Friday, April 3, 2020

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Django the Bastard”

As we know most of the Euro-westerns were co-productions from Italy, Spain, Germany and France which incorporated British and American actors to gain a worldwide audience. The films were shot silent and then dubbed into the various languages where they were sold for distribution. That means Italian, Spanish, German, French and English voice actors were hired to dub the films. Even actors from the countries where the film was to be shown were often dubbed by voice actors for various reasons such as the actors were already busy making another film, they wanted to paid additional salaries for dubbing their voices, the actor’s voice didn’t fit the character they were playing, accidents to the actors and in some cases even death before the film could be dubbed.

I’ll list a Euro-western and the (I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German and (F) French, (E) English voices that I can find and once in a while a bio on a specific voice actor as in Europe these actors are as well-known as the actors they voiced.

Today we’ll cover “Django the Bastard”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]

Django – Anthony Steffen (I) Pino Locchi, (S) Eduard Itchart, (G) Hartmut Reck, (F) Jean-Pierre Duclos
Major Rod Murdok – Paolo Gozlino (I) Nando Gozzolo, (S) Alex Meseguer, (G) Günther Sauer, (F) Saddy Rebbot
Hugh/Jack Murodock – Luciano Rossi (I) Gino La Monica, (S) Sergio Mesa, (G) Thomas Braut, (F) Claude Mercutio
Williams – Teodoro Corrà (I) Roberto Bertea, (S) Paco Valls, (G) Paul Bürks
Howard Ross - Jean Louis (I) ?, (S) Juan Miguel Diez, (G) Horst Naumann, (F) Jean Berger
Brett – Carlo Gaddi (I) Luciano De Ambrosis, (S) Carlos Sianes, (G) Wolfgang Hess, (F) Jean Violette
Sam Hawkens – Victoriano Gazzarra (I) Victoriano Gazzarra, (S) Sergio Mesa, (G) ?, (F) René Bériard

Jean-Pierre Duclos  (1931-2016)

Jean-Pierre Duclos was born in Switzerland on October 2, 1931 After classical studies at the college of Geneva , he enrolled at the Conservatory. In 1951, he left for Paris to try his luck. From then on, he followed the courses of René Simon then those of Marianne Stein at the Max Reinhardt school. Like many actors, he made his theater debut.

In 1953, he acted in Dona Rosita de Lorca alongside Sylvia Montfort and then in Klabund’s Chalk Circle. In 1954, he discovered the world of dubbing and later lent his voice to various actors such as Peter Graves, James Coburn and Karl-Heinz Böhm in the Sissi saga. In 1962, he was chosen to become the French voice of Sean Connery in the role of James Bond and remained faithful to it until his last opus in 1971.

In 1983, bored by the Parisian daily lifestyle, he retired early and moved to the Alps, near his native Switzerland.

Jean-Pierre Duclos died on February 19, 2016.

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