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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian, there you must to supplement the word "Avengers" with other keyword (s), for example by the years - "Avengers" and "1967" - or by performers - "Avengers" and "Macnee" - etc. Wink

In recent years, this is inevitable that every day on the Internet more and more material on the Marvel' Avengers (much more than British TV Avengers) and I notice that even when in the Russian-language Google I type the keyword Avengers and other, for example "TV" or any performer from the series - I always get to the movies The Avengers. It's harder to look for over the years. Sad
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Curious point, dear Avengers fans, when Steed fights Wade - it really isn't Les Crawford as stunt double for James Maxwell. Wink

Maybe Les was as stunt double for James Maxwell only in the fight scene "Emma Peel vs Wade"? Alas, it is not visible on Optimum.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched the episode Something Nasty in the Nursery by DVD Optimum and noticed the following:

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 607).

Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Emma Peel)
Arthur Howell (Stunt Double for Nanny Roberts)
Cliff Diggins (Stunt Double for Unknown Performer)
Rocky Taylor (Stunt Double for John Steed)
Art Thomas (Stunt Double for Unknown Performer)
Paul Weston (Stunt Double for Unknown Performer)


Yes, it is clear face of Cyd as Emma in the screenshot below:



But there was no doubt how Mike's book refers to Cyd in this episode again on page 223, and there is pic in an interview with Cyd from fanzine Dave Rogers.

Hmm, in addition, it seems that exactly Cyd in Lotus arrives at the parking lot, while the other girl (Annabella Heath?) plays as Emma in Lotus in other footages.

There is a good surprise that Arthur Howell is stunt double for Trevor Bannister not only as a driver in a mini van (Mike's book - page 223 - sadly, it is not clearly on DVD Optimum), but in the next footage too:



That is all. You will not see the face Cliff Diggins, Rocky Taylor, Art Thomas and Paul Weston even on Blu ray, I'm sure.

The most plausible guesses for them may be the following:

Paul Weston as stunt driver and even stunt double for John Steed in footages "Steed + Bentley". Moreover, he can be a double for Steed when he was walking in the park.

Rocky Taylor as John Steed
? Maybe, but frankly looks his participation could not get to the final editing of episode (if he actually was there).

Art Thomas
I think he could be the stunt double for Dudley Foster as a nanny Roberts when Steed punches him in the flat of the general. Art Thomas was a specialist in disguises, so it seems the most likely. He, for example, doubled for Sally Nesbitt in episode The Joker.

Cliff Diggins
Most likely he was a stunt driver.

And I don't know who is the stunt double for Trevor Bannister when Steed hits Gordon near Bentley. Confused Confused Confused He does not look like any stuntman mentioned in this post.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul has stated that he did all the wheelchair sequences, being towed by a vehicle so he had little to no control.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
Paul has stated that he did all the wheelchair sequences, being towed by a vehicle so he had little to no control.


Thanks for the info, Piers. Wink Looks like Paul was as the sort of main stuntman in this episode. I think this is so.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched the episode The Joker by DVD Optimum and noticed the following:

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (pages 609-610).

Rocky Taylor (Stunt Double for John Steed & Max Prendergast)
Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Emma Peel)
Art Thomas (Stunt Double for Ola Monsey Chamberlain)


1. Hmm, amazing but it doesn't look like Rocky Taylor as John Steed falling down the stairs for me (this is the only footage where there was a double for Patrick). Screenshot below:



In fact, it is difficult to determine using DVD, but by identification, he is closer to Joe Dunne than Rocky.

2. The second surprise, I did not find Cyd Child in this episode. All the footages where you see Emma's face in an action (except for her in the car on the background - Annabella Heath? (clearly seen is not Cyd Child)) is given to Diana. There are a few footages where Emma's hand (s) (is) are present on the close-up, but I doubt that they belong to Cyd. It is most likely that all the footages with Cyd were not used or deleted during final editing of TV episode.

3. Yes, it looks like Rocky was doing stunt double for Peter Jeffrey as Max. You do not see his full face, but the hairstyle and manners is like Rocky.

4. Art Thomas probably fell down the stairs for Sally Nesbitt.

Also, there are unknown stand-ins, one of the curious is man on street:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched the episodes Who's Who??? & Death's Door by DVD Optimum and result is the following:

Who's Who???

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 611).

Les Crawford (Driving Double for Basil [John Steed]) Yes
Joe Farrer (Driving Double for Tulip it is not visible
Rocky Taylor (Stunt Double for John Steed) Looks like
Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Emma Peel) Not sure
Joe Dunne (Stunt Double for Unknown Performer) Maybe as stunt double for Tulip

More, there are rumors that Annabella Wise (Heath) was as stunt double for Diana in the fight with Lola. Shocked (source, for example, book The Ultimate Avengers). I analyzed the scenes, definitely if Annabella is in episode, she performed her usual functions.


Death's Door

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 613).

Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Emma Peel) Yes
Rocky Taylor (Stunt Double for John Steed) Yes
Joe Dunne (Stunt Double for Stapley & Cliford Evans) Yes
Bill Cummings (Stunt Double for Jepson) (exactly stunt driver) it is not visible
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