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Spectre - the movie

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I have a thing for old films and old things in general I suppose which is OK I guess because I am rapidly becoming an old thing myself but anyway….

Another thing about me and films is that when it comes to true stories I like the truth and not some embellished artistic take on what happened with added bullshit and downright lies.  So with that said I ought to really hate the First of the Few, the film the above poster is based on.

It has a charm that comes from the period, the humour, the black & white and that fact that it was first conceived in 1940. Mainly though it is the interplay between Howard and Niven which I think is marvellous.  There are cringe worthy moments of British stiff upper lip and corniness some of which is down to the zero acting abilities of the actual RAF pilots in the early and late stages of the film – yes that really is Brian Kingscombe, Tony Bartley  and many more and the Character “Bunny”  is Wing commander Christopher Frederick Currant.

There is some nice actual footage included - the S4 is just incredible especially when you think of the year it first flew. But for those in know there are planet sized liberties taken with the truth - constantly.  There is of course a propaganda element lurking also of course and it was released in America retitled “Spitfire” in 1943 however in my AU it there was no such thing as a Spitfire as Mitchell designed the Spectre.

Around about the time that the film was released in the USA,  the DC3 Leslie Howard was in flying from Lisbon to the UK  was intercepted and shot down by a Luftwaffe aircraft said to be a BF.110 but I am sure I read somewhere it was a JU88 or maybe it was the other way round.

I obviously stole the cast images from the original poster but everything else is Small brown Dog built with Modo/PS and was a bit of fun to do whilst I have some time out from 3D.

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cullyferg2010's avatar
The Germans thought the aircraft carried Winston Churchill coming back from a secret conference.  Too bad this film didn't include a young Michael Rennie or Basil Rathbone.  But he was too busy doing his Sherlock Holmes series at the time.
Small-Brown-Dog's avatar
Do you mean Rennie or Rathbone instead of either Niven or Howard  ... why!?
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Either one, or have one of the other pair included in the lineup.  Michael was already familiar to the British audience before he made his American appearance in 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'.  And Sir Basil always had that commanding attention when he was on the screen.

So either Michael or Sir Basil with David and Howard would have intensified the the action on the silver screen.
Small-Brown-Dog's avatar
Naw, the balance of lead characters was just right, it would have been just to top heavy for the plot.
Rennie perhaps in some role but could not have been a substitute for either Howard or Niven. Basil on the other hand would not have been suitable in my opinion.
cullyferg2010's avatar
Enjoyed Niven and Howard in the life story of R.G. Mitchell.  But as you said, the others might have overburdened the film.
Small-Brown-Dog's avatar
Just to throw a contradiction into the mix though.....
Having read extesively about Mitchel I can say that Howards depiction was not that accurate but then the film is about as far from the truth as the moon is from where I am sitting :)
cullyferg2010's avatar
A lot of those so-called biopics are, at times, way off course from the truth.  Such as with George Patton.  Here they have such a dynamic actor as George C. Scott in the title roll, and he was nowhere even close to the actual person.

Leslie Howard was a very good actor, and his son was just as good when he did the TV version of Sherlock Holmes.
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To be fair to it the movie was a propaganda tool firstly designed to gather more sympathy from the USA before you guys got your invitaion but it didn't get out to you until 43'
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Jimbowyrick1's avatar
Your talent and skills are amazing!
Small-Brown-Dog's avatar
Thanks prof but you are not lacking yourself either .
Some of your imaginations blow me away.
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You made me blush!
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mb109-da's avatar
IMHO, those british things look more like manned V1 rockets than fighter planes!

Anyway super work! :)
Small-Brown-Dog's avatar
There is a whole new tech thing going on with my aircraft thats why they seem odd.
I didn't want to just repeat what everybody else is doing with vintage aircraft as its near enough been done already so I invented some tech based on some rather shaky early 20th century ideas and went from there ;)
mb109-da's avatar
Yeah... I know what you are doing and I love your images. Clap 
Your british fighters just reminded me of the german 'kamikaze' program, that was never launched... the Fi 103 (Reichenberg-Gerät).
Small-Brown-Dog's avatar
Funny you should mention that as I have been having a look at Fi 103 recently with some ideas forming with regards to pulse jets.
mb109-da's avatar
Inspirations travel through mystical roads... ;)
Small-Brown-Dog's avatar
and sometimes through small brown dogs heads that probably have other things it should be thinking about ;)
mb109-da's avatar
We all are guilty in this case... :)
starship1057's avatar
Try this with Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Nicely written and composed
Gnoll-El's avatar
It may be a wait, but you don't disappoint.

Funny how we can be nostalgic about such a brutal, brutal war and yet we are. 
Small-Brown-Dog's avatar
I have often thought that myself.
At times it has created conflict within.
Gnoll-El's avatar
I wouldn't worry about.  As His Story, it's great drama.  But no one in his right mind would to those times to return.
Small-Brown-Dog's avatar
Agreed. Something of the period that strikes home is that Leslie Howards girlfriend died of pneumonia at 32 ...32!!!
That would be almost unheard of today at that age with our meds.
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