Guns of Navarone watchalong Thursday 18th 9pm GMT

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  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,039MI6 Agent
    Agreed all round, you've all been great company and I've certainly watched the film with fresh eyes. Thanks especially Number 24 for organising this evening! {[]
    "How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    Number24 wrote:
    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?

    I will certainly endeavor to be there...
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  • Golrush007Golrush007 South AfricaPosts: 2,909Quartermasters
    Gymkata wrote:
    Number24 wrote:
    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?

    I will certainly endeavor to be there...

    Me too!
  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,039MI6 Agent
    Perhaps after Where Eagles Dare and Force 10, we should continue the Alistair Maclean theme with Ice Station Zebra?
    "How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    Good night, everybody.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 30,801Chief of Staff
    Number24 wrote:
    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?

    Count me in!
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 30,801Chief of Staff
    Number24 wrote:
    Good night, everybody.

    Yes, good night all.
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    And I await more feedback on my WHERE HOBBITS DARE list. Any ideas to improve my draft selection would be welcome!
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    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 30,801Chief of Staff
    WHERE HOBBITS DARE.


    Gandalf: James Mason
    Aragorn/Strider: Sean Connery
    Frodo: Ringo Starr
    Samwise: George Harrison
    Merry: Paul McCartney
    Pippin: John Lennon
    Boromir: Stanley Baker
    Gimli: Oliver Reed (can't think of anyone better at that time)
    Legolas: John Hurt
    Gollum: Lloyd Bridges ("Sure picked the wrong day for giving up coveting rings")
    Arwen: Jane Fonda
    Galadriel: Audrey Hepburn
    Eowyn: Judi Dench
    Faramir: Robert Redford
    Grima Wormtongue: Vincent Price (though Edward G is a better choice)
    and of course
    Saruman: Christopher Lee
  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,237MI6 Agent
    edited February 19
    I couldn't resist this re-casting:

    'Stingray' (TV series, 1964-65)

    Captain Troy Tempest - Gregory Peck
    Lieutenant George Lee 'Phones' Sheridan - Richard Harris
    Commander Sam Shore - James Robertson Justice
    Marina - Gia Scala
    Atlanta Shaw - Lois Maxwell (I don't have the heart to re-cast this one!)
    King Titan of Titanica - Albert Lieven
    Aquaphibian #1 - Bob Simmons
    End credits song 'Aqua Marina' performed by James Darren

    Also: Here's the scene from 'Reservoir Dogs' of which Miller's indignation with Mallory over Franklin reminds me: it's tempting to think that when White loses his temper with Pink, Keitel is channelling Niven's delivery (although of course Buscemi entirely lacks Peck's cool). Not inconceivable, given Tarantino's card-carrying movie geekery. And Michael Madsen's quiet intervention at the end of the clip echoes Quinn's style.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbs171qLfks
    Critics and material I don't need. I haven't changed my act in 50 years.
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    The next couple of months I will have visitors, but I plan to organise the Where Eagles Dare watchalong next month.
    If there are other movies we want to see in a watchalong we can suggest it here and maybe watch it later. Even better, you can organise a watchalong! :)
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    Barbel wrote:
    WHERE HOBBITS DARE.


    Gandalf: James Mason
    Aragorn/Strider: Sean Connery
    Frodo: Ringo Starr
    Samwise: George Harrison
    Merry: Paul McCartney
    Pippin: John Lennon
    Boromir: Stanley Baker
    Gimli: Oliver Reed (can't think of anyone better at that time)
    Legolas: John Hurt
    Gollum: Lloyd Bridges ("Sure picked the wrong day for giving up coveting rings")
    Arwen: Jane Fonda
    Galadriel: Audrey Hepburn
    Eowyn: Judi Dench
    Faramir: Robert Redford
    Grima Wormtongue: Vincent Price (though Edward G is a better choice)
    and of course
    Saruman: Christopher Lee

    Some excellent suggestions!
    Bear in mind, I'm competing against 15 other drafters. Once an actor is gone (somebody has drafted him/her), they're gone. Hence why I need backups.

    For the four Hobbits: going with the Beatles was my very first idea. I suspect that others are thinking the same so I was contemplating other musicians. If I can get all four of the Beatles (vain hope), I'll do so.

    For Gandalf and Strider/Aragorn: I had Burton and Eastwood as my first choices to keep with the WHERE HOBBITS DARE theme. I'm pretty sure that Burton will be an early, early pick and I may not get him, so James Mason is a definite possibility. I do have him on my backup list and I like the idea of pairing him with Sean Connery. Then again, I suspect that Connery may very well be the first overall pick of the draft.

    Stanley Baker as Boromir is a fantastic suggestion. I'm rolling with that.
    Jane Fonda as Arwen is not bad. I'm leaning towards Charlotte Rampling mainly due to her ethereal quality, though.
    Everything else is great. Hadn't thought of Redford. To that end...and this is vain hope indeed....pairing up Redford and Newman for Strider and Boromir would be fun. No way that's happening.

    Thanks!
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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    "I'm watching" Suicide squad" on TV, a movie a about The Shetland Gang with mostly real SOE agents playing. themselves. It's a lot like the boat part of Guns of Navarone!
  • emtiememtiem SurreyPosts: 4,050MI6 Agent
    Perhaps after Where Eagles Dare and Force 10, we should continue the Alistair Maclean theme with Ice Station Zebra?

    I watched When Eight Bells Toll yesterday (which is available on YouTube) which very much has a sort of alternate Bond feel, with Anthony Hopkins in the lead. It's not amazing (certainly no Eagles Dare) but pretty decent fun for a Sunday afternoon.
  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,039MI6 Agent
    emtiem wrote:
    I watched When Eight Bells Toll yesterday (which is available on YouTube) which very much has a sort of alternate Bond feel, with Anthony Hopkins in the lead. It's not amazing (certainly no Eagles Dare) but pretty decent fun for a Sunday afternoon.

    Haven't seen it for years- I'll have to watch it again.
    "How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 30,801Chief of Staff
    Candidate for a watchalong?
  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,237MI6 Agent
    It's been many years since I've seen 'When Eight Bells Toll' and it would be fun to do a watchalong of a young Anthony Hopkins playing an action man.

    I've been stocking up, a bit, on my Maclean reading.
    Critics and material I don't need. I haven't changed my act in 50 years.
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    Hey, we're alive again!

    a quick update on my 1960s set LOTR draft so far:
    Gandalf: Richard Burton
    Aragorn/Strider: Clint Eastwood
    Boromir: Stanley Baker
    Legolas: Alain Delon
    Frodo: Harrison Ford
    Samwise: William Shatner

    I've settled on the three names for my trilogy of films:
    WHERE HOBBITS DARE
    THE GUNS OF PELENNOR
    ICE STATION MORDOR (except maybe FIRE STATION MORDOR)

    Barbel:
    I've lost the following suggestions on your list to other drafters:
    James Mason
    Sean Connery
    Ringo Starr
    George Harrison
    Paul McCartney
    John Lennon
    Oliver Reed
    Robert Redford
    Vincent Price
    Christopher Lee
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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    Is there an 80's version of this? "Raiders of the lost ring" , perhaps? :D
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 30,801Chief of Staff
    Shatner as Sam? Didn't see that one coming.
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    Barbel wrote:
    Shatner as Sam? Didn't see that one coming.

    I wanted someone slightly older than Ford to be the sort of mentor. Sam also has a lot of emotional heavy lifting in the film and Shatner can do that with his usual hammy style.

    As an update:
    Gandalf: Richard Burton
    Aragorn: Clint Eastwood
    Boromir: Stanley Baker
    Legolas: Alain Delon
    Gimli: Anthony Quinn
    Frodo: Harrison Ford
    Sam: William Shatner
    Merry: Robert Conrad
    Pippin: James Darren
    Gollum: John Cassavetes
    Galadriel: Brigitte Bardot

    That's where I'm at so far today. I have one more pick today and then three more tomorrow.
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  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 30,801Chief of Staff
    I still say John Hurt for Legolas. Don't think of the older man, think of how he looked in the 60s.

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    Quinn for Gimli is a masterstroke. Perfect choice!
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    Someone grabbed John Hurt early on.

    I also grabbed Burt Lancaster for Theoden today.
    For tomorrow, I'm thinking:
    - Grima Wormtongue: Henry Silva
    - Eomer: Stephen Boyd
    - Eowyn: Katherine Ross
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  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    edited February 25
    "I don't want to play your stupid game - I want to play MY game and everyone else should join me!"
    Based on this mature consept, here is the 80s LOTR, or

    Raiders of the lost ring

    Frodo - Michael J. Fox or Ian Holm
    Gandalf - Sean Connery
    Saruman - Max von Sydow
    Legolas - Jonny Depp
    Aragorn - Daniel Day Lewis or Liam Neeson
    Galadriel - Michelle Pfeiffer
    Boromir - Ruther Hauer
    Gimli - Kurt Russel
    Arwen - Emmanuelle Beart
    Gollum - Ben Kingley
    Grima Wormtongue - Joe Pesci or Christopher Walken
    Faramir - Kevin Costner
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 2,940MI6 Agent
    That's pretty fun, N24!

    and I picture Connery doing his Agamemnon from TIME BANDITS for Gandalf.

    For me, I think the way to do it in the 80s would be more of a B-Action/Carolco route.
    Gandalf: Michael Ironside
    Aragorn: Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Boromir: James Remar
    Legolas: Jean Claude Van Damme
    Gimli: Sonny Landham

    Directed by Paul Verhoeven with a score by Basil Poledouris.
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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    That would be fun too, but mostly fun and almost certainly not good. I think my version could potentially be pretty good.
    I would really like to see Kurt Russel's Gimli and especially Jonny Depp's Legolas :D
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