Guns of Navarone watchalong Thursday 18th 9pm GMT

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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    The cannons were made at Pinewood by enginners who constructed artillery for real.
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    Number24 wrote:
    The cannons were made at Pinewood by enginners who constructed artillery for real.

    these are essentially Howitzers, right?
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  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,237MI6 Agent
    The guns of Navarone! Phallic symbolism, if ever there was any!
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  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    Great musical cue when you finally up close with the Guns.
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  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,237MI6 Agent
    The sailor who stabs 'The Butcher of Barcelona' looks too avuncular to be messing about on gun boats!
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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    The majority of the biggest coastal artillery in the world are in Norway. The Germans took them from battleships that were destroyed or never finished.
  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,039MI6 Agent
    Stanley Baker's death scene is a bit cheesy.
    "How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."
  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,237MI6 Agent
    Showdown with Darren... it's Bob Simmons who shoots him!
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  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 30,801Chief of Staff
    Gymkata wrote:
    Great musical cue when you finally up close with the Guns.

    Absolutely, Tiomkin's score is one of this film's greatest assets.
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    Number24 wrote:
    The majority of the biggest coastal artillery in the world are in Norway. The Germans took them from battleships that were destroyed or never finished.

    What do you mean, phallic nature? ;% :v :v
  • Golrush007Golrush007 South AfricaPosts: 2,909Quartermasters
    Shady Tree wrote:
    Showdown with Darren... it's Bob Simmons who shoots him!

    Interesting...that Bob Simmons gets around quite a bit.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 30,801Chief of Staff
    Number24 wrote:
    Number24 wrote:
    The majority of the biggest coastal artillery in the world are in Norway. The Germans took them from battleships that were destroyed or never finished.

    What do you mean, phallic nature? ;% :v :v

    Have you read Fleming's TMWTGG?
  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,237MI6 Agent
    The stuff inside the gun emplacement, with the Germans trying to drill their way in, it's an aesthetic of 'blue collar' labour... sweat, grime, grease, muscle and mechanical skill...
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  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    Number24 wrote:
    Number24 wrote:
    The majority of the biggest coastal artillery in the world are in Norway. The Germans took them from battleships that were destroyed or never finished.

    What do you mean, phallic nature? ;% :v :v

    RegalZestyCapybara-small.gif
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  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 30,801Chief of Staff
    Gymkata wrote:
    Number24 wrote:
    Number24 wrote:
    The majority of the biggest coastal artillery in the world are in Norway. The Germans took them from battleships that were destroyed or never finished.

    What do you mean, phallic nature? ;% :v :v

    RegalZestyCapybara-small.gif

    Oh, I love that film!
  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,237MI6 Agent
    The movie's least convincing special effect is the shimmering sea as seen from inside the gun emplacement... a bit like a 'Blue Peter' Christmas decoration!
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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    The SOE really did make explosive rats, just like in the movie. :007)
  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,237MI6 Agent
    A dramatic problem at this stage in the movie is that our surviving heroes are no longer in any personal jeopardy... the tension about whether their mission has been successful is all that remains (and it's easy to predict the outcome, despite all the Hitchcockian suspense around the stopping and starting wheels on the elevator!)
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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    The mountain blowing up and the cannons falling in the sea is too obviously model work, but I don't know if it can be done better without CGI.
  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,237MI6 Agent
    The final explosions are as good as in any Bond film!
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  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    love that they gave Anthony Quayle some good reaction shots here.
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  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    really well done composite shot of the boats with the model of the burning gun emplacement.
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  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 30,801Chief of Staff
    What a fun experience watching this film again with you guys. Thank you all, and particularly Number24 for being behind all this. I've had a fun evening, and a wonderful experience. Thanks again.
  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,237MI6 Agent
    The film greatly benefits from the Greek navy lending those six warships!
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  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,039MI6 Agent
    Such a stirring ending when the battleships sound their klaxons.
    "How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."
  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,237MI6 Agent
    Barbel wrote:
    What a fun experience watching this film again with you guys. Thank you all, and particularly Number24 for being behind all this. I've had a fun evening, and a wonderful experience. Thanks again.

    Yes, thanks N24. You've been trying to get this evening going for some while and I'm glad you managed it. A pleasure, as always, to join in with an AJB watchalong with everyone here :-)
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  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    FORCE 10 now?
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  • Golrush007Golrush007 South AfricaPosts: 2,909Quartermasters
    A most enjoyable watchalong. It's been a while since I last saw this film, revisiting it has been great. It's almost 2AM here (work will definitely suffer in the morning) so I'll bid you all a good night. I look forward to the next one!
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    This was fun and it couldn't have been done without all of you :)
    A special thanks to Gymkata for great GIF work.
    It's a relief to see non-Bond watchalongs can work.
    Are you onboard for a Where Eagles Dare watchalong in a few weeks?
  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,237MI6 Agent
    Gymkata wrote:
    love that they gave Anthony Quayle some good reaction shots here.

    It sort of anticipates that thing with 70s TV of replaying clips of the leads in the end titles (it became a movie thing first).
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