You watched The Professionals for the hooligan driving of the pouting duo, Bodie and Doyle. Their tools were Ford's Escort RS2000 and Capri 3.0s. Now that the Capri is wearing a shirt and tie and calling itself a Probe, would Bodie be seen sideways in it ?
Lewis Collins, who played Bodie during the four years of filming thinks not."How would it look with a few boot imprints in the bonnet?" he demands. "it's too good for an action knock about car" and he should know, Collins didn't rely on stunt drivers. Infact the only time he wasn't behind the Capri's wheel was when the villains shot out the windscreen.
A 900cc Ducati motorbike is Lewis's prefered wheels, but that didn't stop him going for a spin (not literally) in the Probe. This exercises my private pilots Licence more than the Capri. It feels like i'm flying a fighter plane and the seat's going to eject. That would make a nice shot for the series !"
Does Collins think the airbags too sensible. "Not at my age, but the thing would be popping off all the time in the series -the amount of things we used to hit". The Probes front-wheel drive wouldn't be a problem. "slide it round and power off and you'd be alright" he says gruffly..
Like Ford, Collins sees a different role for the new Capri. In his vision for a Professionals '94' Bodie steps into Cowley's shoes as mentor for two new reckless disciples. And he'd drive the new Probe as it "carries the flavour of executive action man". He's put the idea to LWT which produced the original series. They're not interested.
Think again LWT- We'll even give you the direct line of Ford's product placement man. "i'd be happy if Ford gave me a Probe for my entire life" says Lewis.
All quotes come from Lewis.