Malcolm Douglas

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How old is he??

Remember him as a teenager and thought he was oldish then.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 20:53

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 20:53
Believe he is 68 - he is back in action now after prostrate cancer according to this weeks age green guide
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:45

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:45
Yep, that is what it states in his book 'Across the Top'. Good reading too.

Watched part of his show tonight although it is a few years old as a participant regales the line that gold was worth $500 an ounce


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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:50

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:50
"Across the Top" was also the name of his first film.
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:09

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:09
Willem & shaker
A good read & he still has the original land rover that he did Across the Top in, it now lives at he's original house at Dullwich hill (Sydney) in the pool area in the corner & will need to be craned out if ever moved, I think he's daughter lives their now. Its been a few years since I have visited him there as now Broome WA is the main house.
I was lucky to do trips with him some 25years ago (great adventures) & what you see is what you get. Not like some others I travelled with & did so called adventures Movie? Documentaries? which were more like Night mares.
Another good read is Where dead men lie by the Leyland brothers before all the sponsor bull bleep , this was their first major trip strait out of School, Steep point WA to Byron bay NSW & it expired me to drive in 1977 a 540cc Suzuki east to west (hell of a trip).
If any bodies knows were I could find a copy of Where Dead Men LIe please let me know
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 20:57

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 20:57
I think he does a pretty good show, I would love to be able to visit some of the places he shows on his TV show. Love him or loathe him who of you out there has the photography of the places he shows. Just getting in early on the people who are going to criticise him.

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Reply By: equinox - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:08

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:08
Kimberley Oysters...lol

Yuk..

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Follow Up By: Member - Paul W (VIC) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:26

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:26
Yep i agree, sheeeeessshhhh i wouldnt eat em, but all that stuff we had seen him eat over the years and he is still at it, cant be too bad for you?
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:28

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:28
Must be something in those oysters that keep you going hey LOL
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:32

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:32
Hi Kev I thought it was the other oysters that keeped us guys up ah going lol have both could live for ever hahahaha
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 21:55

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 21:55
Those I'd have a shot at but the mangove worm; you can well and truly stick that one.
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Reply By: George_M - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:34

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:34
He's a bit of a legend. He was doing in the 1960's what some of our current-day 4WD hero's claim to be doing today.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:48

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:48
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Follow Up By: George_M - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 11:31

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 11:31
Too true, Willem, too true:-)
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Reply By: Mobi Condo - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 22:21

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 22:21
Ah! Ha!
Remember the Phantom - The Ghost who walks!
He walked right over the ocean to the Kimberly! :-)
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Reply By: Austravel - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 22:30

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 22:30
Thanks for that. He's been lucky to be blessed with good strong genetics. To be as active and agile as that in his latter years is pretty damn good.

Helps to stay active but still can't bet genes.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 22:40

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 22:40
Yeah I think I got all the fat genes in our family...LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 22:49

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 22:49
Heah Will why dont you buy that red Tom Thumb Project of ye matey then we can rename ya NODDY ! lmao



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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 23:08

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 23:08
Listen, you young whippersnapper!

You think you have me at a disadvantage do you?...just 'cos yer doing me a favour? Next time I'm in The Village you had better watch out!...lol

BTW Noddy had a yellow car



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Follow Up By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 14:51

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 14:51
Maybe with a red car, you could be a 'Wiggle'...........

(Got to have young kids to understand tht one...!!!!)

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 23:48

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 23:48
I can remember seeing "Across the Top" in the Melbourne Town Hall in 1972. Made me race out and buy an FJ55; my first 4wd.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 23:53

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 23:53
I saw the premiere at the Mornington High School auditorium, where his father was the Headmaster.
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 21:57

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 21:57
Nah it was in the Midland Juction Town Hall in about 1968 or so. Still have nightmares after seeing the coming of age ceremony.

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 00:24

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 00:24
See Site Link - This claims he was born 1941

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Reply By: Kroozer - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 00:27

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 00:27
Im sure his eyesite is failing cause i nearly T-Boned him a few weeks back. Pulled out in front of me on the Highway while i was doing 90 clicks, he was quick to swerve back of the road though when he seen what was coming.

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Reply By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 07:07

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 07:07
Love those types of shows, cant get enough of them.

Trouble with them is, the list of places I want to go is increasing, but the years to do it are decreasing.

Solution: Buy more Lotto tickets.


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Reply By: Grungle - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 08:29

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 08:29
Why don't you buy his DVD collection? 44 DVD's for $1100. I'd consider it.

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 08:36

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 08:36
I love this new series for the places he is able to visit and show us. I also love it because it is not a glitzy, glossy production, but has a raw edge to it. The editing is pretty average (to be kind) in the way the scenes change ... more like a cobbled-together home holiday video. This also adds to the charm.

But he is terrific to watch, has a heap of experience, tells a good yarn, and does some fascinating stuff.

Onya Malcolm!!! Keep it coming.

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Follow Up By: Austravel - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 11:36

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 11:36
Very true. Can anyone really even imagine the places and experiences he's had in a lifetime. He tends to be a blend of all the great pioneering travel, wildlife, fishing etc adventures of his time. Won't name them as some will probably disagree but think of all the names that have come after him and specialises in only one area. Sure he's rough and the productions as you say are not "professional" but that's what adds to the experience. They could almost be your own travel videos.

Regardless of what people have to say about guys like Malcolm they have pioneered travel/fishing/Australian documentary. Plus given generations of Australians and overseas visitors a dream to see this country, understand it. Plus with Malcolm given them at least some basic rudimentary survival skills which many other series don't bother with.

When he passes he will leave a huge legacy and be remembered for a very long time.

Wish I could say I'd done a fraction of what he's done and experienced.
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Reply By: trainslux - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 14:36

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 14:36
Love watching his show.
Agree the rawness is there, but adds to the charm.
Its so much better than the pat cal 4x4 show on saturday.
its so sickly, cheesy, and over the top with its advertising, its hard to watch, even if you get a good shot of some nice scenery.

Love the bush tucker man series too.

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Reply By: Maîneÿ (wa) has - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 16:07

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 16:07
I'm sure those boots he wears are the original he had when we first saw him on telly, they never appear to be fully done up ha ha

I had the very real pleasure of meeting him some years ago and sharing some of that absolutely amazing bread he bakes in the embers, that taste is something I will always remember.

His crocodile venture is worth a visit too !!

Mainey . . .
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Reply By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 16:51

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 16:51
I'd rather watch Malcolm any day than that galoot from Central Oz. who drove a SWB Jeep, or Mike & Mal. for that matter.

He doesn't go overboard with the ocker crap either.

An interesting bloke. Please to see he's still kicking.

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Reply By: beelzebug - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:23

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:23
No one has mentioned legendary Alby Mangles, or his two gorgeous side-kicks, both Jenny somethings weren't they?
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:33

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:33
Belinda Green was one!

Most of Alby's "adventures" were orchestrated.
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Follow Up By: beelzebug - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:44

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:44
Ah yes, Belinda Green / Singleton / Green.
As the kids now say "Babelicious!"
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 17:11

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 17:11
shaker & beelzebug
Alby Mangles now there's one not to forget, but I do have to stick up for him a bit, he got a lot of flack over World Safari 3 a movie he did not want to make & it showed & went broke, but to my knowledge anybody that he personally gave a guarantee too got payed, but he wore the brunt of it himself the main shareholders ran for cover & they had a lot more to answer for.
I built him a boat for WS1 & WS3
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 16:45

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 16:45
So has anyone purchased his Ultimate DVD collection??

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Reply By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 17:52

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 17:52
I remember Malcolm telling me over a camp fire (in bass strait Flinders Island the night haileys comet came over) Many years ago how when he first started & made he's first film & Ben Cropp & Alby Mangles had just done there film's & could not get any body interested in showing them & they got together & one purchased a projector the other the sound & the other the screen & they travelled to one town & showed ones film & then the next & so on & so on until it went pear shape but it got them started & for Malcolm & Ben its been there life & now Ben's boys are both camera men.
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Reply By: Flywest - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:20

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:20
Dunno how many web forums my posts were deleted from, when that Qld imposter (since dead) who called hisself the "crocodile hunter" dieed from a stingray barb to the heart.

What I pointed out was - that Malcolm D was named the Crocodile Hunter, by George "Fungus" in 1960 in a 60 minutes Interview.

1960 was the year Irwin was born!

His fancy Yank PR wife stole Malcolms title and bestowed it on her hubby and sold his larger than life antics to the Hollyweird crowd who bought it hook line and sinker.

Now that same Yank missus is exploiting the kid in just the same way - perhaps she will learn her lesson when Bindi ends up crock tucker!

I just can't hack people stealing malcoms hard eraned moniker and selling the idea to hollyweird as their own for cash - to me it is "un Australian" and the end inevitable result was karma.

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