.

I think Susie was supposed to be an American Purdey, but fell short. I like Morgan Fairchild, but she's not really "spy material". Her constant hitting on Joshua made me think of Gambit's many attempts at Purdey. That bit was way overdone and was getting quite annoying by the end of the episode.

Oz, the talking computer, was the weakest part of the whole thing and made me appreciate Mother a lot more!

As I said before, it was interesting to finally see it. I think it would make a great extra on one of the upcoming DVD sets. You could definitely tell that Clemens came up with it around the same time as TNA. He continued his tradition of "stealing from himself". I can see why it was not picked up as a series, though.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, did anyone rip it to a local copy? That had been my intention when I got home last night, but it was too late by then.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam wrote:


It was interesting. Although they tried to make Joshua "Steedish" by the "I don't like to carry a gun" business, to me he resembled an American Mike Gambit. I had no problem with Granville Van Dusen's take on the role.


The villain looked even more like Gareth Hunt I thought. But yes Joshua was a US Steed/Gambit amalgam.

Sam wrote:


I think Susie was supposed to be an American Purdey, but fell short. I like Morgan Fairchild, but she's not really "spy material". Her constant hitting on Joshua made me think of Gambit's many attempts at Purdey. That bit was way overdone and was getting quite annoying by the end of the episode.


Interesting how the roles were reversed. Susie was, what people would call today, a bit of a bunny-boiler.

Sam wrote:


Oz, the talking computer, was the weakest part of the whole thing and made me appreciate Mother a lot more!


That was excruciating. I think the gay/English computer (Oz) was a take off of C3PO. The humour was a bit laboured to say the least. I thought John Inman was stuck in it's data bank at first.

Sam wrote:


As I said before, it was interesting to finally see it. I think it would make a great extra on one of the upcoming DVD sets. You could definitely tell that Clemens came up with it around the same time as TNA. He continued his tradition of "stealing from himself". I can see why it was not picked up as a series, though.


I would never have commissioned this without a major re-write, perhaps even a re-cast - I thought the actress playing Paula Winters, the newbie agent was a better fit than Fairchild. At least with her auburn hair and Adidas track suit she looked more like a recognisable Avenger girl.

If Optimum ever do a New Avengers box set this would be an interesting addition.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was stated in one of the Rogers books that Joshua and Suzy were supposed to be Americanised versions of Steed/Gambit and Purdey, as opposed to any of the other Avengers characters, which makes sense considering the close proximity to TNA. I really, really want to see this now. I'l be very grateful to anyone who can offer a download link or something. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the opening sequence for Escapade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj9ohcdmhsU
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The full episode again for those of you who missed it.

http://sevenload.com/videos/COZkGQf-Escapade
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bramford wrote:
The full episode again for those of you who missed it.

http://sevenload.com/videos/COZkGQf-Escapade


Thank you! Very Happy Any chance of a download link in case it goes AWOL again?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timeless A-Peel wrote:
bramford wrote:
The full episode again for those of you who missed it.

http://sevenload.com/videos/COZkGQf-Escapade


Thank you! Very Happy Any chance of a download link in case it goes AWOL again?


I was thinking that too!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firefox offers several add-ons to download the video! Very Happy
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Firefox offers several add-ons to download the video! Very Happy


Way ahead of you. Already snagged myself a copy! Cool
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