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Sweet Scent of Death

Michael Gothard as Terry Marvin, bottom right. Terry is described as "an intruder", but he is not the one endangering Ann Fairfax Denver's life.
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Cast list from the Production Notes

Cast from production notes

Notes on Michael Gothard and his character


Accomplished and distinctive looking Michael Gothard has been chosen for one of the most outstanding roles in the new John Dark/Kevin Connor action adventure film for EMI Films, “Warlords of the Deep”.

In this original story by Brian Hayles, which combines all the intriguing characteristics of the late nineteenth century fantasy fiction writers, Michael Gothard portrays Atmir, a higher being who represents authority over the captured worker-prisoners in the lost underwater city of Atlantis.

In contrast to their ragged apparel, a relic of their seafaring days before they were dragged underwater by a new interpretation of the Bermuda Triangle, Atmir is dressed in a combination of Aztec and Egyptian style, iridescent, simple and luxurious.

When two marine explorers, portrayed by Doug McClure and Peter Gilmore, find themselves stranded in the sunken city after being snatched from the world of ordinary mortals in the coils of a giant octopus, it is Atmir who seeks to control them purely through his occult powers of mind over matter without recourse to violence.

Born in June 24th, 19471, Michael Gothard started acting in his early twenties. He began by studying under American drama coach, Robert O’Neill, at his Theatre Workshop for two years.

He then went on to play the lead in an English feature film, “Hero Stratus” made by an Australian which won several prizes in the sixties.

Michael Gothard has since played prominent roles in innumerable TV drama programmes including “Up The junction” and the series, “The Warrior Queen”.

His screen credits include such successful prestige feature films as Ken Russell’s “The Devils”, “The Last Valley” and Dick Lester’s “The Four Musketeers”.

The part of Atmir, section councillor of the elite lost civilisation of Atlantis seeking the “energy” with which to return to the mother planet of Mars marks a complete departure from the ordinary for Michael Gothard.

Further notes

Other leading male roles are played by … SHANE RIMMER … as Captain of the ship that is finally straddled by the giant octopus and MICHAEL GOTHARD as Atmir the figure of authority, who takes command of the party and herds them across the waterlogged, monster-infested causeway which links the ruins of the third city to Vaar.

Plot from Production notes Plot from production notes (2)

1 Michael was born on 24th June 1939, not 1947. It is not known whether this reduction in his age was deliberate or just an error.
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This poster advertises a spanish version of "Arthur of the Britons", shown in Mexico as "El Rey de los Guerreros." Though Michael Gothard's photo appears in the insert, only Oliver Tobias and Jack Watson are mentioned by name.

Kai poster

The photo insert is taken from actual footage; the background picture bears little resemblance to anything the viewers would have seen on the screen.

El Rey de los Guerreros
Ano 500 D.C las hordas salvajes invaden inglaterra, pero un joven guerrero las ataca ferozmente.

The King of the warriors
In the year 500 AD, the wild hordes invade England, but a young warrior attacks them ferociously.
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In the poster shown below, Michael Gothard's Kai has been depicted looking very much like Hansen in "The Last Valley", not clean-shaven as he actually appeared in "Arthur of the Britons." The artwork must have been from quite an early stage in the production, before Kai's appearance had been decided upon.

HTV publicity 1 small

The poster below shows scenes from some of the earliest episodes filmed: "Arthur is Dead", "Daughter of the King", "The Challenge", "The Gift of Life", and "The Penitent Invader."

HTV publicity 3 small
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This extract from the press book was also available in a French translation.


Born 24 June, 1939 in London.
Course of Dramatic Arts.

Actor in the following films:

MICHAEL KOLHAAS [sic] by Volker Schlöndorff
UP THE JUNCTION by Peter Collinson
GINGER BREAD HOUSE by Curtis Harrington
THE LAST VALLEY by James Clavell
THE DEVILS by Ken Russell, with Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave

He was discovered in HEROSTRATUS, Don Levy’s very interesting film, in which he played to principal role. His spectacular performance, which alternated moments of violence with lyric sequences done in very long takes, was noticed by Volker Schlöndorff, who signed him for MICHAEL KOLHAAS.

In this intense chronicle of a peasant revolt, Michael Gothard played the part of a young soldier who joined Kolhaas’ band, but who, refusing to obey, looted for his own gain, and finally died by hanging. His truculent performance, especially in the last scenes with Anita Pallenberg, earned him a very similar role in THE LAST VALLEY, James Clavell’s ponderous allegory.

But it is in SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN that film buffs were struck by Gothard. In this fantastic modern tale, very reminiscent of Fritz Lang, Gothard plays a weird character, a vampire with fabulous power, created by Vincent Price. During the course of a long chase across the English countryside, beautifully filmed by director Gordon Hessler, he cuts [off] his hand and dies in a vat of acid.

In Ken Russell’s THE DEVILS he plays an equally monstrous character, that of a young inquisitor, dressed like a hippie, who brutally tortured Vanessa Redgrave. Gothard seemed unable to get away from violence and savagery, but, fortunately, in THE VALLEY, Barbet Schroeder gives him a new kind of part, where he is not obliged to strangle, rape, torture or disembowel a half dozen people.
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One of a number of posters, some with different text, but most featuring Michael's character, Hansen, bottom left.

Poster 3

This was one of the publicity "blocks" available for hire by the cinemas.

Hansen from Pressbook

The press book also included many marketing initiatives, such as a teacher's press pack, a painting competition, the opportunity to win a holiday, and merchandise such as jewellery and fashions based on the film.

Plot synopsis

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Campaign book

This is the front cover of a four-page leaflet sent out to cinemas before a film arrived. Michael's only appearance in the leaflet is in the cover picture and the credit list.

This particular leaflet was sent to a cinema in Cork, Eire.

Campaign book

Along with the Campaign Book, this insert, suggesting ways to publicise the film, was sent.

Promotion supplement

Only a brain like that of Mr Farson, the advertising executive from ‘Herostratus’ who tried to market a young man’s suicide, could have come up with ‘Fancy dress competition’ as a way of putting a positive spin on a Kafkaesque tale of cruelty, injustice and death like ‘Michael Kohlhaas.’
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This piece about Michael Gothard was found at the BFI Library. It is thought to be from a press book for "Up the Junction."




Tall, husky, blonde newcomer Michael Gothard must be the only professional motion picture actor to have got into the business through amateur home movies!

It happened when Michael, on holiday from University studies in Paris, was persuaded by a friend to take part in a home movie he was producing with a cheap ciné camera. Michael was so good that he took over the lead in the mini-film and so impressed his friend that the latter asked him why he didn’t take acting up professionally. Michael decided to throw up his studies and do just that. He enrolled at the Actors’ Workshop in London – and has never looked back.…

Standing 6 feet 3 inches, with tough, almost Slavic good looks, Michael Gothard had more than a touch of Rudolph Nureyev about his appearance. “But,” he grins, “I don’t dance as well!” Now he has recently completed his second motion picture appearance (not counting that home movie!) in the BHE Production for Paramount UP THE JUNCTION.

Michael Gothard was born 25 years ago in London and educated at several local state schools there. During his schooldays he was something of a wonder athlete and won cups, plaques and medals for practically every athletic event you can think of. “I seemed to have a natural talent for running, jumping and so on,” says Michael, “and enjoyed it into the bargain. I imagine my long legs helped ….!”

After leaving school, Michael went to Paris and studied French culture at the Sorbonne. He gave up plans to complete his university studies when acting cropped up (via that amateur home movie) and went to the Actors’ Workshop in London.

He left the Workshop after a course in acting and stage-craft and began touring the agents’ offices looking for work. He happened to be with an agent one day when he heard that writer-director Don Levy was auditioning for parts in his up-coming film “Herostratus”. He went along and, after giving a three-hour audition, so impressed Levy that he was given the starring role in the film. He worked for nine months on the picture – an off-beat study of a young London man who is obsessed with the idea of committing suicide, and expected to open in London late in 1967 – and was then out-of-work for 18 months! “That’s show business….!” he shrugs.

He subsequently appeared in several TV plays, including a leading role opposite Yvonne Mitchell in the successful science-fiction production “The Machine Stops”, which won a major award at the 1967 Trieste Science Fiction Festival. He also starred – as villainous Captain Mordaunt – in the popular BBC TV long-running serial “The Further Adventures of the Musketeers”.

In UP THE JUNCTION, Michael is seen as Terry, a typical young motor-cycle-mad Battersea boy who takes a fancy to local girl Rube (Adrienne Posta) and makes her pregnant. After she has had an illegal abortion, he is rash enough to call at her house – only to be literally thrown down the stairs by furious Mum, Mrs. Macarthy (Liz Fraser). Ironically, Rube later becomes engaged to him – but Terry is subsequently killed during a ‘ton-up’ motor-cycle spree on the main road to London Airport.

Michael Gothard is unmarried and lives in Hampstead, London.

UP THE JUNCTION is produced by Anthony Havelock-Allan and John Brabourne and directed by Peter Collinson from Nell Dunn’s prize-winning book. Associate producer is Harry Fine. The Techniscope/Colour film, which is a BHE Production for Paramount release, stars Suzy Kendall, Dennis Waterman, Adrienne Posta, Maureen Lipman and Michael Gothard, with Liz Fraser, Hylda Baker and Alfie Bass.



This short piece about Michael Gothard was also found at the BFI Library. It is on a page numbered '16', and headed “Up the Junction.”

MICHAEL GOTHARD is a newcomer from television. He was born 25 years ago in London and was educated there at a local state school, subsequently studying French culture at the Sorbonne in Paris. He gave up his original plans to complete his university studies in order to become an actor. He has since appeared in many television plays. He also played a leading role in the recent television series “The Three Musketeers.” His first feature film was “Herostratus.”


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