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Hav­ing a good time with Julie Christie

I must thank Oc­tane and es­pe­cially An­drew Roberts for the ar­ti­cle ‘The Re­turn of the Fast Lady’ pub­lished in is­sue 151. This was of great in­ter­est to me, as my late grand­fa­ther Jack Silk was Stan­ley Bax­ter’s driv­ing dou­ble through­out the film. I re­mem­ber with great fond­ness him telling me about the pro­duc­tion of the film; hav­ing his hair dyed to match Stan­ley’s hue; how the Bent­ley was a beast to drive; and how James Robert­son Jus­tice was a com­plete pro­fes­sional and ‘very handy be­hind the wheel, too’.

The golf course scene was ap­par­ently very chal­leng­ing as bits started to fall off the cars, with the R-Type Con­ti­nen­tal par­tic­u­larly suf­fer­ing from the abuse! A great pic­ture to work on, and a joy to work with se­cond unit (ac­tion unit) di­rec­tor Don Sharpe, he con­cluded.

My grand­fa­ther was a stunt driver for more than 25 years, start­ing in the 1950s and re­tir­ing in the early 1980s. Along­side his brother Jeff, he worked on many film and tele­vi­sion se­ries sup­ply­ing and driv­ing all man­ner of cars and mo­tor­bikes, in­clud­ing The Devil Rides Out, Rob­bery, Casino Royale, Those Mag­nif­i­cent Men In Their Fly­ing Ma­chines, The Sweeney, No Hid­ing Place and so on. To him it was just a job.

I have a few pic­tures of my late grand­fa­ther with Julie Christie [above], which I be­lieve were taken on the Bea­cons­field Stu­dios back lot. STEPHEN FLEIS­CHER BED­FORD­SHIRE


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