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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I never thought it was Bob in your screenshot from The Correct Way to Kill, Piers, but I should take a better look when I get to the subject.


I just checked and a different angle shows it is NOT Bob so I don't think Bob is in the episode. Were you just guessing because fencing was involved?
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denis rigg wrote:
I never thought it was Bob in your screenshot from The Correct Way to Kill, Piers, but I should take a better look when I get to the subject.


I just checked and a different angle shows it is NOT Bob so I don't think Bob is in the episode. Were you just guessing because fencing was involved?


No, one stunt double from The Correct Way to Kill has a long face and similar facial features. If I'm wil more sure that this is Bob, when I start researching the subject, I'll take a screenshot. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some pictures of Paul Weston’s appearances:














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Great pics, Mariocki, it's nice to know that Paul Weston was multidisciplinary in The Avengers - stand-in, driver, stuntman and actor. It is possible that he was somewhere in The New Avengers too.

While I am watching the black and white episodes with Emma Peel by Blu Ray and still no new finds regarding stunt doubles there.
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I almost didn't recognise him with the moustache! Good that he got scenes with Edwin Richfield, an Avengers stalwart who was in all six seasons, I think.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:13 am    Post subject: Re: Stunt doubles in the Avengers film era: Episode list Reply with quote

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Cheers, thanks to Blu Ray, now I can confirm that the stunt double for John G. Heller is Peter Brayham (I had a suspicion when watching this footage with him on the Optimum DVD, see screenshot below).



At the moment, this is the only episode where Peter has been identified.
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Castle De'ath by Blu Ray.

It is very clearly seen on Blu Ray that Jack Lambert's stunt double is Billy Cornelius. Very Happy I still can't identify Diana Rigg's stunt double against Billy Cornelius, but she looks closer to Dorothy Ford.

Moreover, I think this stunt double (screenshot below) for Gordon Jackson is the "father of British stuntmen", Paddy Ryan.


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The Danger Makers by Blu Ray.

It is seen on Blu Ray that Patrick Macnee's stunt double is Rocky Taylor, while watching on DVD I was not sure.



Moreover, I had a hunch that the driving double for Nigel Davenport could also be Rocky Taylor.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Honey for the Prince by Blu Ray.

Patrick Macnee's stunt double is definitely Rocky Taylor, as there are frames when he turns in profile in the fight against Roland Curram's stunt double.
In turn, it is very likely that this Roland Curram's stunt double is Richard Graydon, who plays George Reed in the prologue of the episode.


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Small Game for Big Hunters by Blu Ray.

While Patrick Macnee's stunt double is Rocky Taylor, James Villiers's stunt double is Terry Richards.



An odd choice of stunt double for James, considering Terry is tall. This is seen in first footage with Terry (see pic above) as he bends down against Rocky to make it appear that he is shorter than he is.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Thirteenth Hole by Blu Ray.

This is Les Crawford as Victor Maddern's stunt double in the final fight.



Stunt double for Peter Jones is most likely Joe Farrar.

Umm, I used to get the feeling that in some of the black and white Emma Peel episodes, Patrick's driving double is Roy Everson, but this episode has a very clear feeling.



Stand-in for Diana Rigg in Bentley (pic above) is definitely the same person who plays Emma lookalike in The Hour that Never Was (pic below). I used to get this feeling for Diana Rigg's stand-in in some of the black and white Emma Peel episodes too.


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Quick-Quick Slow Death by Blu Ray.

Interestingly, it looks like Ray Austin as the car driver that knocks Willie down in the prologue of the episode.

Stunt double for James Belchamber is Joe Farrar.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've finished analyzing the Emma Peel episodes.

Bottom Line:

b/w Emma Peel episodes

1. Looks like Joe Farrar was the most frequent stunt double.
2. Rocky Taylor was the most frequent stunt double for Patrick Macnee, although he began to perform this function from the episode The Thirteenth Hole.
3. Looks like Roy Everson was the most frequent driving double for Patrick Macnee.
4. Although Dorothy Ford has claimed that she was stunt double for Diana Rigg as Emma Peel a lot, this is only one episode - Castle De'ath - where a stunt performer similar to Dorothy can be seen.


color Emma Peel episodes
1. Cyd Child was the most frequent stunt double.
2. Rocky Taylor was the most frequent stunt double for Patrick Macnee (but who would have doubted Very Happy ).
3. Paul Weston was the most frequent driving double for Patrick Macnee (but who would have doubted, again Very Happy ).
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tara King episodes by Blu Ray.

Invasion of the Earthmen

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 632).

Paul Weston (Double for John Steed) Looks like, as the driving double
Cyd Child (Double for Tara King) Yes
Rocky Taylor (Double for John Steed) Yes
Clifford Diggens (Double/Driving Double for Huston) Yes, as the driving double
Peter Pocock (Double for Bassin) Most likely, I don't know what Peter looks like
Joe Dunne (Double for Alpha Academy Student) Yes
Richard Grayden (Double for Alpha Academy Student) Yes
Steve Cory (Double/Driving Double for Trump) Most likely, but only as a stand-in, there is no driving double for Trump
Liz Mitchell (Double for Tara King) Most likely as a stand-in
Bill Morgan (Double for Brigadier Brett) Maybe

1. When our heroes jump away from the falling rocks, it is seen that Cyd Child is stunt double for Linda Thorson.

2. When Steed jumps at Huxton, it could be Cliff Diggins as the stunt double for Christian Roberts (according to Mike's book), but his face is not visible, so it is impossible to identify.

3. Bill Morgan was probably the stunt double for William Lucas when Linda threw him into the room, but his face is blurry due to movement.

4. Yes, it is Cliff Diggins as the man in the space suit when he falls to the floor from Tara's kick.


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mariocki wrote:
Here are some pictures of Paul Weston’s appearances:

What episode is this picture from, please?
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Frankymole wrote:
What episode is this picture from, please?


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Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 636).

Rocky Taylor (Stunt Double for John Steed) Yes
Billy Cornelius (Stunt Double for Stanley) Yes
Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Tara King) Yes
Paddy Ryan (Stunt Double for Earle) No
Romo Gorrara (Stunt Double for Gardiner) Yes

1. Driving double for Patrick Macnee, as usual in color episodes, is Paul Weston.

2. It looks like Paddy Ryan was not included in the final cut as a stunt double for Anthony Bate, but he may have got into the frame as the Earle lying on the floor (screenshot below). Very Happy


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denis rigg wrote:
The Thirteenth Hole by Blu Ray.
Umm, I used to get the feeling that in some of the black and white Emma Peel episodes, Patrick's driving double is Roy Everson, but this episode has a very clear feeling.



Stand-in for Diana Rigg in Bentley (pic above) is definitely the same person who plays Emma lookalike in The Hour that Never Was...

Just for clarity, the "Bentley" also has a stand-in, a 1924 Vauxhall 30/98 also used in "The Gravediggers".
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2. It looks like Paddy Ryan was not included in the final cut as a stunt double for Anthony Bate, but he may have got into the frame as the Earle lying on the floor (screenshot below). Very Happy
Maybe, but that looks a lot like Anthony Bate (especially as he's so close to the camera, it might be perilous to use a stand-in for a static shot so close up).
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denis rigg wrote:

2. It looks like Paddy Ryan was not included in the final cut as a stunt double for Anthony Bate, but he may have got into the frame as the Earle lying on the floor (screenshot below). Very Happy
Maybe, but that looks a lot like Anthony Bate (especially as he's so close to the camera, it might be perilous to use a stand-in for a static shot so close up).


I also think it's risky to use doubles up close, but for example in this episode Paul Weston as Steed is very clearly visible entering the phone booth. Confused Umm, actually there might even be someone other than Anthony Bate and Paddy Ryan for Earle lying on the floor. Good shot.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's not Anthony Bate they've found someone who is the spitting image of him - brilliant casting. And therefore good directing in allowing such a close, still, shot.
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