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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 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 – a group which includes most of us who were teenage boys when it came out in late 1968 I still remember seeing it for the first time at the cinema and for example the roar of laughter when Richard Burton announces that he has uncovered a plot to assassinate the Führer Geoff Dyer approaches the film in the same way – loving its absurdities while pointing them out and relishing the gleeful excitement dated attitudes and haircuts and so much else He made me laugh regularly while also providing some genuinely interesting and illuminating background He perhaps dwells a little too much on Burton’s drinking and fading star status but otherwise I think he gets the tone just rightNot all reviewers agree with me; several don’t share Dyer’s sense of humour for example but I found it a delight which also has the immense merit of being under 130 pages long and not over stretching itself Personally I can recommend this very warmlyMy thanks to Penguin Books for an ARC via NetGalley The Pallisers 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 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 – a group which includes most of us who were teenage boys when it came out in late 1968 I still remember seeing it for the first time at the cinema and for example the roar of laughter when Richard Burton announces that he has uncovered a plot to assassinate the Führer Geoff Dyer approaches the film in the same way – loving its absurdities while pointing them out and relishing the gleeful excitement dated attitudes and haircuts and so much else He made me laugh regularly while also providing some genuinely interesting and illuminating background He perhaps dwells a little too much on Burton’s drinking and fading star status but otherwise I think he gets the tone just rightNot all reviewers agree with me; several don’t share Dyer’s sense of humour for example but I found it a delight which also has the immense merit of being under 130 pages long and not over stretching itself Personally I can recommend this Guide de la Zarzuela very warmlyMy thanks to Penguin Books for an ARC The Rebellion via NetGalley

Review Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

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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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 45 hilarious and excellent criticism


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 read and unfortunately it wasn’t Maybe he’s hilarious in his other books but going by this one Geoff Dyer is a desperately unfunny man An example of his “comedy” so the film’s premise is that a team of Allied troops go behind enemy lines to rescue a US General Burton and co wear Nazi uniforms use German guns transport euipment etc partly to go about their mission undetected and partly out of necessity – that’s what’s lying around so that’s what they’re using Ready for Dyer’s joke? This is an example of how crappy Brexit is because it shows that even the Brits prefer using German products ahahahahahahahahahahaha jeezus His observations on the movie were frenetic and dull When the female actors appear he sets about describing his wretched sexual fantasies involving them This book hasn’t made me want to watch the movie ever nor read any books by this author The only thing going for this one is that it’s a short read Despite that I still wouldn’t recommend Broadsword Calling Danny Boy to anyone


  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 witty comments about the film ranging from Clint Eastwood's acting mostly suinting to some of the film's absurdly unrealistic moments Some of his observations don't uite work but many of them made me laugh out loudIf you're a fan of the film then this is a must readThe edition I have is a lovely hardback version signed by the author is available exclusively from Hatchards Bookshop in London Go on treat yourself


  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 itWith the multiple channels and a desire to retreat into a book I don't watch much TV However there are two war movies that I have watched countless times and despite the time or the urge of sleep I will watch if I catch them ever on the boxKelly's Heroes is one and the other is Where Eagles Dare Interestingly Clint Eastwood features in both these classicsSo when I saw a book devoted to the movie Where Eagles Dare along the lines of a commentary scene by scene I was in literary heaven I had to read it as soon as possible and it is a pleasure to review it after enjoying it so muchThe author brings his youthful zeal for books and movies from his early teens into words that make the film live and project on my mind Obviously someone unfamiliar with the film could not appreciate the nuances of the writing or the descriptions used but I suggest they would also enjoy the rich humour It is a special kind of wit that doesn't always resonate with an audience but in terms of zany nonsense and logic taken to the nth degree it had me in suppressed laughter and wide grinsIf like me you are of an age to have shared a similar upbringing as the author then many of the references to other actors and films of this time will be old favourites and in your knowledge You will enjoy the book on a higher plane of appreciationIf like me you have seen Where Eagles Dare countless times you will freak out and want to re read this wonderful book again and find that DVD somewhere and try to remember how to press playThis is a great idea for a book Well written and filled with comedy asides and clever facts It takes the film and makes fun of outrageous plotting and sends Burton up a great deal The author is well read and although this project flows from his own love of the film he brings many attributed uotes from the stars or the world of film and literature to make his pointThe entire process is to lift the movie into real cult status I don't mean to drag us all down to WW2 re enactment conferences or start uoting from the film Sit DownNo it simply enhances the whole experience of viewing the film Agreeing with how did they carry all that euipment? Why didn't the German's spot the dangling legs or rope at the window? To why delay their escape to the point of failure by taking the prisoners with themThis isn't a behind the scenes insight into how the film was made; shooting schedules or stars that turned the roles down No it is a knowledgeable account; not 'bigging himself up' but like a friend invited round who brings so much to the screening than booze and popcorn The author brings a comedic timing shares your own comments and laughs with you along the way but ultimately leaves as happy as you since together your viewing experience has been magnified to a lasting pleasure and shared joy


  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 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


  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 every ten seconds The panoply of detail and forensic analysis comes at you in page long sentences with far too many clauses and far too little editing meaning I tired of the 'style' really uickly A shame as I wanted something esoteric along the lines of the 33 and a third books about music records – just not this esoteric


  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 great reading This short book is really a long form essay a fan letter to one of his favourite films from his formative years which he admits that he was too ashamed to declare his love for in public beforeThis has many of the classic Dyer traits hey isn’t that a band? in it though it is definitely not for everyone but it should appeal to his long term fans It can be a little hard to follow especially if you haven’t seen the film before but overall this was an enjoyable read which had uite a few funny parts here and there


  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 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


  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 – a group which includes most of us who were teenage boys when it came out in late 1968 I still remember seeing it for the first time at the cinema and for example the roar of laughter when Richard Burton announces that he has uncovered a plot to assassinate the Führer Geoff Dyer approaches the film in the same way – loving its absurdities while pointing them out and relishing the gleeful excitement dated attitudes and haircuts and so much else He made me laugh regularly while also providing some genuinely interesting and illuminating background He perhaps dwells a little too much on Burton’s drinking and fading star status but otherwise I think he gets the tone just rightNot all reviewers agree with me; several don’t share Dyer’s sense of humour for example but I found it a delight which also has the immense merit of being under 130 pages long and not over stretching itself Personally I can recommend this very warmlyMy thanks to Penguin Books for an ARC via NetGalley


  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 Anthony Lane; and Steven Spielberg who called Where Eagles Dare his favorite war movie which it really isn't as it lacks the necessary seriousnessAnother fan piling into that merry little gondola up the mountain is distinguished critic and novelist Geoff Dyer who has done something your everyday highbrow would regard as far fetched as the movie's absurd plot   write a book a whole book about Where Eagles DareFeel free to read the rest of my review on Medium via the link below Thanks


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