Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Remembering Stuntman Eddie Powell….Day 223 of Bond 365

Eddie Powell
Passed away this day in 2000
Stunts in From Russia with Love, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, Never Say Never Again, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights
Stunt Double for Christopher Lee in The Man with the Golden Gun

Thanks to having a tall, lanky frame, Eddie Powell found himself a regular stunt double for legendary actor Christopher Lee when the actor worked with Hammer Studios during the 1960s. He was also Lee’s stunt double in The Man with a Golden Gun and worked as a stuntman on several James Bond films spanning three decades!

Powell in xenomorph suit on the set of Alien (Gavin J. Rothery photo)
Powell also worked on several other well-known franchises throughout his career. For example, it comes as no surprise that Powell was cast as an xenomorph in Alien (1979) and its sequel, Aliens (1986). He also worked on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Howling II: … Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985), Batman (1989), and two films about Nottingham personality, Robin Hood (1991) directed by John Irvin and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) directed by Kevin Reynolds.

Although the majority of Powells’ credits were for his stunt work, he also did a little bit of acting. As an actor, Powell made guest appearances on the The Avengers television series, as Thompson in Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966), and as the third guardian in The Prisoner (1967).

Over at the Gavin J. Rothery - Director - Artist website, for the entry titled Eddie Powell – Alien Stunt Performer there were some lovely behind-the-scenes shots of Powell on the set of Alien.

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