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Stunt doubles in the Avengers film era: Episode list
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2021 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Love All

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 682).

Paul Weston (Stunt Double for John Steed) Yes, very obvious
Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Tara King) Yes, very obvious
Fred Haggerty (Stunt Double for George Fryer) Yes
Romo Gorrara (Stunt Double for Nigel Bromfield) Looks like

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Take Me to Your Leader


Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 684).

Joe Dunne (Stunt Double for Phillipson/Scarecrow) Impossible to identify
Alf Joint (Stunt Double for John Steed) Maybe, as the driving double according to the Mike's book.
Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Tara King) Yes, also as the stand-in
Paddy Ryan (Stunt Double for Cavell) Yes, with a wig
Gerry Crampton (Stunt Double for Captain Tim) Yes
Paul Weston (Stunt Double for John Steed) Yes
Alf Joint (Stunt Double for Colonel Stonehouse) Impossible to identify

Gillian Aldam (Stunt Double for Audrey Long) Maybe
Gerry Crampton (Stunt Double for Shepherd) Yes

Curiously, this stand-in (screenshot below) for Patrick Macnee was in the episode Love All too.





I'm just amazed at the info turned up by Denis, etc...mind boggling..yet so vital to the enjoyment and understanding on how the series was made...and the pics are off the charts...good job !
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2021 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, there is a suspicion that I will never find Steve Emerson and Derek Ware as stunt performers on The Avengers, although their involvement is mentioned. Wink

Just now I came to to a certain thought that this stand-in on the screenshot below could be Brian Chutter, who was a stand-in for Patrick Macnee in the episode Wish You Were Here. Confused


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2021 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 686).

Paul Weston (Stunt Double for John Steed) Yes
Romo Gorrara (Stunt Double for Tara King) No. Cyd Child is the stunt double as usual.
Dorothy Ford (Stunt Double for Lisa) Yes
Dave Wilding (Stunt Double for Kreer) Maybe
Rupert Evans (Stunt Double for Wilks) Yes

Driving double for Patrick Macnee is the same man (pic below) from the episodes Love All and Take Me to Your Leader.



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Fog

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 688).

Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Tara King) Yes
Peter Brace (Stunt Double for Mark Travers) Yes
Paul Weston (Stunt Double for John Steed) Looks like
Peter Brace (Stunt Double for Sir Geoffrey Armstrong) Yes
Joe Dunne (Stunt Double for Osgood) Impossible to identify

1. Mike Stevens, who was the stunt double for Patrick Macnee in some b/w Emma Peel episodes (also driving double in one b/w Emma Peel episode) comes back. He is the stand-in and driving double for Patrick Macnee in this episode. Smile

2. John Clifford is Guy Rolfe's stand-in (screenshot below).



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Who Was That Man I Saw You With?

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 690).

Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Tara King) Yes
Paul Weston (Stunt Double for Corporal Powell) Maybe
Joe Dunne (Stunt Double for Corporal Hamilton) Difficult to identify
Rocky Taylor (Stunt Double for Corporal Powell) Yes
Cliff Diggins (Stunt Double for Aubrey Phillipson) Yes
Gerry Crampton (Stunt Double for Perowne) Yes
Fred Haggerty (Stunt Double for Dangerfield) Yes
Alf Joint (Stunt Double for Gregor Zaroff) Yes
Paul Weston (Stunt Double for John Steed) Yes

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Pandora

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 692).

Paul Weston (Stunt Double for John Steed) Difficult to identify by Blu Ray
Frank Barringer (Stunt Double for Henry Lasindall) Impossible to identify
Gerry Crampton (Stunt Double for Rupert Lasindall) Yes
Dorothy Ford (Stunt Double for Miss Faversham) Impossible to identify
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 694).

Paul Weston (Stunt Double for John Steed) Yes
Terry Richards (Stunt Double for Kruger) Yes
Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Tara King) Yes

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Homicide and Old Lace

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 634).

Original

Cyd Child (Double/Driving Double for Tara King) Yes, as the driving double
Sadie Evan (Double for Rosemary Reed's Character) Maybe, for the actress who playing a receptionist
Rocky Taylor (Double for John Steed) Looks like
Joe Dunne (Double for Fuller) Yes
Billy Dean (Double for Freddie Cartwright) Doesn't look like, his participation could have been cut

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 696).

New footages

Paul Weston (Stunt Double for John Steed) Yes
Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Tara King) Yes

I still think the man below is Bill Sawyer.



1) When he gets out of the taxi, it becomes more noticeable.
2) The person does а stunt peculiar to the stuntman. Bill Sawyer is stuntman.
3) Mike's book mentions Bill Sawyer's involvement in this episode (page 634).

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Requiem

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 696).

Joe Dunne (Stunt Double for Murray) No. Maybe as the driving double.
Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Tara King) Yes, also as the driving double
Les Crawford (Stunt Double for Rista) Yes
Paul Weston (Stunt Double for John Steed) No, only as the driving double
Dorothy Ford (Stunt Double for Jill) Difficult to identify
Peter Brace (Stunt Double for Dr Wells) Yes
Joe Dunne (Stunt Double for Major Firth) Yes
Cliff Diggins (Stunt Double for Lieutenant Barrett) Yes
Rupert Evans (Stunt Double for Bodyguard) Maybe
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is sorta mind boggling, the info and images posted by Denis...and It has to be from viewing blu-ray, right ? VHS, and first gen dvd transfers probably couldn't have supplied so many 'crisp' images...I'm wondering if the series will ever see a 4K release.? and sadly, the U.S. is still waiting for blu ray for the series
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It is curious that Germany, which did not have licensed VHS editions of the series (although I did not see pirated ones either), has licensed DVDs and Blu Rays, but for example Italy, which had licensed VHS and DVD editions, does not have Avengers Blu Rays at all. This market for the series is now held in the UK, Germany and France. There is no Blu Rays for Avengers/TNA also in Australia, the Netherlands and Spain where this could be the case.

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Take-over

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (page 699).

Paul Weston (Stunt Double for John Steed) No, maybe only as the stand-in
Cliff Diggins (Stunt Double for John Steed) Looks like
Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Tara King) Yes
Les Crawford (Stunt Double for Fenton Grenville) Impossible to identify
Romo Gorrara (Stunt Double for Gilbert Sexton) Yes
Joe Dunne (Stunt Double for Ernest Lomax) Yes
Dorothy Ford (Stunt Double for Circe Bishop) Difficult to identify

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Bizarre

Go to the Book by Mike Richardson (pages 700-701).

Paul Weston (Stunt Double for John Steed) Yes
Cyd Child (Stunt Double for Tara King) Yes
Max Faulkner (Stunt Double for Master) I don't recognize, but maybe
Joe Dunne (Stunt Double for Shaw) Yes
Paddy Ryan (Stunt Double for Charley) Yes
Bill Sawyer (Stunt Double for Jonathan Jupp) Difficult to identify
Roy Scammell (Stunt Double for Helen Pritchard) Impossible to identify
Peter Brace (Stunt Double for Unknown Performer) No, he is the driver of the car that crashes into Steed.
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The Australian market is infuriating as most TV shows are only released on DVD here, even if they were originally filmed in HD or 4K and have been released on bluray elsewhere. This leaves me to buy TV shows on bluray from overseas, I see no point in buying DVD any more. (Listen up, Madman!)
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dissolute wrote:
The Australian market is infuriating as most TV shows are only released on DVD here, even if they were originally filmed in HD or 4K and have been released on bluray elsewhere. This leaves me to buy TV shows on bluray from overseas, I see no point in buying DVD any more. (Listen up, Madman!)



so if dvd's are out, is the future digital downloads ? etc
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The research work for the Tara King episodes is complete.

Bottom Line

1. Cyd Child was the most frequent stunt double.
2. Paul Weston was the most frequent stunt double for Patrick Macnee, he began to perform this function from the episode "My Wildest Dream".
3. Looks like Paul Weston was the most frequent driving double for Patrick Macnee.

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General Bottom Line

The following peoples have not been identified or found as stunt doubles that were mentioned with The Avengers series:

Steve Emerson, Beryl Martin and Derek Ware.

Other well-known people as stunt doubles were also not found in The Avengers film period, although they may be somewhere, since some stunt doubles from the Emma Peel episodes have not been identified.
Selected list:

Micky Baker, Bernard Barnsley, Marc Boyle, Ken Buckle, Alan Chuntz, Tim Condren, George Lane Cooper, Mick Dillon, Steve Donahue, Jim Dowdall, Terry Duggan, Eddie Eddon, Ray Ford, Tex Fuller, John Gallant, Roberta Gibbs, Martin Grace, Reg Harding, Frank Hayden, Norman Hibbert, Rusty Hood, Jazzer Jeyes, Max Latimer, Rick Lester, Valentino Musetti, Keith Peacock, Peter Perkins, Joe and Nosher Powell, Mike Reid, Doug and Joe Robinson, Bob Simmons, Tony Smart, Eddie Stacey, Roy Street, Connie Tilton, Chris and Robin Webb, Bill Weston.

Vic Armstrong did not appear on The Avengers as a stuntman at all, only in screen tests for TNA.

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Moreover

I re-watched the final fight in the episode The Town of No Return. With the new analysis of Patrick Macnee's stunt double, I got the impression that this is Cliff Diggins, that it is quite possible, since not long before that he was Patrick's stunt double in the episode Silent Dust and appeared in the episode The Hour That Never Was.


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News

Les Crawford, Looks like the stunt double for Alex Scott in the b/w Emma Peel episode "Too Many Christmas Trees"
Arthur Howell, Looks like the stunt double for Larry Cross in the b/w Emma Peel episode "Quick-Quick Slow Death"
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denis rigg wrote:

I re-watched the final fight in the episode The Town of No Return. With the new analysis of Patrick Macnee's stunt double, I got the impression that this is Cliff Diggins, that it is quite possible, since not long before that he was Patrick's stunt double in the episode Silent Dust and appeared in the episode The Hour That Never Was.
Who doubled for Macnee in the opening fencing scene? Rocky Taylor? Who doubled for Diana Rigg?
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dissolute wrote:
The Australian market is infuriating as most TV shows are only released on DVD here, even if they were originally filmed in HD or 4K and have been released on bluray elsewhere. This leaves me to buy TV shows on bluray from overseas, I see no point in buying DVD any more. (Listen up, Madman!)


true...but not all series / episodes, have been upgraded to blu-ray,or 4K..and DVD is the only option...unless you're still using VHS, or laser disc...
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denis rigg wrote:

I re-watched the final fight in the episode The Town of No Return. With the new analysis of Patrick Macnee's stunt double, I got the impression that this is Cliff Diggins, that it is quite possible, since not long before that he was Patrick's stunt double in the episode Silent Dust and appeared in the episode The Hour That Never Was.



Definitely Cliff
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Who doubled for Macnee in the opening fencing scene? Rocky Taylor? Who doubled for Diana Rigg?


In certain shots, it looks like Mike Stevens as stunt double for Macnee in the opening fencing scene. Confused Rocky Taylor was not there, he appeared as a regular from the next episode Castle De'ath. Before Rocky (in Avengers film era), there was mainly Mike Stevens, Cliff Diggins and Ray Austin as stunt doubles for Patrick. Wink
It is difficult to identify who was Diana's stunt double - maybe Dorothy Ford.

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denis rigg wrote:

I re-watched the final fight in the episode The Town of No Return. With the new analysis of Patrick Macnee's stunt double, I got the impression that this is Cliff Diggins, that it is quite possible, since not long before that he was Patrick's stunt double in the episode Silent Dust and appeared in the episode The Hour That Never Was.



Definitely Cliff


Thanks, Piers. Changed Cliff Diggins paragraph. I deleted "Maybe" from "Stunt double for Patrick Macnee in the b/w Emma Peel episode "The Town of No Return".
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