Alf Joint

Alfred Charles Richard Joint (22 September 1927 – 25 July 2005) was a British film and television stunt performer, stunt coordinator and arranger.

He was notable for his contributions in numerous films over a 30-year period including: The Heroes of Telemark (1965), Kelly's Heroes (1970), The Omen (1976), A Bridge too Far (1977), Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), Return of the Jedi (1983) and the Bond films Goldfinger (1964) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). He also had small acting roles in some films including two Michael Reeves films, The Sorcerers (1967) and Witchfinder General (1968).

As a stuntman he specialised in high falls and fight scenes. He doubled for Sean Connery in the film Goldfinger and for Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood in Where Eagles Dare (1968). Memorable appearances include his fight with Connery as the Mexican thug Capungo in Goldfinger. The fight ends with the character's electrocution in a bath when a sunlamp is thrown in by Bond, followed by his famous quip "Shocking…Positively shocking". Joint also took part in the fight scene on the top of a cable car in Where Eagles Dare and performed a jump from one cable car to another doubling for Richard Burton. On television he appeared in Doctor Who, Dick Turpin, Return to Treasure Island, Danger Man, The Prisoner, The Avengers, Space: 1999, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, (for which he plunged 430 ft into the Reichenbach Falls doubling for Eric Porter) and London's Burning. He also performed a memorable stunt for a Cadbury Milk Tray television commercial in which the hero was seen diving off a cliff into the sea.[1] Prior, he was an active Gaffer, having worked on An American Werewolf In London (1981).

Joint was a mentor to younger stuntmen such as Vic Armstrong and the late Rod Woodruff (d.2011). He retired in 1995 and died in 2005 of cancer aged 77.[2]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1964GoldfingerCapungo
1965The Heroes of TelemarkGerman Guard on FerryUncredited
1966The Projected ManSecurity Man
1967Casino RoyaleMan in CasinoUncredited
1967The SorcerersRon, the mechanic
1967The Dirty DozenGerman Sentry Wanting LightUncredited
1968Witchfinder GeneralSentry
1968The Lost ContinentJason, a Crewman
1968Great CatherineRussian GeneralUncredited
1971MacbethOld Seyward
1972RentadickPoliceman
1972Steptoe and SonStrip Club PatronUncredited
1974S*P*Y*SKGB agentUncredited
1975BranniganMan in BarUncredited
1975Permission to KillMacNeil
1981Rise and Fall of Idi AminAmerican Ambassador

References

  1. ^ Freese, Gene Scott (2014). Hollywood Stunt Performers, 1910s-1970s: A Biographical Dictionary, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 1921.
  2. ^ "The Stage News". Retrieved 11 April 2011.

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