Claude Carliez

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Claude Carliez (born 10 January 1925 in Nancy) is a French master at arms in classical fencing who became a period and fencing advisor to French films. He graduated to a stunt performer, stunt coordinator, special effects person and film director. He worked with such legends of the French cinema as Jean Marais, Louis de Funes, Gérard Oury and Jean-Paul Belmondo. He was a President of the Academie d'Armes de France and the first President of the French Stuntman's Union.[1]

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The son of a dancing expert. At 18 he entered the School Magistrale Fencing Joinville-le-Pont at 18 becoming a Master at Arms at 21.[2] Due to the proximity of the school to film studios, Claude became a technical advisor on period weapons and costumes for several films.

In 1959 Claude appeared in the swashbuckler film Le Bossu starring Jean Marais and directed by André Hunebelle who both would propel his film career forwards. Hunebelle placed him in charge of all the stunts for his next film Le Captaine[2] where he advanced to doing stunts for The Battle of Austerlitz.

Carrying on with not only period pieces such as Hunebelle's Fantômas series, Claude became the stunt arranger to André Hunebelle's OSS 117 film series in a manner similar to Bob Simmons of the James Bond films. When the James Bond film Moonraker was produced in France and Brazil, Claude provided and arranged many of the stunts for the film.

In 1969 Jean Marais suggested that with all his experience Claude direct him in Le Paria (1969).

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