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Simon Says – Issue 3 – Part 5 of 5

Friday, July 1st, 1983

Spotlight on Simon – Part III

LP: Tell us about your movie Riddle of The Sands.

SM: Yes, it’s a film I made in 1977 with Michael York and Jenny Agutter.

 

LP: Tell us about that character

SM: He’s one of my favourite characters, a guycalled Arthur Davies.  He’s from a book, a classic novel written in 1901 by an Irishman called Erskine Childers.  The story basically is about Arthur, who goes sailing around the Friesian Islands just off the north coast of Germany, and while he is there he comes upon some strange goings on and discovers that there is a plot to invade England by the Kaiser, which flat bottom boats coming over to the east coast.  He calls his friend from the foreign office who is a guy called Carouthers, played by Michael York, and between us we go about finding out what is going on and we actually manage to stop it. (more…)

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Simon Says – Issue 3 – Part 4 of 5

Friday, July 1st, 1983

Bloopers and Giggles

There have been several times during Simon’s career when, while making a movie or TV show, there have been out-takes (bloopers) or occasions in which Simon and the other actors burst into uncontrollable laughter.  Simon has consented to share a few with us.  If you enjoy reading about these, please encourage him to tell us more.


The first is a blooper, the second an uncontrollable giggle.  Both are from Riddle of The Sands. (more…)

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Simon Says – Issue 3 – Part 3 of 5

Friday, July 1st, 1983

Manimal to Become A Series

Congratulations to Simon.  His pilot movie, Manimal, was picked up by NBC to become a regular fall series.  He is signed to do thirteen episodes (12 plus the pilot), which will air in the former Knight Rider time slot on Friday nights.  Michael Knight and Kit are moving to Sunday nights.  We wish Simon much success with his very own TV series. (more…)

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Simon Says – Issue 3 – Part 2 of 5

Friday, July 1st, 1983

A Visit To Jaws 3D Set

By Tisha Shelden (as told to Lonna Poland)

Ed note: One of our members, Tisha Shelden, who lives near Orlando, Florida where Jaws 3D was filming, was able to spend some time on the movie set.  She has consented to share her adventures with the club.  Thanks, Tisha

Arriving on the set at 6:00 am, I was impressed at how incredibly cheerful and friendly everyone was.  Everyone said hello to Simon and cast and crew alike seemed to like him. (more…)

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Simon Says – Issue 3 – Part 1 of 5

Friday, July 1st, 1983

July 22, 1983  marks the addition of a new dimension to Simon’s career – the third dimension, and watching Simon in 3D promises to be a whole new, exciting experience for all of us.  With this issue we welcome the advent of Jaws 3D to movie screens everywhere and also add our sincere hope for its success at the box office.

 

In the following pages we will take a visit to the Jaws set, exploring behind-the-scenes movies-making techniques, receive advice on how to best enjoy viewing a 3D movie, and sit with Simon once more as he answers questions about his career.  So without further delay we introduce our special feature: (See issue 3 part 2 for the feature)

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Simon Says – Issue 2 – Part 9 of 9

Friday, April 1st, 1983

More Mayhem – Danger on the “JAWS ” Set

It seems that Simon faces mayhem no matter where he goes.  Recently, while filming Jaws-3D in Orlando, FL, he had a slight mishap.  Simon’s character, Philip Fitzroyce, is very much the daredevil photographer.  He seems to thrive on thinking up dangerous ways to get the required shots and camera angles, often using very dangerous and acrobatic methods.  Simon, in character as Philip, had planned an unique way to photograph Shamu the killer whale.  Shamu would be leaping high out of the water, while at the same time allowing his trainer to jump off a platform onto his nose, whale and trainer completing the dive together.  With a rope tied around him for safety, Simon/Philip planned to get the shot by coming up behind the trainer on the platform and then leaning way over the edge, while his partner, Jack, (P.H. Morairty) pulled the rope taut to keep him from falling over.  (The best laid plans of mice and men!)  (more…)

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Simon Says – Issue 2 – Part 8 of 9

Friday, April 1st, 1983

Spotlight on Simon – Part II

LP: DEATH ON THE NILE was your first feature film internationally, and you starred with other big names in the movie business, David Niven, Peter Ustinov, Bette Davis, the list goes on and on.  Do you have any particularity interesting thing about this that you’d like to share with us?

SM: Strictly speaking, I had, in fact appeared in a film called JUGGERNAUT, for United Artists much earlier than that.  I mean, I really only flashed across the screen.  I was cast in a rather nice little role for that, that when they changed directors, quite rightly so, the role got cut down to absolutely nothing.  As it was I very disappointed, because obviously I wanted more lines on the screen. (more…)

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Simon Says – Issue 2 – Part 7 of 9

Friday, April 1st, 1983

Facts and Answers

How long have you been in the U.S.

I have been in the U.S. since February 1981, thought I visited off and on for two years prior to that.  I am glad to be in America and delighted so many Americans seem to like my work.

 

What do you miss most about England?

My Family. (Parents, Jill and Peter MacCorkindale, and brother, Duncan.  Duncan, an accountant, is two years eight months younger than Simon.)

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Simon Says – Issue 2 – Part 6 of 9

Friday, April 1st, 1983

Riddle – Still a Riddle

RIDDLE OF THE SANDS, a movie Simon filmed a few years ago with Micheal York and Jenny Agutter, was slated for a January ’83 release in the United States.  Due to perplexing delays in editing and other procedures, RIDDLE is still on the shelf, in spite of the fact that there are fans anxiously waiting to see it.  Once these problems are ironed out, Simon will be asked to do some promotional work for the film.  We can only hope, for his sake, that promotions for RIDDLE, MANIMAL and JAWS don’t all hit at the same time. (Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo!)

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Simon Says – Issue 2 – Part 5 of 9

Friday, April 1st, 1983

Welcome New Members

*snip*

Also a very special welcome to two new members who are very special people to Simon, Mrs. Jill MacCorkindale and Melody Ann Desjarlaris.  Melody Ann is ten years old as Simon’s sponsored child through Save the Children.  Mrs MacCorkindale is one of Simon’s biggest fans; at least she’s been able to watch Simon’s talent developing for many years – none other than, Simon’s mom!

To see the fan club newsletters in its original format please click here

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