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PaulGreaves
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:43 am    Post subject: Q Planes Reply with quote

Just FYI, Q Planes is the film that Patrick MacNee credits with giving him the inspiration for John Steed and Network are releasing it in Feb 2014.

http://networkonair.com/shop/1830-q-planes-5027626404949.html
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hasn't this already been available on DVD ? Great film anyway. Pretty much a pre-Bond Bond movie.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a new transfer of the movie, and the DVD also contains an image gallery and a promotional "Cinegram" in PDF format. It is part of Network's "British Film" series.

I picked this up when it was released but I only got round to watching it today. It is a very enjoyable film and certainly a story worthy of an Avengers episode (planes are disappearing on their test flights).

There is a lot of humour, and the odd bizarre moment. There is a particularly "Avengerish" scene where the shadowy secret service man, played by Ralph Richardson, is preparing to pack to travel to Cornwall and we see he has a wardrobe specifically for his hats and umbrellas.



I can see the embryonic "Steed" in RR's performance. Well worth seeing.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a print available from archive.org as well, nowhere near as good as Network's, of course.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks interesting, might have to pick it up in my next Network trawl!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Q Planes is great fun, if a trifle thin on plot. Olivier doesn't quite pull off his part, but Richardson is having the time of his life. You can see where at least part of Steed's character came from.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip! Patrick Macnee seems to have admired the performance to judge by how he cites it as an inspiration. Some people find Olivier to be a little hammy in films, in contrast (presumably) to his legendary stage reputation. I haven't really seen enough to judge, mainly his Shakespeares and Rebecca to judge by, though he seemed okay in some TV stuff like Brideshead Revisited. I find Ralph Richardson a much warmer presence than his eventual theatrical knight/peer contemporaries. John Gielgud also creeps me out. Maybe because he never seemed to have a nice word to say about anyone!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pic and quite humorous!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Wegg wrote:
This is a new transfer of the movie, and the DVD also contains an image gallery and a promotional "Cinegram" in PDF format. It is part of Network's "British Film" series.

I picked this up when it was released but I only got round to watching it today. It is a very enjoyable film and certainly a story worthy of an Avengers episode (planes are disappearing on their test flights).

There is a lot of humour, and the odd bizarre moment. There is a particularly "Avengerish" scene where the shadowy secret service man, played by Ralph Richardson, is preparing to pack to travel to Cornwall and we see he has a wardrobe specifically for his hats and umbrellas.



I can see the embryonic "Steed" in RR's performance. Well worth seeing.

~iw


wow, sorta the holy grail for american steed fans
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lhbizness wrote:
Q Planes is great fun, if a trifle thin on plot. Olivier doesn't quite pull off his part, but Richardson is having the time of his life. You can see where at least part of Steed's character came from.

Many a James Bond film has managed with plots as thin! I agree, Ralph Richardson is clearly in his element. I loved the running gag with the dash to make a phone call at each major plot advance (which got me every time!) and the misunderstanding when Major Hammond used the phrase "good show" to the theatre doorman was a laugh out loud moment for me.

I've had a second viewing today. It was only after reading the IMDB entry that I discovered the aircraft scenes were filmed at Brooklands. The banked track, distinctive clubhouse roof and test hill are all clearly visible but I somehow missed it the first time. Another bonus.



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Abdul The Damned" looks good to me, too.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have always loved Q Planes, since seeing it on tv for the first time about 20+ years ago, but had never thought of it as an Avengers forerunner before!
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