Saturday, 18 October 2014

Doctor Who Vs. Octopussy

The thirteenth entry in the James Bond film franchise, the sixth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent Bond, was released by Eon Productions and MGM/United Artists in 1983, shortly before the unofficial Never Say Never Again.
Taking its title from Ian Fleming's short story collection, Octopussy and the Living Daylights (published in 1965), the film's plot is original but does include some inspiration from The Property of a Lady (1967) and Moonraker (1955).
The movie was shot mainly on location in India, with the interiors filmed as usual at Pinewood studios. Octopussy was shown on ITV4 tonight, and featured these twenty-one Doctor Who cast connections:
  • Steven Berkoff (Orlov) played the Shakri in The Power of Three
  • Philip Voss (Auctioneer) was Acomat in Marco Polo, and Wahed in (episode 1 of) The Dominators
  • Patrick Barr (Ambassador) was Jack Hobson in The Moonbase
  • Gertan Klauber (Bubi) was the Galley Master in The Romans: All Roads Lead to Rome, and Ola in The Macra Terror
  • Michael Moor (Thug) was an Extra in The Silurians (6)
  • RJ Bell (German) began his career as the Garm in Terminus
  • Jennifer Hill (Wife) was Mrs. Peace (pictured) in The Unquiet Dead
  • Ingrid Pitt (Galley Mistress) was Queen Galleia in The Time Monster, and Dr. Solow in Warriors of the Deep - Pitt and her husband, Tony Rudlin, submitted a Doctor Who script in 1984, which was eventually produced as The Macros by Big Finish in 2010
  • for Albert Moses (Salruddin) and Jeremy Bulloch (Smithers) see my blog for The Spy Who Loved Me
  • future EastEnders actress Nicola Stapleton (Girl) was Mandy Slater in Dimensions in Time
  • child actor Gary Russell (Teen) went on to write and direct Real Time, adapt and produce Shada for Big Finish, then direct The Infinite Quest and Dreamland, produced The Gunpowder Plot, and served as script editor on TorchwoodMusic of the SpheresCity of the DaleksBlood of the CybermenThe Waters of MarsThe End of Time and The Sarah Jane Adventures pilot
  • Rocky Taylor (Roger Moore's stunt double), stunt co-ordinator Martin Grace and stuntmen Tip Tipping, Jim Dowdall, Chris Webb, Nick Hobbs, Stuart Fell, Arthur Howell and Nick Wilkinson all worked in similar capacities on the classic and recent runs

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