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Richard Graydon, James Bond and Star Wars stuntman, dies aged 92

Richard Graydon, James Bond and Star Wars stuntman, dies aged 92
Richard Graydon, a stuntman who appeared in ten James Bond films, has died at the age of 92.

Graydon doubled for 007s George Lazenby and Roger Moore, and also had small acting roles in a number of the Bond films.

The former jockey's film career began in 1952's The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, where he played one of the Merrie Men.

One of his most famous scenes in the Bond franchise was the cable car sequence from Moonraker, when Graydon doubled for Moore during a fight with the villainous Jaws.

In Octopussy, he was also shot out of a cannon at the circus, and further slid down a chain attached to an aerial tram which was dangling over an abyss in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

He also performed or coordinated stunts in Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, A Passage to India, The Man Who Fell to Earth
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James Bond Retrospective: Octopussy (1983)

To mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and with filming almost complete on James Bond’s 23rd official outing in Skyfall due for release later this year, I have been tasked with taking a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.

For Octopussy, the thirteenth official James Bond film, 1983 proved to be rather unlucky. After a lengthy court battle with the co-writer of Thunderball, Kevin McClory, Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions had lost the right to use Bond’s nemesis Blofeld and his organisation Spectre in any of their films. McClory had been trying since 1974 to get his own rival Bond film made but due to a lack of financial backing and legal action from United Artists and the Fleming Trustees his project
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James Bond Retrospective: For Your Eyes Only (1981)

To mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and with filming almost complete on James Bond’s 23rd official outing in Skyfall due for release later this year, I have been tasked with taking a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.

Following on from Bond’s previous mission into outer space for Moonraker, which although it was a huge success at the box office provided some of the worst excesses of the series so far preferring a more humorous approach over the serious spy thrills of the early days in the character’s long history. The film had also proved to be a costly exercise requiring co-financing from the French wing of United Artists to cover the budget. Series producer Albert R. Broccoli wisely
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Starz, Gore Verbinski developing drama?

Starz, Gore Verbinski developing drama?
Gore Verbinski is reportedly developing a new television series for Starz. Deadline says that the Rango director is working on a supernatural crime drama called The Brink. The show follows an art therapist called Zach Taylor as he investigates alleged serial killer Martin Grace. Martin insists that he predicted the victims' deaths but claims that he was not responsible (more)
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Starz Takes You To The Brink, A Supernatural Crime Drama With Gore Verbinski

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Starz is teaming up with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and The Grudge writer Stephen Susco to adapt a supernatural crime drama based on the thriller by J.C. Hutchins. The Brink will be based on Hutchins’ book Personal Effects: Dark Art, an interactive thriller with online content.

Personal Effects: Dark Art is described by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker as “equal parts House, CSI, and The X-Files.” The story follows Zach Taylor, an art therapist investigating “the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths.”

[Source] Deadline
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Gore Verbinski Pushed to The Brink for Starz

More supernatural TV is coming our way, this time courtesy of Starz; and this one is carrying some pretty big names with it! Read on for the details.

According to Deadline Starz is developing "The Brink", a supernatural crime drama project written by The Grudge scribe Stephen Susco and executive produced by Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski.

"The Brink" is based on J.C. Hutchins’ book Personal Effects: Dark Art. The interactive supernatural thriller, which features various online extensions, is described by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker in his review as "equal parts House, CSI, and The X-Files." It chronicles art therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths.

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Starz Developing Supernatural Drama Series Produced By Gore Verbinski

Get ready to be on The Brink! sounds cool doesn’t just like when we said “get on the Fringe of science” as a way to excite ourselves for that once upon a time drama now in its fourth season on Fox. Starz is developingThe Brink, a supernatural crime drama project written by The Grudge scribe Stephen Susco and executive produced by Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski through his Blind Wink Prods. The Brink is based on J.C. Hutchins’ book Personal Effects: Dark Art.

Deadline reports that the project “features various online extensions, described by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker in his review as “equal parts House, CSI, and The X-Files.” It chronicles art therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths.”

This not Verbinski’s first
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Gore Verbinski Heads to The Brink

Gore Verbinski Heads to The Brink
Rango director Gore Verbinski will executive produce a new Starz pilot titled The Brink, which will be based off J.C. Hutchins' interactive novel entitled Personal Effects: Dark Art.

Stephen Susco wrote the adapted pilot, which centers on an art therapist named Zach Taylor who investigates the case of accused serial killer Martin Grace. The killer claims that he has foreseen the deaths of his victims, but did not commit the murders himself.

The book also branches out into online interactive ventures, where readers can call phone numbers and listen to voicemails of the characters, and also browse real, working web pages from the characters as well.

You can clickHere to visit author J.C. Hutchins' official website for more information on the book. As for the TV series, it isn't clear how interactive the show will be at this time.

Gore Verbinski will executive produce the pilot along with Jonathan Krauss.
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Gore Verbinski to Develop a new Supernatual TV Project called The Brink

Filmmaker Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) is developing a new TV project for Starz called The Brink, based on a interactive book from J.C. Hutchins called Personal Effects: Dark Art. The project is described as a supernatural crime drama and was written by The Grudge scribe Stephen Susco.

The story follows art therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths.

This could be an incredibly cool series.

Here's a description of the story from the author's website.

Personal Effects: Dark Art follows the extensive notes of art therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths.

Zach’s investigations start with interviews and art sessions, but then
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Gore Verbinski and Stephen Susco Developing Supernatural Crime Series The Brink for Starz

Last November we heard Pirates of the Caribbean franchise director Gore Verbsinski and screenwriter Terry Rossio were teaming up for a magic based police procedural called Magical Law. Now Deadline has word that Verbinski is also working with The Grudge writer Stephen Susco on The Brink, a supernatural crime drama being developed by the Starz cable network. Based on J.C. Hutchins' book Personal Effects: Dark Art, the series follows art therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths. Apparently the series will have an interactive element with online components branching off from the show that is described as "equal parts House, CSI, and The X-Files." Sounds like it could be pretty cool, but I haven't subscribed to Starz in years, so I may have to wait for the eventual DVD release.
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Gore Verbinski for The Brink for Starz! Based on Personal Effects: Dark Art

Gore Verbinski is executive producing The Brink which Starz is developing. The supernatural crime drama is written by The Grudge writer Stephen Susco. Verbinski, director of the previous installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, will exec produce via his Blind Wink Productions, reports Deadline. Based on J.C. Hutchins’ book Personal Effects: Dark Art, The Brink is an interactive supernatural thriller. Story follows art therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of accused serial killer Martin Grace, who claims to have foreseen (but not caused) his victims’ deaths. Blind Wink's Jonathan Krauss will also serve as an executive producer for The Brink...
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Gore Verbinski for The Brink for Starz! Based on Personal Effects: Dark Art

Gore Verbinski is executive producing The Brink which Starz is developing. The supernatural crime drama is written by The Grudge writer Stephen Susco. Verbinski, director of the previous installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, will exec produce via his Blind Wink Productions, reports Deadline. Based on J.C. Hutchins’ book Personal Effects: Dark Art, The Brink is an interactive supernatural thriller. Story follows art therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of accused serial killer Martin Grace, who claims to have foreseen (but not caused) his victims’ deaths. Blind Wink's Jonathan Krauss will also serve as an executive producer for The Brink...
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Gore Verbinksi Heads to The Brink

Gore Verbinksi has lined up a project for television in the form of "The Brink," Deadline reports. The Starz series, described as a "supernatural crime drama," arrives from writer Stephen Susco ( The Grudge ) and is, in turn, based on the interactive fiction book from J.C. Hutchins, "Personal Effects: Dark Art." The innovative novel is described on the author's website as follows: Personal Effects: Dark Art follows the extensive notes of art therapist Zach Taylor.s investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims. deaths. Zach.s investigations start with interviews and art sessions, but then take him far from the hospital grounds . and often very far from...
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James Bond Stuntman Martin Grace Dies

British stuntman Martin Grace was Roger Moore’s stunt double throughout his run as Ian Fleming’s British superspy James Bond. He also doubled the actor in many of his non-Bond film outings.

Grace was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1942. He began working in films in the mid-1960s, playing a Thal in the 1965 feature Dr. Who and the Daleks with Peter Cushing. He first became involved with the Bond film franchise as a stuntman on 1967’s You Only Live Twice starring Sean Connery. He also worked on the 007 films Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and began serving as Roger Moore’s stunt double with The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Grace also doubled Moore on the Bond films Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) which left him badly injured while filming an action sequence aboard a train, and A View to Kill (1985), and the
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Explore Personal Effects in multimedia horror project

Coming this June from St. Martin’s Press is a new horror novel that, thanks to additional media elements, will be much more than a simple read. Personal Effects: Dark Art also encompasses viral/alternate-reality elements such as websites, podcasts and voice mails that will keep readers immersed in its world.

The book, written by J.C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman, tells the story of Martin Grace, a serial killer being investigated by art therapist, Zach Taylor. The story incorporates Zach’s personal writings as he tries to find the truth behind the slayings Martin is accused of. Martin claims to have foreseen his victims’ deaths, but did not cause them; the actual killings were the work of a “Dark Man.” In order to uncover the real story, Zach seeks help from his girlfriend Rachael, a gaming blogger, and his brother Lukas. His search into Martin’s past, however,
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