Philippa wrote: Maartje wrote:
Yes, that's the one, I forgot her name, sorray.
She was pretty stubborn though, you must give her that: auditioning for both Emma as Purdey. That website actually states that Diana was a replacement too?! Good for them that they found her in the end, she's wonderful!
And yes, you're right about the other Gambits. I could have imaged another Purdey (would have been hard though) but an other Gambit? Let's say at least Gareth was the most handsome guy of them all!
Yes Diana replaced Elizabeth Shepherd, who was originally cast as Emma Peel. They filmed about 1.5 episodes with her, and then they decided they didn't think she was right for the part, so she was replaced.
She was very blonde, in the Cathy Gale mode. Recently we discovered she was having an affair with the stunt arranger, Ray Austin, and that also played a role in her dismissal. I think Diana was the better choice, though, she had more warmth.
Gareth was definitely the best looking of the bunch, and I don't think anyone else would have been able to infuse him with the right amount of humour, toughness, and vulnerability (because Gambit is
vulnerable, even though I think people miss that), while still doing all the stunts and filling out the suits so well. Purdey probably wouldn't have worked as well without Joanna (and, indeed, wouldn't have been "Purdey" at all), but Gambit needed Gareth to make him more than just an action man.
Maartje wrote:Then the fourth girl would probably have had a different, less original, name yes. But no Charley either, because they got in trouble with copyright for using that name after all.
I very much doubt if Joanna would ever have had another ''break-through'' if it wasn't for TNA. It's a bit harsh to say, but she really does owes a big deal to the Avengers and AbFab, and I love her for being so realistic about that.
Anyway - let's talk about the opening titles a bit more. I'm not sure which one I prefer, TNA or the original one. The Peel opening, with the popping champagne and brolly work certain has a certain appeal (:lol:) but I love the action that's going on in the TNA opening. A car crash, Joanna jumping over a fence, she and Gareth running around... Shame though, they speeded forward some of the scenes, that makes it rather unrealistic though.
I doubt Joanna would have done as well without TNA, either, although she came very close to being forever typecast. She was unable to get work without whipping out her Purdey-bob wig for awhile there.Sapphire and Steel
saved her from being an action woman forever.
I'm partial to the black and white Peel intro, but the colour one is so wonderfully stylish, and Patrick and Diana's looks convey a lot without saying a thing. I've always been a bit underwhelmed with TNA's titles. The clips compilation is exciting but not very original. I always want to see more of that title sequence they filmed with them in the tubes (You know how at the beginning, they shoot them all through a circle? They did a whole sequence shot that way). The animated ones are neat with all the silhouettes--I think I probably like that one better. There's something neat about the idea of the three of them blending togther to make a coherent whole that appeals to me. And I love how when they turn to the camera, each in turn, it reflects the characters--Steed's friendly and doffs his bowler, Purdey gives us a little smirk, and Gambit's expression is totally flat and grim--he doesn't smile. How unconventional is that?
Of course, I've heard about another set of titles that were actually filmed (I thought they were only scripted) where we see Steed walking along, and then Purdey and Gambit running behind him to catch up. Purdey stops and lifts up her skirt to adjust her stocking, and Gambit stops to watch. Then Purdey whistles at Steed to wait up, they both catch up, and then they stride off into the sunset. I'd give anything to see that.