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Making of The Dam Busters

Old 9th Mar 2021, 08:53
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Very good, the only fault I could put with the film was the poor effects of the damn blowing up, good for the day, but it looks totally wrong on screen today, but bar that the film was excellent.
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A lot of that would be down to the actors themselves being fresh out of the military and able to lend some credibility. It was so good they based Star Wars on a lot of it and used much of the script (check it out on Youtube)
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Wonder when they will be getting around to make the remake, and will it be as good as the original?
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Wasn't the guy who did Lord Of The Rings going to do one?
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'National Treasure' Stephen Fry was writing the screenplay apparently.
Not sure if that is a good thing or not.
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Wasn't the guy who did Lord Of The Rings going to do one?
This is rather controversial to say the least. Peter Jackson did indeed want to remake the movie, but was told that no Hollywood studio would allow him to produce it unless he changed the dog’s name. He said it was part of the story and refused, ergo no remake.
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A lot of that would be down to the actors themselves being fresh out of the military and able to lend some credibility. It was so good they based Star Wars on a lot of it and used much of the script (check it out on Youtube)

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When they were makong the film the problem came up of actors on an RAF station wandering around in uniform and airmen not knowing of they were 'real officers' or not. I believe Richard Todd the actor playong Guy Gibson came up with the actors would wear brown shoes to identify them. Being a black and white film there was no obvious difference. Richard Todd had a distingushed war career in which he was part of the parachute drop to support the taking of Pegasus brodge.

just to add two pieces of organ music from Liverpool Cathedral.



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An ATC colleague of mine at Eastern Radar was crew (Nav?) on one of the Lancasters used in the filming. I recall him mentioning low flying over Derwent Water.

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I believe they used 3 Lancasters for the filming, flown by crews from some of the RAF’s Lincoln sqns. Once filming was completed all the ac were flown to the scrapyard...
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I believe they used 3 Lancasters for the filming, flown by crews from some of the RAF’s Lincoln sqns. Once filming was completed all the ac were flown to the scrapyard...
Minute 19:45. Four airframes, pilots and their sqns named.
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Thanks for the organ music. I thought the 633 Squadron one was excellent but the Dambusters theme sounded a little bit 'fairground'.
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4 Lancs were used

According to AviationClassics dot Com, 4 were taken out of storage, NX673, NX679, NX782 and RT686 and modified.
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I think no remake is probably a good thing. No remake could add anything beyond clever special effects and that's just day-to-day normality these days.
Why try to improve or, Heaven forbid, change such a masterpiece, doubtless with wishy-washy modern self doubt, angst and politically (in)correct interjections that would be incongruously out of their time.
The inevitable infantile spats over the dog would mar the entire execise and introduce a nasty modern controversy that has no place in such a heroic tale.
Let sleeping dogs lie, I say.
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I stand corrected, 4 were flown to the scrapyard.
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Please, no remake.
In today's woke PC climate, I would be very concerned about casting.
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Please, no remake.
In today's woke PC climate, I would be very concerned about casting.
Right. There was no RAF study to establish minimal environmental impact (so to speak).
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I believe Richard Todd the actor playong Guy Gibson came up with the actors would wear brown shoes to identify them. Being a black and white film there was no obvious difference. Richard Todd had a distingushed war career in which he was part of the parachute drop to support the taking of Pegasus bridge.
I've heard the same tale, with the addition that Todd - who still held a Reserve Commission - wore black shoes!

The problem was potentially greater with (actor) airmen - the SWO was in danger of a heart attack seeing all the hatless luvvies wandering around his Station, not knowing who was which.
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