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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:35 am    Post subject: Bloopers & Gaffes !! Reply with quote

So which ones have you spotted ?
In 'Super Secret Cypher Snatch' today I noticed that when Simon Oates is on the walkie talkie, from the front shots the ariel is always down but cutting to the rear shots it's always up Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In 'Cat amongst the pigeons', when Purdey runs out of Steed's front door, you can see a microphone being held up in the left bottom corner Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is also that classic one where Steed walks into a building in a light grey suit and walks out in a dark blue one Laughing Can't remember the episode.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's got to be Faces when Joanna pushes Gareth into that door near the end. By his facial expression I'm guessing he wasn't acting that part and it hurt quite a bit!

Also any episode where the characters fall in the water and miraculously dry again, sometimes in the space of a couple seconds. You Have Just Been Murdered comes to mind.

And of course the Gales are rife with them, the best being Patrick's "Call me Bert!" to save poor confused Julie Stevens. And that camera man walking by casually because someone didn't shut the door properly in Intercrime.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Rotters - Steed in the bell tower. One second he's wearing a bowler, then hey presto !
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

in the video-taped era there were lots, Macnee was famous on set for pulling doorknobs off and wobbling sets by leaning on them too hard etc.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Noon Doomsday - the end tag. Tara finds a bottle of champagne in Steed's cast and attached to the bottle neck is a bright pink ribbon & bow with a large piece of jewelery attached to it. It's in close up as she hands the bottle to Steed, but both the bow and piece of jewelery vanish in mid transit from her to him !!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timeless A-Peel wrote:


Also any episode where the characters fall in the water and miraculously dry again, sometimes in the space of a couple seconds. You Have Just Been Murdered comes to mind.


I can't remember the episode now, but when Emma's fighting with a man in the water her head goes under water and her hair's clearly wet, and the next moment her hair's dry again!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You Have Just Been Murdered, I think.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:23 am    Post subject: Re: Bloopers & Gaffes !! Reply with quote

Avengerholic wrote:
So which ones have you spotted ?
In 'Super Secret Cypher Snatch' today I noticed that when Simon Oates is on the walkie talkie, from the front shots the ariel is always down but cutting to the rear shots it's always up Very Happy


Also from super secret, there's a scene where Tara having climbed up a ladder talks to Steed through an open window. She slides down the ladder only to look up from the ground sporting a completely different hairstyle. Then there's that excrutiating scene from Concerto where an actor completely dries, and Patrick has to try and cover for him, until you hear the prompt feed him his line off camera. Should have learnt his lines I suppose!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Far more annoying for me are lazy short cuts such as the Winged Avenger climbing the side of a tower block - footage used earlier in the episode - when the building is now a gothic mansion.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess when these episodes were made they didn't realise that 40 odd years later we would all be scrutinising them on dvd with pause and rewind functions! I bet the makers of this show didn't envisage people like us watching the same episode as many times as we do. It is fun to spot so many gaffes, but I expect no-one noticed on first viewing.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know its a fantasy series but other things that annoy me are scenes such as Tara dragging in an absolutely filthy dusbin full of grime & dirt and thinking nothing of tipping the whole lot out over Steed's white lounge carpet ! (False Witness) That's just ridiculous !
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which was the Blackman episode where one character throws a set of keys to another person on the other side of the set for him to catch, but he drops them very loudly then starts to laugh. Hilarious.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the flubs, bloopers, and continuity problems. It adds fun to the watching.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:03 pm    Post subject: take 234, please ? Reply with quote

Avengerholic wrote:
There is also that classic one where Steed walks into a building in a light grey suit and walks out in a dark blue one Laughing Can't remember the episode.


that is too funny..loads of similar mess ups..and as many have concured.
the goofs and similar miscues, is part of the charm of the show, especially
the early years...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As my father often observes, the Gale era was in essence 'live' three act plays so one has to expect the same problems one gets with theatre.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The classic Gale era blooper has to be the door that doesn't shut properly, revealing an entire camera pedestal and operator lining up for its next shot. Intercrime i think.

Cameras crashing into sets is also a common problem, I think it happens in Immortal clay when the camera is tracking in on James Bree and hits the bench. I remember reading that some cameras in the BBC had no zoom facility so to get a close up you had to stick the lens right in the face of an actor so these things are bound to occur if you can't re-shoot.

Booms popping into the top of the shot is something else I appear to be trained to observe.

Drying on a recording must be every actor's nightmare. Poor Nigel Stock! The time Macnee adlibbed in School For Traitors when Julie Stevens stumbled over her line lead him to completely lost his thread to be rescued by Julie Stevens!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the better messed up lines happened in Six Hands Across A Table where Guy Doleman's character tells Cathy Gale that he loves her, but he actually says "I love you Ros", which was the character name of his sister, of course Honor Blackman carried on stoically.

Not the best of starts to a romance I would have thought. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Considering that the first three seasons were 'live', I'm amazed there were no serious disasters. The odd fluffed line here, and the odd intruding microphone there, were all that were really noticable. All part of the charm of the early episodes. Season 3 was exceptionally good and flowed relatively seamlessly. Episodes like Don't look behind you, The charmers and The Nutshell were almost season 4 quality. Just shows how professional the team were.
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