Damn, you're right!
In the book they jumped into snow. I guess they changed it to water in the movie but never thought of the notebooks, or they just couldn't think of a way round it and they figured it's not a big deal.
LOL, Cartwright Jones immediately grabs the bottle and starts swigging from it. I'm sure there are multiple other takes where Burton grabbed it first.
When the cable car station blew up, I half expected to see a short blonde woman appear out of the smoke....
I just saw Clint reloading, probably for the first time!!!!
On a point of trivia, the cover to the Victor Annual 1973, for boys, was obviously based on the scene with our heroes escaping in a bus. The cover shows British soldiers, blasting at a pursuing bike and sidecar, in a bus liveried with a swastika but with 'Under New Management' daubed in paint over the top.
These exterior shots are so great. You just can't replicate this on a stage.
Hey, where did this white backpack come from? Last I saw, they left the last one on the cable car that blew up.
Deposited in the bus before their ascent to the castle perhaps?
Ah, preparing a bridge for demolition. Did that loads of times in the military. We never got to blow them up for real, in spite of our begging. 🤣
Maybe they left it on the bus earlier? Can't recall now.
American T-6 Texans aka Harvards pretending to be German aircraft at this airfield.
I'll roll with that. I don't think they explicitly showed it earlier but I can accept that as the answer and move on.
Good thing Lt Hip wasn't driving that bus.
lol :-) :-)
In real life about one in ten German soldiers had submachine guns, here they all have them. 😁
In the book this final scene takes place in the far less spacious environment of a De Havilland Mosquito. I think they were all supposed to be sitting in the fairly small bomb bay. That would have been quite the challenge to shoot.
Burton's dialogue with Wymark aboard the plane... both actors play it magnificently.
Agreed, this is better.
'I can't make out a thing on these pages...they're stuck together and the ink's all blurred. Did these get wet?'
Yes, these scenes require good actors.
Clint is doing here his wry sense of irony at proceedings ("Do me a favour, willya? Next time you have one of these things... keep it an all-British operation!) - exactly the tone of Dirty Harry, anticipating that role, perhaps...
You have to be pretty confident not to winch when Turner pulled the trigger...
Clint Eastwood would work with the same director - Brian G. Hutton - a year later on Kelly's Heroes (co-starring Telly Savalas). A very different type of war caper but also highly enjoyable.
Guys, before we go-
Norbert Smith: A Life (1989)  - Bing video
Start about 3 minutes 30 seconds in
It's a magnificent action adventure war movie! Let's hope no-one believes war is like that.