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From the acclaimed writer and critic Geoff Dyer an extremely funny scene by scene analysis of Where Eagles Dare published as the film reaches its 50th anniversaryA thrilling Alpine adventure starring a magnificent bleary eyed Richard Burton and a coolly anachron

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Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

Istic Clint Eastwood Where Eagles Dare is the apex of 1960s war movies by turns enjoyable and preposterous 'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy' is Geoff Dyer's tribute to the film he has loved since childhood an analysis taking us from its snowy Teutonic opening credi Every so often i do like to try something totally different from the usual genres that i enjoy reading Sometimes i find i am wanting to read of a genre that i haven t thought about before and sometimes not All i can say that this book wasn t for me However i do thank Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy and this is my honest review

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Ts to its vertigo inducing climax For those who have not even seen Where Eagles Dare this book is a comic tour de force of criticism But for the film's legions of fans whose hearts will always belong to Ron Goodwin's theme tune it will be the fulfilment of a dre Broadsword calling Danny boy is a phrase imprinted on anyone who knows the film where Eagles Dare and I defy anyone catching those words not to do so without hearing Richard Burton s distinctive resonant tones announcing itThe intro sets the scene literally for the kind of read you are in for Do the mountains and the blue Bavarian twilight cause the drum march to rattle into existence is the music an emanation of the mountains or are the peaks and valleys hauled into view by the march of drums Are these Heideggerian uestions or is it just that the Teutonic opening credits as red as the background of a Nazi flag could not be any redder against the mountainous blue of snow clad mountains and the deep blue sky passing for night This description of scenic majesty is followed with the intimate exposition of the inside of the Junkers Ju 52 flying covertly into Nazi Germany We are introduced to the inscrutable expression Clint Eastwood and the anxious one of Burton because according to Dyer he has money worries of the kind that people who aren t weighted down by vast uantities of cash cannot begin to understand It is these interjections along with Dyer employing the type of zoom inzoom out change of focus you normally associate with action films and their cousin the novel which makes you realise this is not a cheap attempt to cash in on what is considered by many to be one of the greatest war films of all time Instead it is something which lovingly takes a scene by scene approach dissecting all its foibles and dwelling on why it is Burton should wish to linger in woodsheds with comely young female agents in the precursor to launching an impossible mission with an eually improbable amount of portable munitions Like the never empty sack in fairy talesIt s the kind of book you don t read in public on account of the outburst of chuckles or sudden choking fits after swallowing food while laughing When it strays into the arena of the pretentious it does so with a hilarious knowingDyer reveals a broad reading palette along with the ability worthy of the most adept uilter to blend a patchwork of references with the outrageous Alistair Maclean plot into something to warm a reader by a roaring great fire So grab your milk and cookies or a large glass of expensive spirit to sustain you and curl up with a read which is a sit down and consume in one go Then switch on the TV and glory in every highlighted detail


10 thoughts on “Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

  1. says:

    “Broadsword Calling Danny Boy” is a kind of written commentary track by Geoff Dyer on the 1968 Richard BurtonClint Eastwood WW2 movie Where Eagles Dare the title is a line from the film It sounded like an appealingly unusual book and I’ve heard that Dyer is a hoot so I thought this might’ve been a fun re

  2. says:

    45 hilarious and excellent criticism

  3. says:

    Geoff Dyer has long been a fan of the classic 1960's war film Where Eagles Dare this is his tribute to that film Dyer takes us through the film scene by secene which sounds very boring but it isn't He throws in plenty of wit

  4. says:

    I loved being able to own a film previously enjoyed at the movies on a DVD disc and play it whenever I want This pleasure multiplied numerous times when it included cut scenes alternative endings or most desired director's commentariesHowever if I am honest my subseuent re watching of these films does not justify the expense other than to have it to hand to show to someone who has never heard of the movie let alone seen

  5. says:

    Every so often i do like to try something totally different from the usual genres that i enjoy reading Sometimes i find i am wanting to read

  6. says:

    Oh dear Slapped wrists to all the blurb writers who mention this as being funny; it's patently not Instead it's a sugar rush of observations noted down while a film was playing in the background – but with this level of frenetic detail it must have taken multiple viewings either that or the pause button was pressed eve

  7. says:

    35 StarsThe good thing about this is that I have never seen the movie before The bad thing about this is that I have never seen the movie before I am a huge fan of Dyer and anything of his particularly in non fiction always makes for good to gr

  8. says:

    ‘Broadsword calling Danny boy’ is a phrase imprinted on anyone who knows the film where Eagles Dare and I defy anyone catching those words not to do so without hearing Richard Burton’s distinctive resonant tones announcing itThe intro sets the scene literally for the kind of read you are in for“Do the mountains and the blue Bavarian t

  9. says:

    I loved Broadsword Calling Danny Boy It’s funny affectionate but knowing and rather insightful in placesFairly obviously this is written for people who know the film Where Eagles Dare and preferably who love it

  10. says:

    Now I've seen Where Eagles Dare close to a couple of dozen times It is to the undying little boy within the greatest guilty pleasure in all movie history To further amaze I'm not the only brainy little kid on this cable car Among my fellow passengers are the distinguished critic Clive James; Man Booker Prize winning author Michael Ondaatje author of The English Patient; the effervescent New Yorker critic Antho