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martyoreen wrote:Wishing you and all members of the Forum a very happy New Year ! Thanks for your very informative reply ! Sorry to hear Gambit hurt his back...mind you he did tussle with some physically impressive men in Hostage, Emily and Lion the Unicorn ! Mentioning the Lion and the Unicorn , Purdey's actually a lot skinnier than I had originally noticed , but the clothes she wears can conceal this, and she can look physically very impressive indeed ! Agreed Gambit Is quite fit ! Purdey is reasonably agile, (and most of her training is geared to improving this one aspect of her Fitness !) but I doubt very much she'd have the agility of say Bond Girl Kim Basinger ! Slouch ,yes I think, quite noticeable and she is noticeably hollow chested also !Wearing a cape and long, very capacious, right up to the knee boots in Medium Rare Purdey looks physically very impressive as she does wearing (very voluminous) floral dress and boots visiting Gambit,s in Faces Purdey is loved because of the way she plays the role ; her haughty, superior air, the dagger-eyes snoot look she throws, that posh plummy voice and the way she shapes up before going in to action, which she does better than all the Avenger Girls with the possible exception of Emma Peel on occasion Extremely Fit she is not and I reckon if you asked Joanna, she was surprised Caroline Munro was stronger than her , and she'd admit that Purdey wouldn't last too long in a doorway with Adele Bloemendaal Great to do crash courses etc ... but use it, or you lose it !
I suspect Gareth's back suffered not just from the fights, but doing things like jumping onto airplane wings and the like. But it all adds up in the end. He did an enormous amount of his own stuntwork, and that's eventually going to take its toll, as it did on Joanna. They frequently went home covered in bruises. Joanna remembers having to wear dark stockings because her legs were covered with so many bruises, they needed to cover them up somehow. But I really have to disagree that Joanna wasn't extremely physically fit for the series, simply because it's a matter of record that she was in very good shape during the shooting of the series. She obviously couldn't do the actual martial arts herself or benchpress 100 lbs or anything, but they worked both her and Gareth extremely hard. Joanna could run so fast the camera couldn't keep up with her, and neither could all the professional stuntpeople, even though she was wearing impractical footwear all the time. Now, obviously when the show finished, she wouldn't have to work so hard any longer, so I can't comment there. But while the show was going, Gareth and Joanna were both extremely fit, as everyone who worked on the series has attested to.
She was quite thin, though, much the way Diana Rigg got thin when the stain of doing the series and theatre work simultaneously took its toll. They worked the stars of these series too hard, looking back--it was borderline exploitation, really.