The trailer for the BBC’s coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics is a thing of beauty.
Daily Archives: January 27, 2010
In his new show, he starred as Colt Seavers, a Hollywood stuntman who uses his movie-making skills to help him moonlights as a bounty hunter.
The series ran for five seasons (113 episodes) between 1981 and 1986.
There are a few reasons why it is remembered so fondly.
First, the stunts were pretty impressive for a TV series – in these money-conscious times, you’d have to say that it’s a show that would never get made today.
It’s a great theme song, with lyrics bemoaning the fact that it’s the stuntman who takes all the risks to make the leading man look good but it’s the star who get all the fame and walks off into the sunset with the beautiful women. It’s also packed with tongue-in-cheek references to the big stars of the day (not least Majors’ then-estranged wife Farrah Fawcett).
The opening titles that accompany the theme song are notable for the fact that in between footage from the show there are clips of real stunts from real movies. You might spot scenes from The Poseidon Adventure, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, and Silver Streak, among others.
Here are the original season-one opening credits, preceded by an opening narration from the first episode that sets up the premise of the show:
The full theme song has an extra verse that was cut from the opening credits. Here is an excellent fan-made extended credits sequence with all three verses of the song, which uses as its basis a more familiar set of opening credits from one of the show’s later seasons, with clips of some of the impressive stunts added to pad out the third verse:
And here is the scene from Silver Streak that was used in The Fall Guy intro:
Of course, having said all that, if we’re being honest, there is only really one reason (or should that be two reasons…) why the show is so very fondly remembered by male viewers like myself who were teenagers when it first aired: