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28th Nov 2013, 11:54
BBC News - Professionals star Lewis Collins dies (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25135934)

Another one gone too early. A small screen icon to many in the 70's and 80's and no doubt responsible for a good few young men deciding to enlist in a career of soldiering.


28th Nov 2013, 11:58
Just seen this news - very sad indeed. He'd have made a great Bond, but I recall Cubby wan't that taken with him.

Dak Man
28th Nov 2013, 12:55
I grew up looking forward to a Friday night when The Professionals was on, it was iconic and ground breaking TV.

RIP Bill Bodie.

tony draper
28th Nov 2013, 12:58
I remember him playing Cecil Rhodes in the drama series ere, Rhodes, he did a good job of that,it got panned by the critics but I think it was ok, dont think it has eve been repeated though.
Didn't he also play Captain Scott?:(

eastern wiseguy
28th Nov 2013, 15:13
That was t'other one Tony. Martin Shaw

28th Nov 2013, 15:20
Very sad indeed.

The whole school house would get together in the TV Room
to watch it when it came on.

Part of childhood would apply to me.

RIP Bodie, thanks for the memories.

tony draper
28th Nov 2013, 16:32
oops! sorry, I knew it was one of them.:\
I think we tend to forget they get old at the same speed as the rest of us.:(

28th Nov 2013, 16:36
I believe he was quite a hard nut in real life as well.

28th Nov 2013, 18:50
That's a shame. Always thought he made the other one look a bit gay.

Seems a bit early for a chap like him.....:(

28th Nov 2013, 23:19
From Wiki:-
Lewis Collins applied to join the Territorial SAS, a unit open to part-time reservists but was rejected because of his fame, despite passing the entrance tests.
Collins held a private pilot's licence and his hobbies included parachuting and sports shooting, rifle and pistol. He also held a black belt in Ju-Jitsu and was trained in karate
He died from cancer in Los Angeles on 27 November 2013, after a five year illness.

29th Nov 2013, 02:18
With the recent trend for a certain soap opera actor to visit the troops on deployment or other hot spots, it is a shame it didn't happen 20 odd years ago as I reckon Lewis Collins would have been much more at home in that environment.

Also his role in "Who Dares Wins" probably won him some thumbs up from "them".

I believe they tried to remake "The Professionals", but it just wouldn't be the same without Lewis and Martin (and of course Mr Cowley).

Well played 4 5, you will be missed.

29th Nov 2013, 02:23
"despite passing the entrance tests."

The fact that he passed the endurance tests puts him up there with
maybe 1% or so of the population who could ?

Says a lot on it's own.

I agree, Lewis Collins would have gone down well on a troop visit.

29th Nov 2013, 10:47
That's a shame. Always thought he made the other one look a bit gay.

Tut, tut, not sure I approve of the expression, but I know what you mean ;)

I believe in later life Martin Shaw has tried to distance himself from his early success in The Professionals as he has gone on to play very different roles - a very liberal leaning judge in Judge John Deede and a thoughtful policeman in Inspector George Gently - but he can't get away from the fact that it was as Doyle that he became famous.

Collins sounds a very decent bloke by all accounts - and only a year older than me :(

30th Nov 2013, 20:03
He knew how to drive a Ford Mexico Escort.

RIP...real tough guy.

30th Nov 2013, 20:06
Re Martin Shaw, from what limited films I have seen since he was a "Professional", I think he did well. I liked the way he played the Judge.

Pinky the pilot
1st Dec 2013, 04:40
He knew how to drive a Ford Mexico Escort.

Thought he mainly drove a Ford Capri in the show.:confused:

Another good one gone too young!:(

1st Dec 2013, 15:52
The Professionals Theme Tune - YouTube

Aye, them were the days when professional actors carried out sometimes unspeakable acts on our behalf so that we might all sleep peacefully in our beds every night. And later on, replaced by other heroes in the publics' imagination: so-called "profilers", "post-mortem specialists" and even at least one "Asperger's Syndrome-affected detective.

Bring back Dirty Harry! :ok: