Sunday, 31 July 2016

In Memoriam: Joe Powell

Joe Powell (21 March 1922 - 30 June 2016) has passed away.

Joe Powell, doubling for Sean Connery on the set of "The Man Who Would be King"

Joe Powell, who has died aged 94, was known as the “daddy of British stuntmen” for the gut-wrenchingly high-risk feats he performed in classic adventure films such as "Where Eagles Dare" and "The Guns of Navarone".

For "The Man Who Would Be King", John Huston’s adaptation of a Rudyard Kipling story filmed in the Atlas mountains, Powell, doubling for Sean Connery, had to plunge 100 ft from a collapsed rope bridge into a perilous ravine: if he had missed the target area covered with boxes to cushion his fall, he would have plummeted a further 2,000 ft. The co-star Michael Caine walked away saying: “I’m not going to watch this one.” Huston was delighted, saying it was “the darnedest stunt I ever saw”.

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Source: The Telegraph
Photo: From the set of "The Man Who Would Be King": Penelope Reiffer

Joe Powell in James Bond movies:

Stunts (uncredited) in "Casino Royale" (1967)
Stunt rigger (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited) in "You Only Live Twice" (1967)
Stunt double Blofeld (uncredited) in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969)
Stunt arranger in "A View to a Kill" (1985)

According to site Joe Powell acted also in "Casino Royale" (1967) having two roles: British Officer and Strong Man / Piper.

Joe Powell as British Officer in
"Casino Royale" (1967)

Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC
Joe Powell as Strong Man / Piper in
"Casino Royale" (1967)

Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC

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