This is Barbara Yu Ling as Number 18, a taxi driver who is asked to take her fare to the nearest town. But the taxi service is only local, so the Prisoner asks her to take him as far as she can. Being only a local service Number 18 takes her fare on a tour of The Village via the scenic route. However by the end of the tour the taxi driver is still Number 18, but for some reason she has had a change of badge!
The question is, why should a change in badge be required at all? Even if the badge had fallen off Barbara Yu Ling’s jersey it would still be in the taxi! It’s rather like Denis Shaw who plays the shopkeeper in the next scene. He starts of as Number 19, but by the end of the scene he’s had a change in badge and is Number 56! But in Barbra Yu Ling’s case at least continuity got the number right, if not the Penny Farthing!
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The pennyfarthing turned around - could it be an analogy, like Asian writing can be from left to right or from top to bottom... But don't aks me for the purpose! - BCNU!ReplyDelete
I did think it politically motivated. I hadn't thought that it could be as Asian writing. But did those who designed the badges think of that? Somehow me thinks not.
Also a change of location, just before they pull up outside of Battery Square, they drive, just for a second, down a backlot street at Borehamwood which would later appear as the village of Kandersfeld.ReplyDelete
And they call ME Hawkeye! I hadn't noticed that on the screen, in fact to see it now I had to watch it frame by frame.
Now why did they go to all the trouble to do that? There seems no rhyme nor reason for it. But it means that Barbara Yu Ling was also at MGM filming for that drive. It makes one wonder just how much filming took place just to use those few seconds of film?
Agreed, seems totally bizarre, especially as there were lots of shots of Barbara in PM which did not appear on screen.ReplyDelete
Best as ever,
Its the same with the scene using the helicopter in 'The Schizoid Man.' The helicopter takes off on a back lot at MGM studios, it supposedly cirlces The Village before landing again, and in between a shot of the regular helicopter filmed at Portmeirion is inserted into the film, why? There was no need, and it spoils the shot in my opinion.