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Thursday 7 January 2016
A Favourite Scene In The Prisoner
Those people standing about watching the helicopter taking off, it makes me think they’ve all come to see Curtis leave The Village. Perhaps they are hoping that one day that will be them. Well it might be if they manage to get into one of the helicopters taking off during the evacuation of The Village in ‘Fall Out.’ But for now they are going nowhere, and it’s not Curtis who is leaving The Village, but Number 6 who thinks he’s escaping The Village in the guise of Curtis. But Number 2 is playing a cruel game, making Number 6 wear that blindfold for reasons of security. It was just so Number 6 couldn’t see that the helicopter pilot was making a circuit of The Village before landing again.
It’s a nice little scene, it’s just a pity its spoilt by a huge continuity error! The Alouette helicopter takes off, but then it changes to the regular Alouette helicopter used for filming at Portmeirion. I remember writing to someone years ago, we were discussing this very thing in ‘The Schizoid Man’ he said that when the helicopter took off it had skids, then once in the air the helicopter had the addition of a pair of floats. But then when the helicopter was landing the floats had gone! I remember writing back and pointing out that he had missed a vital point in that scene, it’s not just the skids, it’s the fact that they are two entirely different helicopters. A fact that was totally lost on my correspondent!
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