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Peter Bowles (1936-2022) RIP

 
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mariocki
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2022 2:45 am    Post subject: Peter Bowles (1936-2022) RIP Reply with quote

Sadly, the prolific actor who appeared in 4 episodes of The Avengers has died at the age of 85 from cancer:

https://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/national/20000150.manor-born-star-peter-bowles-dies-aged-85/

A very sad loss. RIP.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2022 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad news indeed, one of the great Avengers guest actors.
And quite memorable from other appearances as well The Saint, The Persuaders and in Avenging the Avengers.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2022 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He was brilliant in everything, not least The Prisoner episode "A. B. and C.".

I remember him very well from the immensely popular series To The Manor Born where he was a great comedy leading man. Similarly in Only When I Laugh as a posh hypochondriac.

My favourite role of his must be as Guthrie Featherstone QC MP in Rumpole of the Bailey with Leo McKern, a brilliantly-written and acted series which still gets repeated almost daily. Lytton's Diary, which he devised, had too short a run - very enjoyable. He had an amazing theatre career too.

I will watch Second Sight, the Avengers season 3 story, tonight to remind myself of how superb he always was in this mad show of ours.

Rest in Peace lovely Mr Peter Bowles, and thank you for all the fun.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2022 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankymole wrote:
He was brilliant in everything, not least The Prisoner episode "A. B. and C.".

I remember him very well from the immensely popular series To The Manor Born where he was a great comedy leading man. Similarly in Only When I Laugh as a posh hypochondriac.

My favourite role of his must be as Guthrie Featherstone QC MP in Rumpole of the Bailey with Leo McKern, a brilliantly-written and acted series which still gets repeated almost daily. Lytton's Diary, which he devised, had too short a run - very enjoyable. He had an amazing theatre career too.

I will watch Second Sight, the Avengers season 3 story, tonight to remind myself of how superb he always was in this mad show of ours.

Rest in Peace lovely Mr Peter Bowles, and thank you for all the fun.



another light has been dimmed....great character actor, of sorts...and thanks for reminding me of Leo McKern...another fine actor...whom I was first introduced as a teen in the Beatles ' Help ' film....
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2022 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was sad to hear this news on the radio on the drive home. He was a terrific actor and was always a joy to watch especially in To the manor born. He had perfect comic timing, and was also superb in the episode of Rising Damp he made. He was terrific in all 4 Avengers episodes, especially Escape in time. The radio said Marlon Brando considered Peter Bowles his favourite British actor. RIP.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2022 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't top Franky's comment, he was a great comic actor and could do a dramatic turn with a degree of scenery chewing; always a delight to watch.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2022 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is very sad to hear! One of great actors with a lot of memorable roles has left - from the last one I watched the TV series Victoria.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2022 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh no!!!!

I was just thinking about him and Penelope Keith. He was a lovely actor.

I recall one of the last things I've seen him in was a film, Lilting, starring Ben Wishaw and Chen Pei Pei
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2022 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

frank wrote:
Oh no!!!!

I was just thinking about him and Penelope Keith. He was a lovely actor.

I recall one of the last things I've seen him in was a film, Lilting, starring Ben Wishaw and Chen Pei Pei


he certainly was....and sadly, as the next few yrs continue to fly back, we will see even more actors, writers, directors, etc who worked on shows like the Avengers, the Saint, etc pass away....and eventually, no one from that era, will be left...but we will have the shows, and their memories...
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2022 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allard wrote:
Sad news indeed, one of the great Avengers guest actors.
And quite memorable from other appearances as well The Saint, The Persuaders and in Avenging the Avengers.


Another great Avengers quest actor gone. And I just watched Escape in Time two days ago. We're losing too many too quickly. RIP.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2022 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently watching The Bounder on Forces tv, a sitcom I hadn't heard of before. It was written by Eric Chapell who also wrote the brilliant Rising damp. Peter Bowles is excellent in this. He had a natural flair for comedy. I've always felt that if Patrick Macnee hadn't been available, then Peter Bowles would have made an excellent John Steed.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2022 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, wasn't he wonderful in To The Manor Born? Great charisma. His characters certainly stack up well against Macnee's Steed on screen. Simon Oates played Steed on stage, but Peter would've been excellent.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2022 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankymole wrote:
Yes, wasn't he wonderful in To The Manor Born? Great charisma. His characters certainly stack up well against Macnee's Steed on screen. Simon Oates played Steed on stage, but Peter would've been excellent.




Oates would have been hard to top.....
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2022 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankymole wrote:
Yes, wasn't he wonderful in To The Manor Born? Great charisma. His characters certainly stack up well against Macnee's Steed on screen. Simon Oates played Steed on stage, but Peter would've been excellent.


I wonder if there is any existing video of the play. I would love to see how Oates portrayed the character of Steed. He had an elegant ruthlessness in "You've Just Been Murdered" not unlike Steed in some episodes.
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2022 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon Oates' character Spelman in The New Avengers' episode Hostage is quite suave too. Neither are as flamboyant as his vaguely Steed-like role as Dr John Ridge in Doomwatch (early 1970s), which reminded me a bit of Derren Nesbitt's similarly opulent Chief Inspector Jordan in Special Branch around the same time. With Steed getting more floral shirts (and hefty sideburns) in the later Tara episodes, I do worry that if The Avengers had carried on into 1970 and 1971 we might've got Steed sporting huge butterfly collar shirts and kipper ties! At least we know he would've avoided flared trousers.

As characters, of course, both John Ridge and Elliot Jordan fulfil the "ruthless" criterion, and I think Steed may have been influential on them; as he no doubt was on hard-edged gentleman adventurers like Jason King and Adam Adamant, and even the third Doctor Who.
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2022 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

J.Mac3 wrote:
Frankymole wrote:
Yes, wasn't he wonderful in To The Manor Born? Great charisma. His characters certainly stack up well against Macnee's Steed on screen. Simon Oates played Steed on stage, but Peter would've been excellent.


I wonder if there is any existing video of the play. I would love to see how Oates portrayed the character of Steed. He had an elegant ruthlessness in "You've Just Been Murdered" not unlike Steed in some episodes.


no doubt...Macnee and Oates, were two different actors...about 180 degrees from each other
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