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Charmed & Dangerous wrote:

Barbel, if I find it and scan it, is there a way to make it available so anyone who is interested can read it?

If you save it as an image, it should be easy to add it to a post.

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Unfortunately I can't find a link, but Harry Enfield did a marvelous parody of WED on his "Norbert Smith" program and it's essential viewing for any WED lovers.

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There's also the well known quote from Clint Eastwood  calling it " Where Doubles Dare"  ajb007/smile

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Has anyone read the book? It's naturally much more detailed than the movie, but the plot is even more intricate. Oddly, a good few of the characters have different names (though not Smith and Schaffer).

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I'm no expert but have read the book was written along side the movie script ?

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Yup, by this point Maclean was thinking in movie terms (he was being offered big money). He wrote "Force 10 From Navarone" at around the same time- although it wasn't actually filmed till years later- and I've wondered if WED started as another adventure for Mallory and Miller (the Navarone guys) and was later changed to Smith and Schaffer.

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Oh man…. Where Eagles Dare is one of my all-time favorites. It's one of the few movies, outside of Bond, that I own on VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray.

I love how they use that winter camo JU-52 in the opening titles. (one of the coolest transport aircrafts ever)

In more recent viewings the film has suffered a little bit. Mainly because the second half, while more action-packed, is not as intriguing as the first half. (Some Bond movies are guilty of this as well)  Clint mows down so many Germans it becomes almost cartoonish.

And let's not forget WHY the alarm was sounded in the first place? It's aggrivating that Clint didn't shoot that radio control operator instead of trying to sneak up on him with a knife.  They had silenced pistols right? That was such a dumb move. I would rather see them make a relatively stealthy exit.

Just the other night I watched a 1940 film called Night Train to Munich and it reminded me of a cross between Where Eagles Dare and From Russia With Love.  I would highly recommend it to any Bond fans on here. Let me know if you watch it!

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Barbel wrote:

Has anyone read the book? It's naturally much more detailed than the movie, but the plot is even more intricate. Oddly, a good few of the characters have different names (though not Smith and Schaffer).

I have the book sitting on my shelf, but I haven't yet got around to reading it.

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Didn't realise the Guns of Navarone was penned by the same author. I'd say I prefer Eagles over that one, however it is still a good flick. Love the WW2 action adventure yarn. Inglourious Basterds aside, they just don't make films like this anymore.

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Revolver66 wrote:

Anyone on here a fan of this 60s action gem? Very Bondian, and has a definite OHMSS vibe. In fact I'd be willing to bet that Broccoli and co looked at this one before production on Majesty's started. Highly recommend if you haven't seen it, and I'd say that most Bond fans will dig this one  ajb007/lol  ajb007/martini

I loved that movie...the second time I saw it.

The first time I saw it was on local television and it was chopped to hell with commercials every 8-10 minutes. I did watch it all the way through, so there was something there.

So much better the second time I saw it on VHS a few years later. I haven't watched it in years. Overdue for a rewatch.

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The soundtrack is also awesome, I love a lot of those old film soundtracks,  wed along with zulu are majestic,  Kellys heroes is just good fun with its military drum style,  I know Barry did zulu who did the score for wed?  and is there further listening from the composer?
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Music was by Ron Goodwin who also scored 633 Squadron and Battle Of Britain.

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Post 17 above, guys.

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Thank you gents, I will looking into Mr Goodwins work a bit more I think.

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Last year I picked up a vinyl copy of the Where Eagles Dare soundtrack which I love. Ron Goodwin's music is one of my favourite ingredients in Where Eagles Dare, and certainly in several other other war films of the era as well - Battle of Britain, 633 Squadron have been mentioned. He also did a fine job on Force 10 From Navarone.

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And not to forget this one ajb007/wink   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPgS26ZhqZs

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Absolutely. I've never seen the film, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, but I certainly am familiar with the main theme.

I also recently discovered that he scored a few short animated films that I was very fond of as a child, most notably 'The Selfish Giant.' I always loved the music in that film.

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Are there any movies that can be said to be the modern equivalent of Where Eagles Dare, The Guns of Navarone and The Eagles Nest?

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Probably The Expendables films fit that bracket. A pretty good actionfest.

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I have to say I disagree.  To be honest I've only seen one of them,  but The Expendables is too wall-to-wall actor and trashy.  The old movies had more style and sense of adventure.  Perhaps the Indiana Jones-movies are better fits?  I'm not sure.  It's a matter of opinion,  after all. I would like more opinion,  please.

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Along with Where Eagles Dare, Kelly's Heroes & Guns Of Navarone, I always enjoy watching The Eagle Has Landed too. Good to see the brief Larry Hagman cameo for starters!

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Number24 wrote:

I have to say I disagree.  To be honest I've only seen one of them,  but The Expendables is too wall-to-wall actor and trashy.  The old movies had more style and sense of adventure.  Perhaps the Indiana Jones-movies are better fits?  I'm not sure.  It's a matter of opinion,  after all. I would like more opinion,  please.

It seems we don't agree on much N24  ajb007/biggrin   But cannot agree more with you though that the older films have more style and better actors, but you did ask for the modern equivalent and the Indy films don't really fit into that bracket (although they are brilliant in their own right) and I can't think of anything else off the top of my head other than The Expendables which I find fun movies.

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Well,  I see why you suggested The Expendables.  I just think the tone is too different.  Indiana Jones doesn't fit very well,  but to me it feels much the same way as The Eagles Nest etc.

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I love Where Eagles Dare, fantastic film and both Burton and Eastwood were great.  ajb007/martini

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Possibly the Fast and The Furious series would be modern contenders. A couple of well - known stars, jeopardy, conflict, humour, good action, and eye candy. Not quite the same as WED abut a modern equivalent.

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