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WED is one of my favourite films it's a proper Boy's Own adventure and reminds me of those Commando comics I used to read as a kid.

Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.

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CoolHandBond wrote:

Reference the Spy Story film - did this get a national release Barbel? I do not remember it at all and I used to see most movies released at the cinema in those days and living in London virtually every movie was shown somewhere or other - I imagine it played at a fringe cinema and I missed it - I do not remember reading any reviews of it either but then again my memory is probably playing tricks on me again  ajb007/lol

The only help I can give is that I saw it in a local cinema which was quite far down the cinema pecking order so unlikely to have a film until the bigger cinemas had shown it first.  I do remember reading about it in at least one film mag at the time, probably Film Review.

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CoolHandBond wrote:

WED is one of my favourite films it's a proper Boy's Own adventure and reminds me of those Commando comics I used to read as a kid.

Same here. And I still read Commando comics.  ajb007/wink

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I used to love these old war films and re enacted most of them with my team of Action Men in the garden. Reality is they were mainly 60’s escapism films (something in common with Bond) and you can throw the in The Great Escape, Battle of the Bulge and Battle of Britain etc as well. They were generally shown over Christmas in the UK and I fondly remember wastching Where Eagles Dare with all that snow and we had snow in the UK as well with the log fires burning at my grandparents place (was almost like actually being there) - good times.

All classics of their day, though had to laugh my grandad would always get this film confused with The Eagle Has Landed bless him!

Cheers  ajb007/biggrin

My name is Bond, Basildon Bond - I have letters after my name!

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Back in the '70s, as a reader of Dennis Wheatley's Gregory Sallust novels, I was struck by the similarity of Richard Burton's character in WED to Sallust, who spent a great deal of the wartime years infiltrating the Nazi High Command in officer's uniform - and even managed to inveigle his way into Hitler's bunker.

WED is also a fine showcase for that doyen of screen Nazis, Anton Diffring. Particularly enjoyable is the battle-of-the-accents scene in which he argues with Derren Nesbitt's SS Major. Apparently he commended Nesbitt on sounding "more German than I do", or some such.

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I recorded 'Escape From Athena' yesterday. I have not watched it all yet so do not know what happens, but from the 30 minutes I hace seen I think it will be an enjoyable comedy action romp! Roger Moore as a German officer - the man from Callan (I forget his character name) as the SS officer and David Niven (James Bond!) as a British officer.

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I actually ordered the blu-ray of 'Escape To Athena' recently and I'm waiting for it to arrive. I look forward to watching the film.

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ajb007/lol  I too have ordered the Blu-ray , and by coincidence  it
Arrives on Thursday the second anniversary  of the passing
Of the late, great Roger Moore.
It's an easy going romp of a film. With a fantastic cast,   ajb007/cheers

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Never realised that Mary Ure (Mary) was married to Robert Shaw ... sad story of her early death too at just 42.

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She also starred opposite Burton in Look Back in Anger some years earlier... a very different film.

Ii thought I saw Rebecca's Mrs Danvers as a Nazi secretary, but can't find her in the cast.

Do you all know of this book? Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

Or has all this been mentioned? Just dipping in to this thread.

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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Escape to athena is currently on Iplayer just booted it up.

Its scored by lalo schfrin who is known for the mission impossible theme, dirty harry & rush hour to name a few.

Great composer in my opinion would have been interesting to see him score a bond film in his day.

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My blu-ray of Escape to athena  arrived early.  Will watch it
Tonight with the commentary  from Sir Roger etc  ajb007/cheers

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Thunderpussy wrote:

My blu-ray of Escape to athena  arrived early.  Will watch it
Tonight with the commentary  from Sir Roger etc  ajb007/cheers

Love it  ajb007/lol

What do you reckon is old rogs best commentary from the bond films?

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I love all those '60s & '70s war adventures. WHERE EAGLES DARE is a film I watch every Christmas & never get bored of. Burton & Eastwood make a surprisingly good double-act. Originally Eastwood had more dialogue. He told them to cut it. To paraphrase: "Let Burton do the speaking, I'll handle the shooting." It works like a dream. Another Alistair MacLean war adventure I love which doesn't get much positive feedback is FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE. A tremendous adventure, unjustly compared to its predecessor, THE GUNS OF NAVARONE. Plenty of Bond alumni in it too! Another '60s adventure to recommend: OPERATION CROSSBOW. An all-star caper with George Peppard leading a mission to scupper Germany's V2 rocket plan.