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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely not Cyd, Diana had lots of stand-ins though.
Diane West, Dorothy Ford (stunts, e.g. the fencing in Correct Way to Kill), the one here and another who Steed also mistakes for Emma in "The Hour that Never Was"
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Other photo of Cyd, 1960s.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Article about Cyd in the magazine "Petticoat" from July 13, 1968:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally, famous photo with Cyd (published in printed media) in good quality.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photo, she seemed to able to morph into both Diana and Linda, There is a scene where Cyd has a full face shot in False Witness when she's chasing a milk float, you have to really, really look hard to see it's not Linda.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgive me as I'm don't know how to post the video on here, but for anyone on Facebook:

Go to Drake Judo Club - Tavistock

Click on video at the top of the page.

The second video down (BBC Spotlight) is a short report featuring Cyd (Christine) from Dec 2017.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I spoke on the phone with Christine (Cyd) some years ago when she assisted me with the book Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots, she was involved with a children's swimming club.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday I finished watching the episode "Never, Never Say Die" and made a great discovery for myself - Cyd Child does not appear in this episode at all, as believed earlier for many years. !!! Shocked Shocked Shocked
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, today I again analyzed all the footages in mentioned episode with participation Emma Peel in order to confirm it.

There is only one footage where Diana Rigg seems to have been replaced by an double (this is not very clear on the DVD Optimum - when Emma Peel in Lotus drives to the cottage of Eccles - in any case, it's not Cyd and even no stunt driver which usually did the work for Emma Peel in the first block of series 5) and a few others footages where the camera focuses on Emma's hands (clearly this is usually work of stand-in).

How did it happen that Cyd did not appear in the episode, although it is known that she worked in it, at the least for final fight?

Memoirs of Cyd:
"I did hurt myself, a bit, on The Avengers once. We had this scene to do with Diana, Patrick and Christopher Lee and they wanted me to dive into this brick wall... I was supposed to have been thrown through the air by Chris Lee. I couldn't picture how to do this in my head somehow and sort of thought that it would sort itself out when I did it. It didn't though, I just dived into the wall and hurt myself, went flat on my back on the floor. Diana and Patrick were very concerned. They worried about me and told me to take a mustard bath - and Diana actually covered for me! They changed the stunt slightly and she did the scene, because I was crawling up to my dressing room. I was okay. I'd just bruised my back."

It turns out that Cyd could not participate in the final fight, because she was damaged at the first stunt in this scene (I think they started shooting the fight from this point). Of course they could find a replacement, but it looks like they did not have enough time for it, because Christopher Lee was involved in the scene, who had a tight work schedule and of course a high salary. I think that the situation was that they had to shooting the fight within a short period of time (maybe even in one day - it all depended on the schedule of the team and the actors), so they simplified the stunts so that they could be performed by Diana Rigg herself. By the way, it is quite possible that this was another reason why they canceled the heroes' battle with their duplicates. Confused

Now I'm going to IMDb to delete the name Cyd from this episode. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All being well, myself and MikeR should be seeing Cyd at the end of the month so if youíve got any questions, post them here.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's great. There are a couple of questions I'd like to ask Cyd. What was the most dangerous stunt she ever had to perform on The Avengers Question Is there a particular stunt that did not work on the show, and if so how did the crew adapt the stunt so that it did work? Also,does Cyd have any interesting behind the scene stories that we fans may not know about. Thanks, Rich. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news. Cheers!

There are many questions that would be interesting to ask Cyd.
An curious topic is her cooperation with other regular stuntmen on the series and with whom she had the best relationship? Wink

This is important point, whether she will truly remember anything about a girl named Annabelle Wise or Annabelle Covey. Wink as it was not raised in an interview published in the fanzine of Dave Rogers.

Material in the fanzine of Dave Rogers is mentioned that Cyd had a photograph of Diane Enright, if Cyd still has it - it will be discovery, thanks to Cyd, to reveal the identity of one of Diana's stand in.

Have there ever been cases where she performed any other functions on the series except as a stunt girl?

Were there any special stunts on The Avengers that Cyd invented herself?

Did she like the Emmapeelers? What Emma Peel's and Tara King's costumes were more "memorable" for her?

What sort of stunts did she like more for her performance and vice versa. What of their stunts Cyd performed she is happy in the end?

Other curiosities are, which Avengers episodes she likes most? Very intriguing for knowing. Wink

What were the basic principles of the difference in performing stunts in the Avengers and the TNA on her own experience? Yes, it's interesting that she will personally answer, as the school of stuntmen of the 1970s went on to more realistic performances in contrast to the 1960s.

Does she remember any Avengers/TNA scenes with her participation that were eventually cut out? Wink

It was thought it was a great pleasure to work with Ray Austin when he was a director and stunt arranger in one person. Given that Ray's film direction for the episode The Bird Who Knew Too Much was the debut - scene "springboard and jump into the water" - Cyd recalls about this work with Ray on mentioned scene? What it was like to work with a regular film directors and Ray Austin as film director and stunt arranger in one person? That is, what was difference - was it harder or easier for her?

Did she feel during the work on the episodes with Emma Peel a certain deficit in female stuntwomen, taking into account that the there stiil were stuntmen during this period who doubled the female characters. For example, Art Thomas doubled Sally Nesbitt in the fall in the episode The Joker (1967), etc.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does she remember the name of these performers?




Or any others in my unknown list...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow - thatís a lot of questions Smile Iíll see what I can do but I doubt Iíll be able to ask them all.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, material looks already as "whole interview". Wink Well, in order if Cyd will find such a number of questions as a sort of obtrusiveness, I would highlight from my following:

1. This is important point, whether she will truly remember anything about a girl named Annabelle Wise or Annabelle Covey, as it was not raised in an interview published in the fanzine of Dave Rogers.

2. (Very important) Material in the fanzine of Dave Rogers is mentioned that Cyd had a photograph of Diane Enright, if Cyd still has it - it will be discovery, thanks to Cyd, to reveal the identity of one of Diana's stand in.

3. (Very important) Have there ever been cases where she performed any other functions on the series except as a stunt girl? If so, it would be great if she could recall the titles of the episodes or scenes for these?

4. Which Avengers episodes she likes most? Very intriguing for knowing. Smile

5. Does she remember any Avengers/TNA scenes with her participation that were eventually cut out?

P.S./ Personally, I'd like to hear Cyd's answers to Piers and Rich's questions. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another point is if Cyd will not against such a number of questions higher, it's how the name "Cyd" was "invented" and when she began to use it. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hereís a picture of Cyd in her role as The Scrutineer taken last Saturday as she started the Dead Manís Treasure Hunt at Shenley Hall (and some bloke in the background Wink )



And here she is at the pond in Murdersville holding a photograph showing her on the ducking stool:



Denis - I asked her but she doesnít have a photograph of Diane Enright. She said she liked her a lot as she wouldnít try to do something that should have been done by a member of the stunt team, despite the director offering her more money to do so. She wouldnít take that work away from the stuntmen and women.

She liked doing the fight scenes Best because of her judo background and didnít like heights and particularly anything involving fire. She said there was one fire scene where she doubled for Diana (From Venus With Love? Mike will remember which episode it was) and afterwards she realised that she had her Emma Peelerís on back to front but she didnít want to do another take so they left it as it was.

She also spoke about Escape In Time and the scene where Mrs Peel is chased by the motorbike rider in the quarry which is mentioned in Mikeís book. The director, John Krish, kept asking for re-takes and each time asking Cyd if she could allow the bike to get closer to her. After several such requests Cyd just had enough and decided that she would just let the bike hit her, which it did.

That probably answers Cyberrichís question although she sustained a more serious injury on For Your Eyes Only when she doubled for Cassandra Harris in the beach buggy scene. Because of the lack of clothing required for the scene she was unable to wear any pads and so practiced at low speed, gradually building up the approach speed of the buggy each time. When it became time for the take, for some reason a different driver (actually one of the famous Remy Julien team, in fact I think it was his son) got into the driverís seat and drove at a much higher speed than they had previously rehearsed, resulting in her sustaining quite serious injuries.

The macaw seen at the end of that film was actually hers and had a screen test to see if it was suitable for the scene on the boat. It had actually belonged to Diana Rigg during her time on The Avengers but she said she could no longer look after it and so Cyd took it on.

There was plenty of other stuff she talked about but Iíll have to try and remember some of it. Iím sure Mike will be ale to contribute a few stories in the meantime.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that. Smile Interesting to hear Cyd's replies. I sort of guessed From Venus with love was a challenge! I was impressed with her dive in The bird who knew too much, but she probably thought that was a piece of cake. Cyd looks very well! She must be nearly as old as Diana now. Was the last photo taken at Aldbury Village? Has it changed much? Does it look the same as it did in Murdersville? I did read that the pond had dried out a few years ago. I've never been on one of the treasure hunts. They look fun. Rich.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Treasure Hunt weekend was another very hot experience, as most of them are.

It was great to finally meet Cyd/Christine as we had spoken on the telephone and exchanged a number of emails some years ago when I was writing Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots. Itís really good when you actually meet these people associated with the series and I find that they every bit as approachable as via telephone and email.

Cyd talked about how Linda always wanted to do her own stunts and she would attempt to get the stunt made simpler, so she would be able to do it, rather than a stunt person. The one instance Cyd could remember was the episode Noon Doomsday, which was filmed on location at Brian Clemensí farm at Ampthill, in Bedfordshire. There was a fall off a high wall and Linda took coaching from Joe Dunne how to perform this, but there were a huge amount of cardboard boxes out of shot to break her fall.

She disliked having to perform stunts with fire and as mentioned the flaming curtains in From Venus with Love, was not a favourite sequence.

She recounted how she was driving the red Mini in The New Avengers episode Sleeper and when the windscreen shattered she instinctively punched the glass out so she could see, but only later felt her arm was wetÖ with blood. She also mentioned that there was no ambulance there on that day and so it meant a trip to a hospital. The following day at the location there was an ambulance, but it was not needed.

During The Living Dead she doubled for Diana Rigg for a fight scene inside the cell with Julian Gloverís character, physically lifting him up and throwing him on the bunk. However, this was not Julian Glover, but actually stuntman Terry Plummer and the scene was shot twice. On the second take, Cydís face was visible on camera for about a second and production controller Jack Greenwood was unhappy with her about this as it gave away that it was not Diana Rigg doing the scene. Although this does appear unjust considering what Cyd had just done.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's great to hear these behind the scene stories. Very Happy I hadn't realised it was Cyd who punched her fist through the shattered windscreen in Sleeper. It was expertly edited (even on it's shoestring budget), so it actually looks like it's Joanna. A shame Cyd got injured doing this stunt, but she helped to create one of the most memorable scenes in TNA, so we have much to thank her for Exclamation Rich.
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Iíve remembered another three of instances that Cyd spoke about.

When she jumped off the bridge to visit Motherís headquarters in They Keep Killing Steed, she knew that the depth was not that great near the sides and so she had to land directly in the middle so the depth of water would help break her fall. This stunt was done at the bridge in The Grove at Watford, which some of us visited on Friday afternoon.

When we visited Rabley Park, near Ridge, on Saturday with Cyd Child, she recounted the big fight scene she did here in All Done with Mirrors against Gozzo played by the 6ft 3ins, 20 stone professional wrestler, Big Bruno Elrington. I had to laugh when Cyd informed us that Big Bruno had actually complained about her for being too rough!

We walked beside the river here, which is also known as Long Lake and this was seen in the episode The House That Jack Built, plus we also walked down to the gatehouse that featured in The Hidden Tiger. This large property and estate has changed hands since our last visit some years ago when we had director John Hough with us, for a whopping £3.95 million, so if want to live in Avengerland you better start doing the lottery.

Cyd also doubled for Diana in the water fight scene at the lake/bridge in Aldenham Park, seen in You Have Just Been Murdered. She fought stuntman Les Crawford (who usually doubled for Roger Moore in The Saint) and he threw her about a lot and ducked her under water on several occasions. Cyd said she just kept thinking, ĎI win, I winÖ itís in the script, I winí.
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