Simon Oates

  1. Leon Greene,, Camelot, 1966.   As stars like Brando, Burton, O’Toole, Julie Christie, Marianne Faithfull, Elizabeth Taylor and Terence Stamp were chased for King Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot, the London TV actor (51 screen roles in 34 years) was in  the mix for Sir Turoc  in the film of the Broadway musical by the My Fair Lady team of Lerner and Loewe.  Ah, but Greene was the better singer, a bass baritone opera singer.

  2. Sean Connery, Diamonds Are Forever, 1971.

  3. Horst Janson, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, 1972.  Pitch: “The only man alive feared by the walking dead.,“  Didn’t quite work out that way.  Shot in ’72 but not released until  ‘74. the  Hammer idea for a new horror series never got off the ground floor.   The titular actor was a German who couldn’t handle English  and had to be  dubbed by Julien  Holloway. The acting is terrible,” warned Vincent Canby  in The New York Times.  Hammer should have listened  to its scenarist, Brian Clemens.  He wanted Oates,  the Doomwatch TV  star, as Kronos.  That would have worked. Janson did not – could not


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