Jean Luc Godard, the French director, who pretty well originated the Nouvelle Vague, was once asked if he agreed that a story should have a beginning, a middle and an end. “yes”, he agreed. “But not necessarily in that order.” I meat Jean Luc a couple of times, once when he was shooting Le Meprise [...]
The best script that ever came my way was one I was to direct for THE AVENGERS. It was called THE HOUR THAT NEVER WAS written by Roger Marshall. THE HOUR and another of his scripts DIAL A DEADLY NUMBER, directed by Don Leaver, have been top of the Fan Club lists ever since.
I’ve been musing recently what factors were behind the success of THE PROFESSIONALS.
Well it had three fine leading players in Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins and Gordon Jackson
Plus it was blessed some very good directors and some good writers and the producer, But most of all I think it was down rimy old bete [...]
The first series of THE PROFESSIONALS was shot in and around Ruislip.
Raymond Menmuir’s first move when he took over for the second series was to get the show out on the streets of London. His main aim was to heighten the action content and that I think was his plan in bringing in a [...]
My career took quite a swerve when I was offered the job of Story Editor on the second season of THE PROFESSIONALS around 1979.
My directing career was in a rut – I think the Film Schools were turning out directors like new pennies …. so, when my agent suggested I try for the job [...]
This film is very dear to my heart. Imagine then how proud I felt when 45 years after we made the film, BFI Flipside re-released it on DVD !!
If it’s a bit before your time – and it seems like a lifetime ago to me – it’s a film about ‘Swinging London’ in the [...]