Harry Fielder, an actor, extra, stuntman, and stand-in known as “Aitch”, had long career in film and TV, and remembered working with Michael.

"I worked with Michael a couple of times in the past ["When the Spirit Moves You" and "The Last Valley"] and the best one was Ken Russell's "The Devils" ... where we worked for a few months down at Pinewood Studios.

... I loved the way he worked ... "The Devils" was hard work for all the actors and Michael at his best ... Michael was playing a really nasty guy, but off set he was a quiet man and we had many laughs with all the cast and crew.

Michael was always word perfect.

He's still in my memory, good guy to work with."

Aitch on IMDB
This is a story about a crook, Calvin P. Bream (Anton Rogers), trying to sell fake bonds to an even bigger crook, Miklos Corri (Kieron Moore).

Michael Gothard plays Miklos’ henchman, Perrin.

Calvin calls in Jeff Randall (Mike Pratt), of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) to try to get him out of the mess he’s got himself into. Marty Hopkirk (Kenneth Cope) helps out in his usual incorporeal manner.

They all spend a lot of time in comic deceptions, comic drunkenness (Calvin Bream is unusual in that he can see Marty Hopkirk when he is drunk) stake-outs, telephone conversations and negotiations, which is probably just as well, because the fight scenes leave something to be desired.

Like "Department S", "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)" was filmed at Associated British Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England.

Both "When the Spirit Moves You" and the Department S episode in which Michael appeared, "Les Fleurs du Mal", were produced by Monty Berman, and had Frank Maher as stunt co-ordinator.

It looks as if Michael is wearing the same long grey coat throughout the later part of "When the Spirit Moves You" as he was wearing in the graveyard scene in "Les Fleurs du Mal."

Michael Gothard was to work with Mike Pratt again, when the latter appeared in an episode of “Arthur of the Britons”, “People of the Plough.” In that instance, it was Mike Pratt who played a bad guy.

Harry Fielder was an uncredited stunt double for Mike Pratt, and Michael Gothard was later to work with him again on "The Devils."

IMDB entry

Eye for Film review

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In this episode of the spy series, Department S, Michael Gothard plays the principal villain, Weber.

His name is often mentioned, but he is not seen until halfway through the episode.
He and his girlfriend Danielle, played enigmatically by Edina Ronay, are on the trail of some money, which has been stashed by an accomplice, now dead, who has sent them an equally enigmatic clue.

They compete with the heroes of Department S to figure out what the clues mean, and unwittingly lead the Department to the loot, where they are arrested.

Like "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)" in which Michael was to appear in January 1970, “Department S” was filmed at Associated British Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England.

Both "Department S” and the episode of "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)", “When the Spirit Moves You", were produced by Monty Berman, and had Frank Maher as stunt co-ordinator.

It looks as if Michael is wearing the same long grey coat in the graveyard scene in "Les Fleurs du Mal" as he was to wear throughout the later part of "When the Spirit Moves You."

Watch Les Fleurs du Mal on Youtube.

IMDB entry

Review on: TV Rage

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