Robin Hood's Archery Instructor

Above is a picture of Richard Greene (1918-1985), star of the classic long-running British TV series the Adventures of Robin Hood (1955-1960) on the set of the 1960 Hammer movie Sword of Sherwood Forest. Anna Fraser of the Adventures of Robin Hood Appreciation Society kindly informed me that the archery instructor alongside him is the famous Hollywood stuntman and Master of Arms, Jack (Jackie) Cooper.

Cooper’s long career in television and films include Captain Horatio Hornblower RN (1951), The Son of Robin Hood (1958), The Guns of Naverone (1961), The Longest Day (1962), Cleopatra (1963), Alfred The Great (1968), TV’s Arthur of the Britons (1973), Return of the Pink Panther (1975), Superman II (1980) and Willow (1988).

Sword of Sherwood Forest was directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer-Yeoman Film Productions and starred Richard Greene as Robin Hood, Peter Cushing as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Niall MacGinnis as Friar Tuck, Sarah Branch as Marian Fitzwalter and Nigel Green as Little John. The movie was produced by Sidney Cole and Richard Greene


Clement of the Glen said...

Richard Greene
Jack Cooper
Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)
Adventures of Robin Hood
Hammer Films

robin hood said...

I was always so disappointed in this movie.

Green is superb throughout the long running TV series, and I'm a huge fan of Peter Cushing and Hammer, and indeed Terence Fisher.

But, for whatever reason, something's just missing from this film.

Anonymous said...

The picture above is definitely not of stuntman Jack Cooper. Jack Cooper was British and never worked in Hollywood. He did work in many films and was a great archer but some of this is incorrect. Checkout the imdb for Jack Cooper #2