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Tom Adams[edit]

hi, it has been a pleasure over the last couple of years to have befriended Tom Adams whilst staying at an Hotel in Windsor. Is it possible to access his wicks pedis page to put this on.. If so how do you get into it please. ?

  • I believe you'd register with Wikipedia, however as Wikipedia is sort of an encyclopedia it would be of interest to put in facts with verification, i.e. school's he attended and if you provide quotes you'd have to provide a verification. Or you could write an article for a film magazine with your memories of conversation providing an oral history. Wikipedia does not like facts without verification.Foofbun (talk) 22:50, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Combat Kelly[edit]

Well, I checked the citation re: Sgt. Fury #104 with my actual copy of Sgt. Fury #104, and you know, the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe is actually incorrect — the letters page actually says nothing one way or the other about Combat Kelly in WWII being or not being the Combat Kelly of the Korean War. I'll keep investigating — I found my old Fury and Capt. Savage comics but not yet Combat Kelly — but thanks for getting me to compare the cite with the cited! -- Tenebrae (talk) 06:08, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Way ahead of you! Made the change and expanded the footnote. I've heard Stan make mention, in the late 1990s or the 200s, of Percy being gay, but this was never something he stated at the time, and the story canon itself doesn't make that claim. Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich, the subsequent major Fury writers, never said anything to that effect. But, certainly, if there's a reliable-source citation quoting Stan to that effect, it's worth stating, within the aforesaid contextual framework. Nice to work with you! I guess from the Crikey, G'day and the hour that you might be in Australia. I've a relative in Footscray, formerly of Ararat. -- Tenebrae (talk) 06:18, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Too right! I'm a Sydney boy! Where are you?Foofbun (talk) 06:22, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

They Came to Cordura[edit]

Hi again Foofbun,
I reckon you had a spot of trouble with War Books.
Sorry about that. Since you last updated the list, I decided to document straight war lit in addition to films, so you grabbed the wrong template as your model.
I've fixed your addition. Thanks.
The upside is there are now decent lists of WWI and WWII literature, not filmed as yet.
Cheers, Varlaam (talk) 05:53, 18 November 2009 (UTC) (in Toronto)

Anzio has been a sore point for decades. But I liked it as a kid.
I don't know about other people, but I don't view the page as a film page. I see it as a history and literature page, where the films exist as an easy entry point for the uninitiated.
"Now that you've seen the dumbed-down 90 minute version, here is where you go to find out what actually happened."
That's why I feature literary awards a lot. Get the young folks away from the videogames and into the library where the genuine cool stuff is sitting there collecting dust.
Varlaam (talk) 03:46, 19 November 2009 (UTC)
And have you seen Waltz with Bashir?
I caught this one on public library DVD. As for your OSS 117, I've never seen any of those, but I should probably check the good ol' library since they are in French.
Varlaam (talk) 06:36, 19 November 2009 (UTC)
You know you can respond here, eh? I've got a watch on this page just for now.

The Seekers (1954)[edit]

Hi Foof, I see you modified this page. Does this title have a war angle?
Maybe inter-Maori?
Varlaam (talk) 17:54, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

    • No, no Maori War stuff whatsoever. I did see a Kiwi film on the war called 'Utu' that was rather good.Foofbun (talk) 22:38, 22 November 2009 (UTC)
Rats. I am aware of Utu. I remember when it screened here in the 1980s but I've actually never seen it.
There's another more recent Kiwi Kombat film, with a title something like River Queen from just a few years back.
Varlaam (talk) 00:04, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
    • I saw a rather interesting Canadian film (sadly in a poor quality DVD) 'Dan Candy's Law' with Donald Sutherland impressive as a Mountie as was Kevin McCarthy. Had an interesting battle scene at the end. My fave Canadian film is probably 'Buried on Sunday' that I saw in OttawaFoofbun (talk) 01:09, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
Dan Candy's more legit title is Alien Thunder. One of our local stations has it in its library, but I've never actually seen it since I don't watch TV. It does have a good rep, and Sutherland guarantees a certain level of quality. Most other Mountie films are US rubbish, so this is considered the exception.
Buried on Sunday I've never heard of. So I just looked it up. It was made by Salter Street which operated Down East in Halifax. That's both good and bad. Good quality, but they folded, so what happened to the rights? Nice quality Canadian cast: Maury Chaykin, Henry Czerny, Louis Del Grande (he's funny!), Paul Gross (I spoke to him briefly at the opera a couple of years back), Harvey Kirck! (newsman, not an actor, famous for his drinking problem), Tommy Sexton (funny, died of AIDS?), Mary Walsh (also funny).
Both Chaykin and Del Grande are transplanted Americans who found more luck in our small pond than in the big US one.
Yeah, I'll see that when the opportunity arises. Looks interesting. Thanks for the tip.
Cheers, Dave
    • Canada certainly does have a fine troup of actors, I enjoy that advert in Mike Moore's Canadian Bacon about them. The Americans seem to have an interesting view of the Mounties; treating the Red Indians fairly and squarely (like Kevin McCarthy's speech 'The Mountie is your FRIEND; the Mountie is friend to you ALL') as opposed to the uncouth Amis (enjoyed 'The Pony Soldier' as a child and wished I had a fine DVD of it) so it was a surprise seeing the battle scen in 'Alien Thunder' (that I'm sure most would've thought a sci fi film)Foofbun (talk) 02:55, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
US and Canadian settlement patterns are quite different. They had settlers colliding with Indians directly, with problems ensuing. We had the Mounties first, to assert British sovereignty, then the settlers later. We had fewer problems. At least some of that was probably due to the Indians here knowing what had happened in the States, that adopting an offensive posture with the whites wasn't going to be successful.
Varlaam (talk) 04:56, 7 December 2009 (UTC)
Canadian Bacon does have its moments. That's the one where the character "talks Canadian" by saying "aboot" for "about". Michael Moore, who was very friendly the time I chatted with him, has Cdn family, so he knows Ontario pretty well.
Battle scene, eh? Guess I'll have to look around for that for sure.


Watching Aussie film Jindabyne. Thought, Oh great, I'm going to get to hear Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne trying out their Aussie accents.
Nope. They are playing Americans in Oz.
Question: A character in the movie has an extra number plate. A plate with a big P on it. What is that? I only remember the extra L plate for Learners.
Varlaam (talk)

    • Funny, how synchonic. Just back from seaside holiday yesterday and the SMH TV guide as an article on Aussie actors using Ami accents and rating them. P is 'Provisional Driver' Driver licence in Australia#Provisional licence, stage 2 (P2 - green)where you can drive with a full drivers licence holder (when he or she is drunk). Best Aussie accent by an American was Kevin Kline, that fooled my MrsFoofbun (talk) 08:11, 7 December 2009 (UTC)
So the cute girl was in violation, just before she got killed by the sinister electrician.
SMH. Sydney Morning Herald. I used to read that paper. <sniff>
Where was Kevin Kline playing Aussie? I like him in general, although I saw him recently in "De-Lovely" as Cole Porter. Ashley Judd was some consolation.
      • 'Fierce Creatures'. I'm a big KK fan and wished he would've played Inspector Clouseau instead of Steve Martin. I guess the SMH is online though they have different articles. Just got back from the feel good movie of the year, 'Zombieland' (what's summer without a zombie movie?) Woody Harrelson's greatest role...Foofbun (talk) 08:59, 8 December 2009 (UTC)
Fierce Creatures, the "sequel" to Fish called Wanda? I was not keen on that when it first came out. I've met a couple of Pythons in the real world, Idle and Palin.
Martin's Clouseau is/was hopeless. Martin's "Shopgirl" was great, as was his original book.
SMH online eh? I usually read the BBC since it covers everything.
Zombieland. I'll have to check on that. Harrelson's greatest eh? Better than his "bubonic plague" line? Better than Kingpin? Better than that Siberian film where he's being terrorized by crooked cop Sir Ben Kingsley?
Merry Christmas under the gumtrees, Varlaam (talk) 11:06, 26 December 2009 (UTC)

Happy Christmas and Boxing Day to you too!

I miss hearing BBC on the radio, I was always excited hearing 'Liliburlello' but its vanished as they expect you to go to Pay TV for it.
Is Michael Palin as big a whinger as he is on the chat shows?Foofbun
Sadly its been raining today killing my usual Boxing Day activity of laying in my net jungle hammock above Balmoral watching the start of the Sydney-Hobart race. They say the sun will return just when I go back to work!(talk) 11:30, 26 December 2009 (UTC)

Images of war[edit]

G'day, Foof.
Hits. War books has been taking a lot of hits, in a good way, this month. My theory is that it's the beginning of a school term, and students are looking for a topic for their book report?? There've been spikes that are 10 times normal.
So if people are actually using this bloody resource, that's got me thinking, What about imagery?
It's a thousand times harder to look up an image than a book title.
A cursory look found no WP article listing war imagery.
Should I document this stuff for the kiddies, who may recognize the image but not know what it's called or where it comes from?
Goya. Matthew Brady. Things like that that we know, but not the kids.
Nick Ut's photo of Kim Phuc fleeing with her clothes burnt off. Capa's photo of the dead Spanish soldier.
Casasola recorded all of the principal images of the Mexican Revolution.

What say you? Varlaam (talk) 21:30, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

Great idea, but you've come across a weakness of mine; I've no idea about the use of images on Wikipedia with the rights going to who etc.

It's an interesting idea but how do you decide which images to use and will someone say, 'yeah we've seen Capa's photo of the man slipping on the banana skin what about....'

Give it a try or as they say, 'run it up the flagstaff and see if anyone salutes it'. Good luck! Foofbun (talk) 22:01, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

No, I don't mean to include the actual images. I'm a low-overhead text-based guy (I used to program in C with embedded assembler). One image would require more storage than everything I would want to say.
No, I'd just do my normal table structure like now, where ideally you click on my movie title and get your movie poster and cast list and plot on some other guy's page. I just co-ordinate everything and put it in its proper historical context.
Possibly I'm good at that aspect of it. Good at the overview maybe.
Varlaam (talk) 22:11, 24 January 2010 (UTC)
I was actually procrastinating today and whilst procrastinating (that's Latin for tomorrow), I did a tally of the size of War books.
It's now 900k. It was 30k when I first started thinking during my showers (!) about whether the page was missing anything. I guess it was missing one or two titles!
So, do you happen to be aware of any other page that is bloated like that?
I had thought that List of western films was big, big, big, but it's not, not, not.
    • I'm always surprised at the length of some Wikipedia pages (TV shows) and short paragraph of other things. Interesting about Westerns; I had read somewhere that '50's sci fi films were way more popular than they were at the time of release with conventions on them getting masses of young people whilst Western conventions only looked like Spanish American War reunions. My theory is that a certain age of people don't use or edit Wikipedia.

I always think to a typical Saturday where I visited Woolworths for lunch and shopping in the morning and went to a double feature of Westerns at our Cinematheque that afternoon. As I was having tea at the Quay waiting for my ferry afterwards it hit me that going to Woolworths and a Western double feature were something that I, my father and his father did every Saturday but no one did anymore!Foofbun (talk) 22:29, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

Woolies! Circular Quay! There you go making me homesick again.
For sure, the respectability and then popularity of science fiction has been growing since the 1960s. Kubrick had a little something to do with that.
And western films were huge money losers in the 1980s and 1990s with occasional exceptions like Dances with Wolfen, as I call it.
Westerns are coming back now though. Deadwood.
As a kid I saw some westerns on first release, like Valdez is Coming with Burt Lancaster and the horse race through the desert one. But Westerns were on their last legs then.
Anyway, I'm doing my bit. I created List of films based on westerns some time back for 19th century US films that didn't fit on the war page. You've seen that page? I did my usual "cast the widest possible net" thing with it, naturally.
You've seen those WP tables listing usage by nationality? We are swimming in a US pond here. I don't think there is one for age since that's not independently verifiable by IP address.
Varlaam (talk) 22:45, 24 January 2010 (UTC)
    • No, I haven't seen the list of nationalities, but I've noticed some disclaimer on some pages saying 'this is a US view' but why don't they write things in themselves to fix it? (the whinging pom syndrome)

I haven't seen 'Deadwood', last 'new' Western I've seen on the big screen was 'Appaloosa' that was pretty good but had no attention and was only on one screen for a week and like other films they don't like (the Aussie 'Sahara') only found out about it by accident.

Funny you mention the 'not fitting on the war page'. For Xmas I bought myself a DVD of 'The Glory Guys' which was a pretty generic war film that you could easily substitute Viet Nam or any other war for.

My theory on the demise of the Western is how in the '70's urban landscapes became battlegrounds. Whereas if you wanted your hero in the 50's and 60's to personally kill a dozen people it had to be in the Old West, or the Chile Con Carnage of the Mexican Revolution or a war film as adventure. With films like 'Shaft's Big Score' and 'Hickey and Boggs' you could have machine gun firing helicopters chasing the heroes in the middle of a city with no one seeming to care.

My crank theory on 'Dances With Wolves' is that young Kevin Costner was brought up eating his Maypo whilst watching 'F Troop' and that commercial with the crying Iron Eyes Cody being hit with litter (brilliantly parodied by the Farrelly Bros) and DWW is a remake of F Troop with a Red Indian Wrangler Jane.Foofbun (talk) 22:55, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

Noting a problem and having the wherewithal to correct it are quite distinct. The latter presupposes English language grammatical skills. I had this argument with WP "decision makers" recently. I felt that musicians are entitled to have wives the way that actors have. I called this discussion "All musicians are celibate". No, no, no, I'm told, if David Bowie as a Somali model as a wife, then somebody can simply write an exhaustive treatise about her in the main body of the article. Under no conditions should the precious and sacrosanct infobox be allowed to contain a simple data point, namely "name of spouse". That's too simple! "Decision makers", my eye.
Deadwood. Excellent but way too much f*cking swearing by every c*cks*cking member of the f*cking cast including the w*men. They go way overboard with the "authentic" salty language. But characterization-wise and versimilitude-wise, it's top notch-wise. I'm channelling Jack Lemmon. "That's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise."
Appaloosa. Quite respectable. I really liked that Costner/Duvall one, Open Range. Laconic Costner was great.
Glory Guys I do not know.
Good theory. Or Death Wish. Open season on humans in city parks. That theory bears scrutiny.
Maypo I have never tasted. Could we buy it here? I think I know it from US TV ads. I seem to remember F Troop had Ken Berry? and Larry Storch? but that didn't play here after the end of the '60's. Guys standing around inside a stockade yacking, but I remember no storylines. Loved that Iron Eyes ad, but where do the Farrellys spoof it? I hated DWW when it first appeared (sappy, bogus, patronizing) but I need to see it again. F Troop, eh? Seeing it again just stopped being a priority. For sure, the library's got it.
Varlaam (talk) 23:55, 24 January 2010 (UTC)
Sixty Minutes is about to start. I seem to remember that Oz had a local version of that when I was there.
Other recent Westerns. 3:10 to Yuma. Retarded. Original is much better. Seraphim Falls. Better, but still so-so. It's in the winter time so that makes for a change.
    • Oz still does have a '60 Minutes' but I haven't watched it for yonks; super tabloid TV. They even play music on the stories to enhance the mood like they did in Rhodesia but there they only had foreign news film so the newscaster would narrate like an old kiddie show host. I didn't think the new '3:10' was bad. The original prose is one of my fave short stories, but whilst it would make a dynamite half hour episode of 'Wanted: Dead or Alive' or 'Lawman' or a great one hour episode of 'Cheyenne' dragging it out that long needs a lot of changes. I must agree with Howard Hawks and John Wayne who made 'Rio Bravo' as a riposte (for some odd reason this weekend is FULL of JW movies) to '3:10' as if you were taking some prisoner in and he started giving you lip and you were in the middle of nowhere...Funny enough I'm more into Westerns now than when I was a kid, perhaps there's too few of them around...

I guess what I hate most about the Oz 60 Minutes is this total scumbag journo Richard Carleton was famous for setting people up and intruding big time. During a press conference he carked it and all his maaaaates covered the area with curtains so no other journos could film the pig meeting his maker, whilst if someone else died he'd be right there mouthing indignation when people would try and stop him...Foofbun (talk) 01:31, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

    • Your remarks on recalling 'Valdez is Coming' brought back memories of the film to me and though I'm a major Burt Lancaster fan I'm wondering how Susan Clark is doing and whether she's still active in Canada. You never know. Once in New Caledonia I was in a newsagent (Tabac) and some women's magazine had THE Francois Hardy doing their horoscopes!Foofbun (talk) 21:15, 25 January 2010 (UTC)
3:10 has the premise of the crook eventually going straight or at least straighter. That's plausible in the original; it just seemed ridiculous in the remake. Cast was great, but script/direction, ugh.
The US 60 Minutes is quite respectable across the board. The sleazier equivalent is called 20/20. The Canadian equivalents (which are older??) are W5 and The fifth estate.
Susan Clark was in her heyday then. She is never discussed now. Maybe she's just happily married and out of sight?? Doesn't turn out to the premieres in a Gautier??
That funny word tabac. To me it just means tobacco. It was my English girlfriend who said, in Paris, let's go to the tabac for a beer, confusing the hell out of me.
What's Nouvelle Caledonie like? Rebellious natives? Francoise Hardy and horoscopes? Weird. I see her recordings regularly here, where CD stores have a francophone section. Here we're only 4 hours on the highway from where French is commonly spoken. The eastern parts of Ontario. 5 hours to Montreal where you will encounter people who do not speak English. I always need to speak French sooner or later in Montreal.
Varlaam (talk) 23:06, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
They Came to Cordura. I spotted a copy of that in hardcover at the Salvation Army store last week. (I'm always looking for titles for the WP pages.) Is that a good novel?
    • In NC 'Tabac' is like a newsagent where you buy smokes and magazines. Thought it was a French thing that they didn't have low nicotine cigarettes or decaf coffee, you either smoked or you didn't, but I think it may be an EU thing.
    • Didn't see any beer available at the Tabac and I love their local lager 'No 1'.
    • No rebellious natives at all, I think they wiped them out a few years ago. Going though the place reminded me of Oz and the USA in the '60's; lots of smokestack industries that the French have set up and keep going to give the locals a middle class Fred Flintsone work ethic to keep their minds busy and their wives nagging for more. (like France subsidising agriculture to keep the farmers happy and the landscape looking nice) I think the coups in Fiji killed any idea of the place going independent as the Kanaks are less than 50% and the Viets and Algerians and others wouldn't want to live under Kanak rule.
    • I'm a big FH fan as a late friend always had her stuff on when I visited her. Recommended 'Tous les Garcons' to be played at her funeral but it wasn't done.
    • Thanks for the Susan Clark report, you never know where a lot of people are you think have fallen off the planet bur are doing something else.
    • Never read the book of Cordura, but I liked the action scene at the beginning (and the tie in song that I had on a Robert Horton Sings! album) and great cast (I wonder why James Darren wasn't in singing the song). Thought Dick York was injured in his jump from the walls but read it was due to something that happened on the railway car sequence when someone let go of their end of the handle. I read the author of the book was researching Medal of Honour citations in Southern France with the 3rd Inf Div in WWII so probably based a lot of his things on that. I interviewed an American paratrooper who was here for a V-J day or something event. He said there was one MoH awardee in his Regiment and he never attended any reunions as most of the people reckon he got the Medal for something he didn't do.Foofbun (talk) 01:12, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
Strongest cigs I ever smoked were in France. Celtiques. Black tobacco. I either abandoned or threw out the pack. Couldn't finish it. Harsher than Yugoslav.
I guess the overseas departments are all small enough that they can be subsidized relatively easily up to "Metropolitan" levels. We've got their islands here off Newfoundland, St Pierre & Miquelon.
Fiji was the oddest place when I was there in '87. Hindus selling T-shirts commemorating the coup which disenfranchised them. The French did an effective job of colonizing with colonials then.
FH I really do not know. French Canadians I know like French Canadian acts. The only exception I can think of is Francis Cabrel, whom I like too. I've never heard a francophone here rave about Gainsbourg, or Hallyday, or Brel, or any of those French cats. I once met a Brazilian who named her daughter after Mireille Mathieu however.
Right. That's the Dick York movie, poor guy.
MoH. The Yanks are pretty bad about the undeserved awards. When those f*ckers blew up our troops in Afghanistan, their response was to give the corpses a f*cking medal each. No apologies of course. They never apologize for nuthin.
The coolest US serviceman I ever met was in China. Older than me. I asked him if he'd ever been in Asia before. He said he had. Said he'd been in Korea. In 1950. In this totally casual, blasé way. I think he was curious to see whether those facts would produce a reaction all on their own, without saying them in a leading way. Naturally I reacted in the way he liked. Then he told me a weird story which I haven't been able to confirm in the past decade or so.
Another cool guy. Maybe I mentioned this guy before. Royal Navy Commando officer? Long flight back from Europe? Yes, no? Retired officer. In business. Living in the Balearics. We were talking at length. He liked me since I was pretty knowledgeable about UK politics for a Cdn my age. This would be 20+ years ago. On the cheek facing me he had this tiny vertical scar, small, maybe 5mm. Every time I turn to talk to him this scar is there. So near the end of the flight, I'm pretty chummy with him and the missus. So I asked. As tactfully as possible. He didn't mind the question, but he wasn't going to elaborate. His response was "Chinese knife. Korean War." 'Nuff said.
Varlaam (talk) 07:26, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
    • So what was this weird story you couldn't confirm?

Funny you mention the Korean War; just saw a great Korean Korean War film 'Brotherhood' on SBS. Had great battle scenes, the ROK's are really BIG on bayonet fights and do them so well (something missing from 'The Last of the Mohicans' where the Redcoats were as useless as the dog cops in the old Mighty Mouse cartoons). And the Chicoms come in HORDES!

Whilst in Fiji saw a ROK Vietnam war film 'Guns of Victory' where they showed the final reel of it with a bunch of trailers for a free show. Filmed at some ROK Army base, in the final reel the VC go slinking down their tunnels but the ROKs go after them. They turn into giant Batcave type things with the ROKs going to town with bayonets and rifle butts that set all the locals to cheering in Saturday Arvo matinee tradition.

At work I met this former Kiwi soldier who was carrying a Claymore bag. We got to chatting away as I well knew the bag and he was in during the Fiji coup. Claimed Great Britain wanted to go in but Lange of NZ was boasting that the Pacific was HIS turf and the Lange-Bonge-Bo wanted them to crash their C-130s on the beach. The Army overrode Lange and ignored his orders as due to all the UN committments the Fijians were probably the best armed and most experienced army in the region.

In NC all the video shops were mostly Hollywood action and Kung Fu films, French videos were only in bookshops or cheap shops. Bought a couple for friends as they play on the Oz PAL system (though only black and white I hear). The French 'Metros' as they call the public servents get their big reward by being posted to someplace like NC, Martinique, etc whilst all we get is Christmas Island.Foofbun (talk) 09:01, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

    • Missed your comments on 'F Troop'. That hunting in the park reminded me of the old The American Sportsman show, you could have Chuckles Bronson being taken by cops to pick off self propelled garbage through starlight scopes. Can't recall the name of that Farrelly Bros film but I was the only one in the cinema who cracked up when a carload of Red Indians came by and threw garbage at...Jim Carrey! Yup, it was that 'Me, Myself and Irene'.Foofbun (talk) 09:12, 27 January 2010 (UTC)


... is called Tae Guk Gi around these parts. I bought an unsubtitled Korean DVD of it years ago. I've checked one of the library's copies out from the Korean DVD section a dozen times, but so far I've only seen a bit of it, and that was on the tube at my sister's place in Mexico City, where it was broadcast one night.

Human wave though. Can't beat that. Although to a Torontonian thousands of charging Chinese simply means any weekend shopping day. But ours are friendly and enjoy a chat.

Weird story. Saving that for another day. 40% of my fingers are tired and the other 60% are in the kitchen brewing a cuppa.

Where in Fiji? Nadi? Suva? My favourite town is Ba. My ex-gf liked those small islands to the east of Suva. Only ROK Viet I've seen is on my page, White Badge. It's decent. I'm not seeing your Guns... at the IMDb. Can you provide the Hangul title on that please? I'll give ya 5 seconds to come up with that.

Yeah, Fijians are no slouches. They look tough even in sulus. But I thought Lange was a pacifist. I've never heard about UK opposition re Fiji. In spite of everything, they still respect the Queen there. I'm not buying it.

SECAM plays on PAL? Really? Christmas Island. Oh jolly. Where the gulls are your only friends?

I don't recall that aspect of American Sportsman. Here we also had the Red Fisher Show which has been spoofed twice, once as The Fishin' Musician on SCTV/Second City, and again as the Red Green Show.

Me Myself Irene. I haven't seen it. I am not a fan of local lad Carrey from Scarborough. I liked his darker stuff better, Cable Guy, Truman Show. I even liked Number 13 although few did apparently.

Weird story. You remember 1950. The US is plugging the line with anything they've got as they fall back to the Pusan perimeter. They're pulling cooks and bakers off occupation duty, shipping them across the Sea of Japan, throwing 'em into the line, and they're getting slaughtered.
This fellow is there. At that point, he is pulled OUT of Korea and sent to Germany. Why? Because higher-ups view Korea as a diversionary attack, with the real attack coming through the Fulda Gap, North German Plain, whatever. So he is part of a suicide detail which will be parachuted behind Soviet lines once the real campaign begins.
So, if you'd heard this story in a bar in Boston, you would say, "Yeah right. Bullshit."
But I'm hearing this on the bus to the Great Wall of China from a business traveller nothing about whom says "bullshit artist". And as I said, this all began with a very casual "Have you been to Asia before?" to which the response was "Korea 1950" when no attempt was made to shove a war story down my throat. 95+% of people would not react to Korea, 1950. So does he have a great yarn in his back pocket for the 5% who react?
But the guy's manner indicated he was the real deal.
So there you go. Seems implausible, I agree.
Why him? I forget; this is a decade ago. Did he have jump training which was rare? Anyway, at the time the story was coherent and held together.
Varlaam (talk) 00:22, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

    • I was in Suva and Nadi back in '81. Haven't been back since, just no reason to go. I read this book by a Rhodie who was in the Malayan Emergency with the RhAR and said when they went into a kampong all the locals disappeared in fright. He thought they'd never seen Afs before and wondered if they were afraid of them. He eventually found out they mistook his men for the Fijians who beating the daylights out of the locals.

It was quite a big deal when they arrested the Governor General; I'm sure no one thought they'd give him the death of the thousand cuts, just wasn't the thing to do. Apparently some of these polis act a lot differently than they let their minders show (heard some interesting stories from a former MP about Keating's real view of the new residents of his former electorate). Of course everytime two people in a neighbouring country do something the army is put on alert. 1 RAR was put on alert when China attacked North Vietnam like they'd fly in and say 'this must cease'. This bloke sounded fair dinkum.

Interesting story about the Korean thing. I'll say it's true in his own mind but in my opinion he could have been the platoon fuck up and that's what they told him as they didn't want him stuffing up his platoon. I've a theory that someone who made some headlines in Oz who died in Kosovo was like that.

On the other hand a friend of a friend was put in some special unit whilst the main part of the military was at war and they just trained and trained way away from the front to be used for some specop but the show was over so he felt like a real charlie; had he been regular infantry instead of supertrooper he would've got in on it.

Took the Mrs to St Vincents for tests that came out fine and saw Bob Hawke leaving the place. He always reminds me of one those alien brains in 'This Island Earth'

I'll have to look up that original title of the 'Guns of Victory' thing. Whilst in RSA Scope magazine had a still of an upcoming film called 'The Wild Geese Attack Again' that I could never find out about until a few years ago tracked down the still was from 'The Red Berets' an Italian merc film where all the action scenes were reused in 'Skin 'Em Alive' (both the Australian titles of the videos I have). I've an RSA War film called 'Mercenary Commando' I can't find the original Boerwors title to...Foofbun (talk) 08:49, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Cisco Kid[edit]

Do you have a source for your addition that Cinecolor was the color process used to film the TV series The Cisco Kid? — Walloon (talk) 10:03, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

August 2010[edit]

New MP[edit]

On the other hand, both your fellow and ours as well appear to have suffered a lot of bigotry over the years from neighbours who were somehow aware of their ancestry and wouldn't let them forget it.
Varlaam (talk) 22:41, 29 August 2010 (UTC)

Funny, I've just doing a report on some bigotry at the moment....Foofbun (talk) 23:33, 29 August 2010 (UTC)

Wonder Nine[edit]

Hello. You recently added a citation to a book from the "Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases" series published by Icon Group International to this article. Unfortunately, Icon Group International is not a reliable source - their books are computer-generated, with most of the text copied from Wikipedia (most entries have [WP] by them to indicate this, see e.g. [1]).

I've only removed the reference, not the text it was referencing. A lot of similar references have been removed as they are circular references; many other editors have also been duped by these sources. Despite giving an appearance of reliability, the name "Webster's" has been public domain since the late 19th century. Another publisher to be wary of as they reuse Wikipedia articles is Alphascript Publishing. Fences&Windows 22:38, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

  • Thanks. You learn something new every day!Foofbun (talk) 22:43, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit]

Don't get sunstroke and have a Happy New Year. Varlaam (talk) 02:18, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

Thank you! And don't you get snowstroke. Missed the start of the Sydney Hobart due to the rains we have every few days, but the rest of the time is textbook summer!Foofbun (talk) 02:55, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

Sydney Hobart, eh? I reckon you're gonna hafta provide a link for clarification.
I was in the hospital emergency recently. (For the usual: brain transplant.) (I have no recollection whether Oz says Emergency or Trauma.)
Male nurse has an interesting accent. I can hear him talking to the cute nurse from where I'm sitting. England. But from where? Then I'm not sure whether it's English or not. Maybe Oz, but not really. South African? No.
Coincidentally, he is the one who then gets to perform his diabolical medical procedures on me.
So I ask him where he's from. He wants me to guess.
So I run down my list. "No." "No." "No."
"I give up."
He's Tasmanian. I never met one down there so I never heard the accent.
That's as odd as the time I met an Orcadian (from the Orkneys) here whilst waiting for a bus.
I actually dropped by to announce that I picked up a can of Victoria Bitter yesterday at the LCBO.
First time I have seen it at the liquor store since I got back from NSW in 1988.
Cheers, Dave
  • The annual Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race is on Boxing Day. Though I'm not interested in boats whatsoever, I found out when I strung my usual jungle net hammock between a couple trees on a cliff overlooking Balmoral Beach I had a splendid view of them coming out of the heads then went back to reading cooled by the breezes that came up the cliff.

Fancy that! A Tasmanian. Actually whilst you mention that it's odd that in NSW the media always talk of 'Victorians', 'Queenslanders' etc but none of them ever talk of 'New South Welshmen'. Friends who used to run a charming cottage in Battery Point where we used to stay (now we stay in a hotel across the street from it and next door to their home) are originally from Sydney and say most Tasmanians are like Scandanavians (and maybe Canadians?) who have a cottage somewhere in the woods on a lake where they spend their holidays. At first I asked whether 'Hobart International Airport' was a joke but they had one flight a week (since ceased) that went to Christchurch NZ. My father in law had his flying training in Ottawa during the War (Empire Flight Training Scheme) and I asked where they flew in Ottawa. He said the normal airport as back in the 40's they only had one passenger flight a week.

Have you seen 'The King's Speech'? Rather fine film though the pedants are saying the real first speech he did well was the opening of Australian Parliament in 1927 I think.

Hope the operation isn't serious.Foofbun (talk) 20:25, 5 January 2011 (UTC)


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Unauthorized Tarzan films[edit]

Hi, I've enjoyed your recent edits to the Tarzan films page describing several unauthorized Tarzan films. But I don't really think they fit in the section called "The franchise after Weissmuller" as they are not authorized productions. Why don't you create a new section on the page and call it "Unauthorized Tarzan Films" or something like that and detail the various unlicensed productions there? I think it would be a great addition to the page.  ? Sincerely Sir Rhosis (talk) 01:09, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

WikiProject Film Invitation[edit]

Thank you for your recent contributions to one of Wikipedia's film-related articles. Given the interest you've expressed by your edits, have you considered joining WikiProject Film? We are a group of editors dedicated to improving the overall quality of Wikipedia's film-related content. If you would like to join, simply add your name to the list of participants. We also have a number of regional and topical task forces that you may be interested in joining as well.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask at the project talk page. We look forward to working with you in the future! Erik (talk | contribs) 01:21, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

What happened to my Manly Man Award?[edit]

Have I been stripped? I was proud of that award! What's going on?Foofbun (talk) 20:31, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

{{help me}}[edit]

How do you edit Navboxes? I made a goof on a Mattel one and would like to get it back to normalFoofbun (talk) 04:24, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

It's fixed. You somehow added in an extra set of curly braces. See here.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 05:43, 27 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Thanks a million Fuhg. I noticed the Universal Monster one was stuffed too but some Good Samaritan fixed it.Foofbun (talk) 05:47, 27 June 2011 (UTC)


Creating an article with an {{hangon}} tag, as you did with Bryanston Films (UK) actually places the article into CAT:CSD and invites the attention of deletionists. I have moved it to User:Foofbun/sandbox. Please work on it there until notability is demonstarted. — RHaworth (talk · contribs) 10:00, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

July 2011[edit]

Thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia. Before saving your changes to an article, please provide an edit summary, which you forgot to do before saving your recent edit to Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim. Doing so helps everyone understand the intention of your edit (and prevents legitimate edits from being mistaken for vandalism). It is also helpful to users reading the edit history of the page. Thank you. Cognate247 (talk) 19:31, 26 July 2011 (UTC)


Howdy there FB,

A trio of housekeeping requests.

1_) When adding references can you add the page number?

2_) Also, can you use the "name=" command? Using "name=" saves repeating the same information. If citing the same publication all you need is author (s) and page (s). If you cite the same author, but two different works, you can just use year (s). If the author (s) have two different works in the same year you can either use title or abbreviated title.

  • Your entry example:
  1. . ^ Furmanek, Bob and Ron Palumbo (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0
  2. . ^ Furmanek, Bob and Ron Palumbo (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0
  3. . ^ p.36 Furmanek, Bob & Palumbo, Ron Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Perigee Books, 1991
  4. . ^ p.105 Hemming, Roy The Melody Lingers on: The Great Songwriters and Their Movie Musicals Newmarket Press, 1999
  5. . ^ Furmanek, Bob and Ron Palumbo (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0
  6. . ^ Furmanek, Bob and Ron Palumbo (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0
  • My example:
  1. ^ a b c d Furmanek, Bob; & Ron Palumbo (1991), Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, New York: Perigee Books, ISBN 978-0399516054
  2. ^ Furmanek & Palumbo, p. 36
  3. ^ Hemming, Roy (1999), The Melody Lingers On: The Great Songwriters and Their Movie Musicals, Newmarket Press, p. 105, ISBN 978-1557043801

3_) Can you use the {{citation }} (Template:Citation) command?

For more information, see:

Thank you, happy referencing. (talk) 19:31, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Macquarie Place[edit]

Hi Foofbun. I removed your added external link for Macquarie Place because it was actually already in the list, and have clarified its name in the list. --Wikiain (talk) 06:58, 19 September 2011 (UTC)


Recently you made an edit at the article, removing some bad reference to Chang Kai-shek. It seems to have been an edit I made, except I made no such edit but it bears my username. Any ideas about this? I'm grateful for your sharp eye, but I made no such edit about Chang Kai-shek wearing a trilby in the first place and can't tell who did it. Djathinkimacowboy 07:59, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

  • As it's been raining quite a bit here I wore my usual black trilby to work and for some reason looked at the article. I found the Chiang bit (I can well believe he wore one when not in uniform) seemed to run into a bit on Sinatra (I should add the reference to the fact that Mr S wore that particular hat as it was the same one he wore for the film of 'Pal Joey') so I placed it as a separate item. Didn't seem derogatory to me but I didn't pay all that much attention.Foofbun (talk) 08:33, 24 November 2011 (UTC)
Sorry, no need to worry about this. It's just I see someone keeps (or at least kept) adding that information regarding Frank Sinatra and Chang Kai-shek. I am not doing that, but the edits seem to be signed with my username. Don't know what is happening, but I'm taking steps. Please forgive my intrusion. I have a feeling I know the editor who is responsible. Djathinkimacowboy 08:48, 24 November 2011 (UTC)
    • This is scary, can people make vandalism edits and sign someone else's name?Foofbun (talk) 08:51, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

7 Indep Coy[edit]

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Rolled back and warned IP user. Will block again for a longer period of they mess the page up again. Deryck C. 20:08, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Block issued. Deryck C. 22:23, 25 February 2012 (UTC)
You're welcome. Just happened to be sitting in front of the computer. Deryck C. 00:06, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

George Lazenby[edit]

Hi. Please do not add material to articles that is not supported by the cited source, as you did with these edits to George Lazenby. The Goulburn Post story you added was already cited in that passage, and it makes no mention of the Australian Army, nor does it say he went to England in 1964. It does say he came to London in 1963.

As for Bawiseconsulting's Blog, sites with user-generated content such as personal blogs of uncredentialed persons who are not considered authorities in the field cannot be used as sources under Wikipedia:USERG. Thank you. Nightscream (talk) 02:52, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

Thanks. Sorry I missed that passage. Nightscream (talk) 07:16, 11 March 2012 (UTC)
  • No worries Nightscream, I'm proud of Wikipedia that they have people on the ball! I always liked the way he handled the M-60 in Universal Soldier. Foofbun (talk) 08:44, 11 March 2012 (UTC)


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thanks for creating Maciste alla corte del Gran Khan and for your work on cinema articles! Cavarrone (talk) 20:17, 11 March 2012 (UTC)



Thanks for your recent contributions! (talk) 18:31, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you[edit]

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In recognition of all the work you’ve done lately! (talk) 20:18, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

Wow! Thanks a million!!![edit]


I don't think I understand what's so disruptive about the latest IP edits: there seems to be some sort of edit war. Since the disputed text this time is actually unsourced, at this frequency of edits I'm not sure whether endorsing a particular version by protection is the right thing to do this time. Deryck C. 19:43, 14 April 2012 (UTC)

Yes I understand, however I'm really unwilling to use protection to keep a piece of unreferenced text on an article. There are admins who will actually endorse the removal of any unreferenced and disputed text (see WP:BURDEN). I've left a warning message at the IP user's talk page, and will consider blocking them if they remove the text repeatedly without responding to discussion; however protection is out of the question given the current state of affairs. Deryck C. 16:01, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
    • I see your point, though it's hard to reference film articles as all you can do is reference the film itself in most cases. I would like to see the article become registered users only to stimulate discussion and have parties abide by the rules.Foofbun (talk) 21:28, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

An award for you[edit]

A Barnstar!
Golden Wiki Award

You are among the top 5% of most active Wikipedians this past month! (talk) 20:07, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
  • Wow, thanks a million! I guess everyone's on holidays.Foofbun (talk) 21:17, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

Fettuccine Alfredo[edit]

Hi. I left a note at Talk:Fettuccine Alfredo#Quotes section regarding the "Quotes" section. --MZMcBride (talk) 22:22, 27 May 2012 (UTC)

China Sky (film)[edit]

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Bye-the-bye, check out The Mountain Road now. FWiW Bzuk (talk) 03:16, 11 June 2012 (UTC).

    • Well done!!!! You're truly a credit to Wikipedia! I guess Columbia may've been inspired by Never So Few in producing it. I'm trying to find a reference for Stewart choosing the film as it was "anti-war" (a catch phrase I've seen for everything from The Dirty Dozen to Kelly's HeroesFoofbun (talk) 04:04, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

DYK for China Sky (film)[edit]

Graeme Bartlett (talk) 08:03, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

  • Thanks Graeme, but I certainly did not write that about Randolph Scott. To tell the truth he probably may have been disappointed with most films he did.Foofbun (talk) 11:30, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

Holiday time[edit]

I'm off overseas for 4 months until late October.Foofbun (talk) 01:16, 13 June 2012 (UTC)

Have a good time! :) Cliftonian (talk) 01:17, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Thank you! Gosh that was quick!Foofbun (talk) 01:24, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
  • I'm back oon boardFoofbun (talk) 21:28, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Thank you sir, heard you did some time with the IDF. Foofbun (talk) 09:53, 26 October 2012 (UTC)
  • I still am; just getting started, there's a long way to go yet. Cliftonian (talk) 10:34, 26 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Do what they tell you when they tell you and don't think about it (people who think and care go mad) until later. Foofbun (talk) 21:26, 26 October 2012 (UTC)
  • I'm doing exactly that and they seem very happy with me so far. Cliftonian (talk) 04:51, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Well done! Don't get over confident though. Foofbun (talk) 11:28, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
  • I've been trying my best and I'll carry on doing that. Cliftonian (talk) 11:53, 27 October 2012 (UTC)

DYK for The Mountain Road[edit]

 — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:03, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

Citing sources[edit]

Hi, thanks for your work on the encyclopedia!

Please don't paste other links straight into the text of articles as you did here. Have a look at WP:CHEAT for a quick guide to formatting links, and WP:CITE for more detailed advice about citations.

Also, other wikis are generally not considered reliable sources.

That edit does seem to be out of character; sorry if I'm overreacting to your kid brother using your account! Face-smile.svgFayenatic London 17:25, 20 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Thanks for your help on this one. Not having access to good Canadian reference material the blog was all I could find, and hopefully my slack would encourage someone to do the subject proper justice. Good to know bright people are reading. I'm on a Continental Holiday for a few months so killing time waiting for the Mrs.Foofbun (talk) 05:54, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

Season's tidings![edit]

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To you and yours, Have a Merry ______ (fill in the blank) and Happy New Year! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 01:33, 22 December 2012 (UTC)

Cinema of X templates[edit]

I noticed that you started to add "Cinema of _____" templates to film articles. This goes against a recent consensus at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Film/Archive 41#National cinema navigation templates in that the templates go against what navigational templates are meant for. WP:MOSFILM under Wikipedia:MOSFILM#Navigation states "Articles should be substantially related to the subject of the navigation template." WP:NAVBOX under Wikipedia:NAVBOX#Navigation_templates states "Finally every article that transcludes a given navbox should normally also be included as a link in the navbox so that the navigation is bidirectional." These articles are now the only film/actor articles that use the Cinema of Australia, France, Germany, Italy and South Africa. As such, I am going to revert your template additions.

A couple of other things I noticed about your editing is that you should read through Help:Minor edit because adding a template is not a minor edit. Also it would help, if you started using Help:Edit summary, so other editors know why you made your edits. Aspects (talk) 23:06, 23 December 2012 (UTC)

  • I strongly disagree (consensus seems to be amongs people who participate in talk pages rather than doing articles.) I find it useful as 1)An end reminder of which nation made the film and 2)the reader of the article quidckly has the power to look at the template to see the genres, the director or stars and the numbers of films made by that nation in that year. It is no major trouble, takes up little room and it is up to each reader to decide whether he or she will look at it. Why else would a "Cinema of X" be made by Wikipedia?

According to Wikipedia A check to the minor edit box signifies that only superficial differences exist between the current and previous versions. Examples include typographical corrections, formatting and presentational changes, and rearrangements of text without modification of its content. A minor edit is one that the editor believes requires no review and could never be the subject of a dispute. Foofbun (talk) 05:26, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

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Kingsley Amis[edit]

I reverted your claim that "Amis said that he had been asked to provide a screenplay for a Bond film by the producers but it was rejected in December 1965." You cite page 537 of Zachary Leader's book "The Life of Kingsley Amis". I no longer have this book before me but based on my recollection, this refers either to the rejected script he did of Fleming's The Diamond Smugglers for producer George Willoughby, and NOT Eon productions, or his attempted adaptation of his own novel I Want it Now, which, once again, he did for other producers.

If possible, can you please quote the passage in question from Leader's book here on your talk page? Thanks. - Fanthrillers (talk) 20:54, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

Happy New Year,
I don't own the book, but I'll endeavour to get the exact quote for you and see if it will fit into the article.
I'm fairly sure it was a Bond film though it doesn't specifically state YOLT. According to his autobio, Richard Todd was working on producing a version of Fleming's The Diamond Smugglers but though he had the rights he ran into all sorts of problems (he doesn't specifically say so but methinks it was problmes with litigation happy Eon), so it's news to me that Amis would have done a screenplay for that project.
It sounds logical that Amis was approached to submit a screenplay for YOLT (my crank theory is that Maibaum was "unavailable" as his screenplay for OHMSS wasn't going to be produced) as he was in the media as a Bond defender at the time. In something I read years ago Dahl or someone high in Eon commented on one of the previous screenplays for YOLT that had Ninjas running wild in Japan. As HJ Bloom didn't mention that I'm wondering if that was from Amis' rejected screenplay. Don't forget that Anthony Burgess was approached and submitted an unused screenplay for TSWLM.Foofbun (talk) 22:20, 30 December 2012 (UTC)
The book wasn't in its usual place. I'll endeavour when I have time to search some of our libraries. Again, I am very sure the author specified "Bond film".Foofbun (talk) 23:43, 30 December 2012 (UTC)
If you like we can keep the conversation together on your page. Spy author Jeremy Duns did an article about the unmaking of The Diamond Smugglers. Here are the scans. He further discusses it here. Wikipedia's The Diamond Smugglers article incorporates some of Duns's research. Numerous reliable sources including Duns mention Amis's involvement in the project. Amis's own published "letters" mention the miserable time he had working on the project. His own work was of course rejected around the same time you cited: i.e. December 1965. Duns's article mentions the many troubles Todd ran into with the project, none of them related to Eon. It's far from logical that Eon would approach Amis to script You Only Live Twice for them. With all due respect this also constitutes "crank theory". I'm not sure where you get your Maibaum's rejected OHMSS script contention from but he didn't start work on that until after the producers hired Dahl to do You Only Live Twice. Maibaum was apparently working on a treatment for Diamonds are Forever around the time Dahl worked on Twice. I believe Adrien Turner's book on the film Goldfinger was the source of that information. I'm aware that Burgess submitted a rejected script for The Spy Who Loved Me. - Fanthrillers (talk) 15:22, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
    • Happy New Year Fan. Made it to bed at 0100, managed to overcome the noise of the night people and drift off at 0200, but at 0815 the day people started with their chainsaw!

Thank you VERY much for the information on The Diamond Smugglers. Sadly I could not enlarge the scans or can not figure out how to do so at this time and I'm unable to access the information on the Commander Bond page. I suppose I am not savvy with my computer to yet do the former but will keep on trying. Once I find out more information I will be more than happy to continue this fruiful discussion on this page.
I will make it a top priority to quote the exact line (which it was) but as it has vanished from the bookseller I shall hit our libraries or other places. Again I am sure it was a Bond property for Eon, not an Ian Fleming Property for Rank or anyone else. I am honest enough to say "crank theory" as it's something I would only ponder amongst friends and acquaintances. I've been a Bond fan since seeing the films on the first release and after John Brosnan's James Bond in the Cinema in the early 70s became seriously intersted in not only the Bond series but cinema as a whole. It began my study of what I call "film archeology"; how a film was actually made through research of autobiographies, biographies, and in depth interviews rather than "film theory" that to me is like seeing shapes in clouds.
I disagree that it would be "far from logical" that Eon would have approached Mr. Amis. At the time lots of the leftie literati and film critics were ripping into the films and Eon could have wanted some literary merit on a screenplay. I don't deny he could well have been working on a treatment of The Diamond Smugglers as well. YOLT had a mixture of new crew with brilliant records (Gilbert, Frederick Young, and initially Thelma Connell was to be the editor) as well as "The Old Guard" in the making of the film to keep the series new and alive. Maibaum has never specifically stated in any interview since I began researching many long years ago of why he was "unavailable". (Desmond Llewellyn also kept stating he was "unavailable" for LALD but rarely specifically mentioned why; I've a crank theory or two on that as well.) As you well know announcements were made in 1964 that OHMSS would follow Goldfinger until the producers cut a deal with Mr. McClory in September 1964 (in South Africa I actually saw a print of G that had the black lines over which film would be next in the series that I heard was one of the original UK release prints). Meaning Maibaum no doubt had a script ready or almost ready for 1965 production.
I'm sure in your research you have probably come across several well known screenwriters or writers in a different field who have been approached by Eon to submit a Bond property. I am sure that one of the condiditons was that Eon has all rights to it and may use bright ideas from the rejected piece in other screenplays. David Warbeck stated in interviews when he was one of their potential Bonds he could not ever mention it to anyone. Shortly after I read the book or fanzine with that interview he died!
It didn't take much to upset or irritate Broccoli and/or Saltzman and you'd be off for awhile. (Maurice Binder didn't directly say but implied why he was not on FRWL or G in a several part interview that appeared in Starlog magazine) I'm sure you know about the pressure B&S put on the NBC network and the producers of The Man from UNCLE TV series when they originally wanted to call it Ian Fleming's Solo. The producers also stopped Fleming from giving any more ideas to the series as they wanted Mr. Fleming's name for themselves
Thank you again for that information. Robert Parrish didn't mention anything in either of his entertaining and informative autobiographies, but I'm sure he either doesn't recall everything or a judicious editor would suggest he remove anything about his involvement with the project if he irritated the powerful Eon. I read, I believe in one of the serious fan works that Mr. Broccoli had a black smoking jacket that had embroidered in gold thread the initials of everyone he successfully sued; the same source said when his solicitor was at his funeral the solicitor wore it.Foofbun (talk) 22:19, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

    • Just located the book (a paperback version so the page numbering was much different). The exact line is Bond by Fleming so based on the evidence you sent (still unable to read the full scans but Googled elsewhere to get the gist) it could well have been The Diamond Smugglers (though for my previous thinking I couldn't rule a discarded screenplay for YOLT fully out) that seems the most logical theory so I have removed the line from the YOLT article.

Mr Amis remarks that he received no reply from the producers on the screenplay and thought they were unimpressed. Years ago I read a bit of an interview with Mr Amis where he said he was asked whether his Colonel Sun (I quite liked the book) was based on an idea by Mr Fleming. He said no, not at all but he was flattered that his readers thought that.
Thank you very much for your courteous communication on this issue. It is highly refreshing to know that there are intelligent, well read and kind people about who can provide convincing evidence in disputed points and make Wikipedia a quality publication. It was nice "meeting" you; my sincere best wishes and if you are JD, best wishes on your further writing.Foofbun (talk) 03:07, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

I can't resist adding that as of December 1965 the producers still intended to film OHMSS next. It was only in 1966 that they decided that it would be nothing more than Thunderball on skis and so chose You Only Live Twice instead. Steven Jay Rubin and Raymond Benson have written about this. Further, in a letter to Theo Richmond dated 20 December 1965, Amis writes "I have been having a rather horrible time writing a story outline for one George Willoughby. Based on an original Fleming idea. Willoughby and the script-writer change everything as I come up with it. I gave W. the completed outline five days ago and he has been too shocked and horrified and despairing to say a word since. However, he has already paid me. (Not much.)" So clearly this refers to the producer who had nothing to say to him. - Fanthrillers (talk) 00:34, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Thanks for that Fan! I always thought the biggest tragedy of the series was that Connery, Bardot and Peter Hunt didn't make OHMSS for a Dec 66 release that would've extended the wild mid 60s popularity of the series and kept Connery to his original one film a year for six years Eon contract. They could've done the film in the New Zealand Alps and Queenstown during the Northern summer and been entitled to their lucrative Eady Levy subsidies if they did!Foofbun (talk) 00:54, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

Killer toys[edit]

Hello, I saw that you commented on Talk:Killer toys about the article's status. If you look at the header template at Killer toys, you can click "This article's entry" to find an active discussion about whether or not the article should be deleted. Here is the direct link, though: Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Killer toys. You may also be interested in reading Wikipedia's page about AfDs here: Wikipedia:Articles for deletion. Erik (talk | contribs) 14:11, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

  • Thank you Erik! You learn something new every day! I think it's the start of a fine article on a worthy genre.Foofbun (talk) 22:15, 8 January 2013 (UTC)
    Glad to be of help! :) If you have any questions about Wikipedia or films (my specialty on here), feel free to message me on my user talk page. Erik (talk | contribs) 12:55, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

003 1/2[edit]

re: Your edit here. Do you know what page of the John Brosnan book claims that Saltzman announced a 003 1/2 series? I can't find it doing a "google books" electronic search. I ask because I found an incomplete New York Times article about this online; claims Broccoli and Saltzman were discussing story ideas with several screenwriters in London... and then the article cuts out. I want to know how this compares to the Brosnan claim. Thanks. - Fantr (talk) 21:40, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

  • Now this is a book that I actually have on my bookshelf at home rather than somewhere in the swamp of storage! I'll get back to you on this tonight. The version of James Bond in the Cinema I have is one of the original printings (with the awful cover and ending with DAF, I know he did a later version with the Roger Moore films). It is about the last line of the Offshoots of Bond chapter.Foofbun (talk) 22:17, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time! If possible, will you please quote the line in question here on your talk page? Thanks! - Fantr (talk) 01:36, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
  • No worries Fan! It will be awhile as I'm not at home and I've got range night tonight, so after my piece is cleaned and wifey feeds me I'll get straight on it!Foofbun (talk) 01:45, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
    • But there was a rumour in 1966 that Harry Saltzman planned to produce a children's TV show about a young boy who is pitted each week against SPECTRE. Happily, nothing ever came of it - p.164 Brosnan, Tantivy Press 1972.
      The book is pretty well researched and due to the official photos provided undoubtedly the producer's approved version of events. Found it interesting when discussing The Man from UNCLE there are three dots which may indicate some things about Fleming were excised from the final manuscript.Foofbun (talk) 05:43, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Johanna Harwood[edit]

You added the Cinema Retro's "Movie Classics" Johanna Harwood interview citation to Dr. No. No complaints there. I've begun a wikipedia article about Harwood. I assume you have the article. Does the interview mention what became of her after 1967, or provide further information that can be used to flesh out the wikipedia article? Thanks. - Fantr (talk) 20:41, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

  • Great minds think alike Fan. I've been searching for more on Harwood and I can't even find her birthday. I've just read the Wikipedia article (you wrote?) on Johanna. That 'Dr No' Cinema Retro special is a must for that article-

1) Harwood WAS the author of Some Are Born Great, the issue republished the story with original artwork
2) Harwood claims to have written several synposes for screenplays from novels Saltzman was interested in, including brief ones of all the Bond novels (probably not CR or 'Moonraker' but who knows)
3) Harwood claims her screenplays stuck as close as possible to Fleming's original novels and thinks Terence Young is not the most truthful person in the world (same 'Dr No' issue has a fascinating interview with Margeret LeWars who said Terence tried to do the nasty on her). Also made a great point that made me think the reason Monica Van Der Zyl (actually corresponded with her for a bit, she is very nice) dubbed so many voices in the Bond films is that the producers thought why bother flying actresses/actors from location scenes to London to dub their lines when people can do it there so cheaply.
4) Harwood later married Rene Clement
5) She translated The Goddess Queen
6) I strongly believe another reason her name remains on the Call Me Bwana (in the article she had no memories of it) and FRWL screenplay (she left screenwriting after Terence's constant abuse and rewriting on her work) is that in order to qualify for Eady Levy funds the "creator" which to them meant the screenwriter had to be British so until about 1967 you either had a British writer assigned with an American or foreign screenwriter or you had one credited whether they contributed or not (as Truffaut claimed on his Fahrenheit 451 film)
7) After reading so much on the Bond films I tend to believe her over Terence Young
By chance I happened to get a free Taschen magazine publicising their upcoming books, one story was about their James Bond Archives. Printed lots of Dr No that answered a question I've always had, why did Maibaum do a 1961 Thunderball (Connery claimed that was the one he was supposed to do first) when Mankowicz claimed he was allowed to do the screenplay for DN as a reward for introducing Broccoli (who still wanted to do Bond films but didn't know who had the rights) to Saltzman (who then owned the rights as an antidote to his kitchen stink films that he felt had become passe). UA's David Picker claimed that (and the 'Dr No' Retro confirms this) the controversy over McClory's ownership didn't make UA reject 'Thunderball' as the first, only that UA knew Eon couldn't do it for one million (original Bond idea was six films, one a year at a million US$ each). Guess Manko came on board after UA specified TB was off
8) Don't forget besides having Dr No as Buchfeld's monkey, Manko's plot involved a ship blowing up the locks of the Panama Canal, Broccoli wanted them to go back to Fleming which leads into Harwood rewriting their screenplay.
Thanks for your wonderful courtesy and your efforts on making Wikipedia a quality publication.Foofbun (talk) 22:37, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

    • "Harwood spent the next 20 years working for the Readers Digest in Paris condensing French novels"

"Harwood didn't visit the set or location during principal photography [of Dr No]. She recalls 'I was in Paris writing From Russia with Love by the time they were shooting it"
Harwood claims she completed her first draft of DN before Saltzman went to the US to seal the deal and said "So now he's got money to throw away, he comes back and decides to have the whole thing rewritten" She claims she only met Maibaum in passing, said after Manko and Maibaum did the monkey and got chewed out where Manko quit Terence Young decided to rewrite it by copying paragraphs out of the book even if it wasn't cinematic. Saltzman told Harwood it was no good and had her rewrite it. Then Berkely Mather came in at Fleming's suggestion and JH claims Saltzman wasn't impressed with it saying everyone was talking like Chicago hit men. Saltzman had her rewrite it, she claims Mather when he agreed to redo the dialogue said he didn't want his name on it until his agent saw the preview of the film that he rang him up and Mather changed his mind.Foofbun (talk) 07:54, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Many thanks for your contributions.
1) Thanks also for cleaning up the "repetitions". I noticed them later that evening but didn't have the time to correct them.
2) Many thanks to you (and Cinema Retro!) for confirming Harwood's authorship of that 1959 Bond story. Now we can remove Helfenstein from the article as he was at best, under the circumstances, a weak reference. I'm not sure we should link to the short story as this is a possible copyright violation. It's not clear who has copyright on the story: Nursery World, who first published it, or Harwood. Regardless it's still copyright protected and wikipedia frowns on linking to copyrighted material. On the other hand, if Cinema Retro re-published it, there's a fairly good chance the author doesn't care if we link to the story. Will think about it and ask SchroCat's opinion. BTW, does the Cinema Retro issue add a courtesy credit a la "reprinted with permission of _____"? If so, please post the details here. Also, does Harwood explain why and how she came to write the story? This is crucial information. If she discusses it please post here.
3) re: Terence Young's lack of honesty. This comes as no surprise. Young once claimed that Ian Fleming committed suicide by drowning himself. He also claims that the producers were going to hold Goldfinger back and that Young re-edited the film so that Bond wasn't captured so early in the film. Which is impossible once anyone's seen the film. Someone once said that Young was a fantastic raconteur but not good at sticking to the facts. I agree.
4) No matter what our future editing interactions hold, I will always be grateful to you for mentioning that she married Rene Clement. Wonder what happened to her friendship with Saltzman after Clement quit (or was fired from) Saltzman's film Play Dirty.
5) I'm aware that she translated Vidal's novel(s). I already mentioned that in the article.
6) "Kitchen sink", not "kitchen stink". Or perhaps you meant to write stink. Regardless, it's an amusing and thought-provoking typo.
7) Interesting about the Panama Canal locks story idea. Oddly Fleming himself initially intended to set The Man with the Golden Gun in Panama precisely because of the locks which would play some part in the plot, but ill-health intervened, he wasn't well enough to travel so relied on his old friend Jamaica.
8) I'm going to add the further gems you've got here to the article. - Fantr (talk) 19:16, 19 February 2013 (UTC)
    • Hi Fan,

1)"Johanna's short story that appeared in Nursery World, 3rd Septemebr, 1959 (reproduced with permission)"
With the reprint with original illustration under the title Johanna writes (With apologies to Ian Fleming) JH says "
Nursery World sent a copy to Ian Fleming. He wrote them a letter back, a very nice little letter, which said 'A delicious poke at James Bond' I don't think he ever knew it was me. It just sort of amused me - the way he writes - it was something that flashed through my mind and I thought that would be fun.' She signed off the story J.M Harwood. ' I used J.M because we were still in the days when women writers didn't necessarily want to appear as woman writers"

2)Sad how Mr Young is a pathological bullshitter. Heard one source say he left the Bond films as he was unhappy people were seeing a James Bond film rather than a Terence Young film. Much as I like him some of his work (can't count the rapid DN is sloppy, shame in FRWL they didn't reshoot Grant killing another Soviet Agent in the mosque as the deleted scene with the car chase sounds so wonderful and Bondish) is sloppy and not polished. In his autobio Sam Fuller talks about confronting Terence over his stuffing up of his 'The Klansman' and he won Fuller over by saying he just did it for the money.

3)The Kitchen Stink film is my least fave genre, love the Monty Python parody though I do love the Ami ones like 'Marty'. It was intentional. (like I say 'Turd World')

4)Never knew that about TMWTGG and Panama

5) I think everyone hated Harry, was sad Sean couldn't get his autobio published as Guy Hamilton related a wild story how Harry tried to rip him off of 500 pounds after he signed the initial Bond contract.

6) Always wonder whether Terence was meant to direct the OSS 117 film he wrote.

Keep up the great work and communicationFoofbun (talk) 20:34, 19 February 2013 (UTC) P.S. If you know something about Rene Clement; in his autobiography Ken Annakin claims that he replaced a couple French directors on The Longest Day doing the French scenes as none of them could work with Zanuck's Irina Demick. Do you know if RC was one of them?Foofbun (talk) 22:06, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

Toadstool, 1966 Harvard Lampoon JB parody[edit]

Do you have a copy of the above title? It appears in their Playboy magazine parody entitled Pl*yb*y. I'm doing a wikipedia article about the Lampoon's 1962 Bond novel Alligator. I've unearthed many previously forgotten gems about the novel, but little has been written about the short story. If you don't have a copy, do you have any connections in the fan community who do own a copy? Thanks. - Fantr (talk) 01:45, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

  • I'm afraid I don't. By chance I just was in a book store that had a Mort Drucker book of his best work from Mad and they had his great 1965 007-A Musical.Foofbun (talk) 02:08, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Corruption of the Arnaldo Putzu article on 17 February 2013[edit]

Hi Foofbun, On 17 February you intended to fix a disambiguation in the Arnaldo Putzu article, but unfortunately you managed to replace all "[", "]", "(", ")", full stops - and even a few "M" at the bottom - with "#" at the same time, as can be seen here: Arnaldo Putzu: Difference between revisions.

I could fix it, but as you may have unintentionally done the same to some other articles as well, I thought I'd better to leave it for you to sort out. It looks as if you used some boot or other replacement tool. Cheers! Thomas Blomberg (talk) 15:09, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

  • How the #@%! did THAT happen? Thanks for telling me. I've fixed it up, don't be shy about letting me know if it happens elsewhere and I'll correct that too.Foofbun (talk) 22:32, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

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Hi,Foofbun. I agree that "White Widow" is a legitimate search term for that individual. However, the descriptive usage of the word "terrorist" should be be used with extreme caution and should not be used while any doubt exists. Its usage here must follow the guideline at WP:BLP. Therefore your redirect was moved to White Widow (suspect), which allows the term to appear in word searches just as easily and makes the other redirect unnecessary. If there is a better description which maintains our neutrality than I am open to any suggestions, but I ask you to please refrain from recreating any redirect with the word terrorist for this person at this time. Thanks. CactusWriter (talk) 01:31, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
  • Thanks very much for the courteous explanation and the sensible "suspect" suggestion. Well done.Foofbun (talk) 09:26, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
(ec) Hi Foofbun. As CactusWriter has kindly explained, describing someone as a terrorist before sources or a conviction or whatever is a BLP issue. As an experienced editor, I thought you'd made a easy slip-up and I felt bad about the automatic template from the CSD. Then you repeated it on the DAB after the warning here, ignoring my additional comment at the DAB aimed at others. I agree a DAB entry is important, and the current redirect "(suspect)" may help, and I remain neutral about including the current redirect on the DAB or just using her name. I changed it to the former, and bumped her to the top (which may be a bit recentist of me, but the same happened with the DAB Snowden). Widefox; talk 09:41, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
  • Thanks heaps Widefox. I often believe most problems and sometimes animosity is caused through 'failure to communicate' or how something is said rather than what is said. Thank you both for your quick professional courtesy and simple explaination making Wikipedia a quality publication.Foofbun (talk) 21:59, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

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How can a unit be composed entirely of wounded soldiers?[edit]

Don't take it literally. Many military organizations have a casual company for what we used to call the sick, lame and lazy. These were soldiers who were injured and healing or being processed for release from the service. My last civilian job before retiring was at the Marine Corps' Wounded Warrior Regiment where many of our serving Marines were missing limbs or in one case blind or for other medical reasons removed from their regular unit during their recuperation or processing period. Not all or "entirely" were wounded in combat or recovering from an accident or a severe illness but many were and all the Marines in the hospitals had been reassigned to the regiment (WW Battalion East or WW Battalion West). The 194th was the Armor Center's loan a tank outfit providing tanks, recovery vehicle and personnel carriers to the Armor School and Armor Basic Training (OSUT). As for the number of battalions in a regiment exceeding 4, you got me but I have read of more than 3 especially in a Regimental Combat Team which is a task organized outfit. When I was at The Citadel the Cadet Regiment had 4 battalions and today they may have more. I don't think your request for a citation will get answered. Meyerj (talk) 01:23, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

  • Thanks very much for the thoughtful and informative response Meyerj. They had Casco when I was in as well and wondered what Ed Wood Jrs play of the same title was like. The way the article was written it didn't sound like a 'goon platoon' or some job for an officer of 'exceptional calibre' like being an assistant S-3 but sounded like one of those imaginary units they have in films.Foofbun (talk) 07:53, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I can't answer your question regarding the wear of uniforms by Marines not on Active Duty or Ready Reserve service. I am guessing that all the services have something in their uniform regulations. Perhaps those who have honorable discharges or are retired may be authorized wear of uniform at veterans association events or perhaps funerals. As long as they are not wearing anything that would give false representation or discredit to the service. Sorry I cannot be of help. Meyerj (talk) 01:07, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
  • ThanksFoofbun (talk) 01:29, 17 March 2014 (UTC)


check on massive re-write/expansion[edit]

Hi, as the originator of Nipo T. Strongheart I thought I would run this by you - see User:Smkolins/Sandbox6. I've got a dozen or so references to finish up and one section near the bottom that needs real work (the Advocacy section) but on the whole I think it's pretty done. Thoughts? Smkolins (talk) 19:10, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

-) I'm from the US and not any indian relationship to speak of. I do like to break stereotypes though. As I said I had lots more to do so no super hurry … yet. I am itching to get it done but I do want it to be farther advanced before I post it. --Smkolins (talk) 22:13, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
  • What a great article!!!! So he was born George Mitchell Jr? I envy your reserach, you've found lots of terrific sources! Thank you informing me on your wonderful work that will benefit everyone.Foofbun (talk) 23:06, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. Still working on the Advocacy part trying to get the quoting cleaned up. Presuming all goes well I think it'll get posted over the existing article this weekend?? If you have any comments before then let me know - of course when it is live it's up for everyone! Smkolins (talk) 01:46, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Only comments is a big thank you and I hope your work makes the front page!Foofbun (talk) 03:03, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
That would be nice - perhaps someone will post it as a suggestion. If you know of other thoughtful editors involved in native american biographical articles I'd appreciate a referral for feedback. --Smkolins (talk) 13:32, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
  • I don't have any contact with any Wikipedia authors except when they offer corrections. I'm sure once it hits the screens you'll be deluged by the experts. Remember, no one wants to be first, everyone wants to be second and everyone's a critic. No problem as long as it's valid and constuctive. Of course you'll wonder why they never did an entire article in the first place...Foofbun (talk) 21:23, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Well I think it's approaching a GA nomination. The main need is a picture after some assistance cleaning up syntax things that is now "done". See the talk page…. --Smkolins (talk) 00:13, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Emergency Landing[edit]

See revisions. FWiW Bzuk (talk) 12:59, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Thanks! Glad to see you back in the fold...Foofbun (talk) 20:33, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

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  • And to you and yours! They predict a rainy one...Foofbun (talk) 22:59, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

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  • And the same to you, sir! Many happy flights!Foofbun (talk) 23:15, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

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*Sammy Going South*[edit]

Hi. I noted that you were the last editor to make an edit on this movie and, from your user page, that you’re interested in cinema from this period. As such, I thought you might be interested in a note I just made on the article’s talk page. I think the article paints a very misleading portrait of the kid who played Sammy and thought you might be interested in perhaps editing the article to add material by way of presenting a more balanced view of the matter. I could give you the links I found that support what I wrote. If not, thanks anyway and I appreciate your time: (talk) 18:03, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

  • Hi 199, thanks for that. Though I have contributed to the article I did not write that particular bit. I guess nowadays if you're abused you can get away with anything or you think people will admire you and let you get away with anything. I couldn't really change things without good references, but I think you could find some, or as you've done place your thoughts on the talk page to stimulate a good article. I don't think I've seen the film since seeing it not too long after I saw it in the cinema, I would love to see a full length version on the big screen. I wish our film festival would do a "Sandy" Mackendrick film festival instead of-guess who- Ingmar Bergman who's been done to death. I always wonder how The Guns of Navarone would have turned out had he stayed on the film. Would he have become Chuckles Bronson's director of choice instead of J. Lee Thompson?Foofbun (talk) 21:41, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks much for the reply. It isn’t really important. I just thought it odd that Mackendrick’s remarks seemed so at variance with the (then) boy’s apparent biographical information. In addition to the aspects of Fergus McClelland’s life that I noted on the article’s talk page that seem to have belied the director’s assessment of the boy, I might have noted that despite the kid having been from London, he hardly sounded like some tough, street-wise Cockney. He sounded closer to being a toff than a street urchin. As an adult he became a voice coach and is still in that profession to this day as far as I know. Best regards, and thanks again.HistoryBuff14 (talk) 13:07, 10 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks for your thoughts, I appreciate them. Don't forget that back then no everyone in London tried to imitate a Cockney; many were educated in boarding schools where diction was taughtFoofbun (talk) 22:55, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CIX, April 2015[edit]

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Satellite in the Sky[edit]

See revisions. FWiW Bzuk (talk) 18:31, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

  • Very well done sir! Sadly I haven't seen the film for decades, I'd love to see it again (in a great print and on the big screen!). My first and lasting impression of the film was that this would have been how a 1950s Rank production of Ian Fleming's Moonraker would and should have looked with Kieron Moore and Lois Maxwell both credible as James Bond and Gala Brand. Add the opening range sequence, the bridge tournament, the car chase, etc, and maybe go Fleming one better by having Bond aboard the actual spaceship discovering it's Drax's scheme to really crash it into LondonFoofbun (talk) 23:20, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
The film was recently shown on TCM and I caught it nearly by accident in taping another program at the time. Satellite in the Sky until recently had nearly disappeared with the only copies being a B&W pan-and-scan VHS version available. There has been a re-release of the film as part of a two-feature British sci-fi set that included World without End. What is impressive but nearly a throw-away are some gorgeous in-flight sequences of the Avro Vulcan and the Folland Midge. The miniature work including a finely detailed spaceship are as good as can be expected for the 1950s but all the "flying" scenes look pathetic with a kind of Buck Rogers effect; sparklers and smoke coming out of the rocket especially look awful. Shoot me an email and I can see about sending you a DVD copy of the film. FWiW Bzuk (talk) 14:50, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Thank you very much for your extreme kindness. I would be more than happy to pay you for a copy of this film but I live Down Under and we have a region 4 and I don't have one of those magic machines that plays all regions. I had a choice to get either one that did or one that was combined video DVD and chose the latter as so much of what I love never came to DVD. I truly am not bothered by sfx, it's like acting, I can use my imagination. Since you have a rightful fascination with the magnificent Vulcan... Enjoy Foofbun (talk) 02:28, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CX, May 2015[edit]

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Thank you. I am encouraged.[edit]

I've trying to find neglected people and films to write about. One I'm working on now is Dolores Faith, but I waited too long to submit for DYK. Too bad, because,...did you know that after Warner Bros. gave Dolores Faith a screen test, they decided not to hire her because she resembled Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly? Inkwell765 (talk) 00:40, 13 June 2015 (UTC)

  • She sounds a fascinating person and I wish you the best. Saw a pretty interesting documentary on her where she's some sort of Ranger nun who wears a black beret over her wimple. I've been interested in Floyd Simmonds after seeing 'South Pacific' again who said he wasn't hired for a lot of things as he looked too much like Rock Hudson, you'd think with Dolores and Floyd it would be the reverse, get a newer younger Grace/Liz Rock/John Gavin for award wages for your film....Lash La Rue said the same thing about his career that he missed out on serious films as he looked exactly like Bogart.Foofbun (talk) 07:37, 14 June 2015 (UTC)

That is a strange attitude. In those days lookalikes were common, either to keep the original in line, or to try and make lightning strike twice. Errol Flynn/Tyrone Power, Gary Cooper/Joel MacCrea, Fred MacMurray/Dana Andrews/Hugh Beaumont. I remember a casting director joke:

  • Who is Hugh O'Brian?
  • Get me Hugh O'Brian.
  • Get me a Hugh O'Brian type.
  • Get me a young Hugh O'Brian.
  • Who is Hugh O'Brian?

Inkwell765 (talk) 17:27, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

    • Tony Curtis wrote that in his Universal-International contract days whenever he refused to do a film or caused some other problem he'd be shown screen tests of actors who looked and acted exactly like him to show how indispensable he really was. After reading Mickey Knox's book I wonder if he was one of them? I irritate all of Bette Davis's disciples by wondering aloud whether she was contracted initially as a Tallulah Bankhead clone...At the moment I'm trying to fid out about Lang Jeffries' Korean War careerFoofbun (talk) 21:26, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXI, June 2015[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CXII, July 2015[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CXIII, August 2015[edit]

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Speedy deletion nomination of MS Schwabenland[edit]

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Are you sure you can redirect to a google translation? I've never met such solution and I don't like it.Xx236 (talk) 07:21, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
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How can that article be linked directly to a translation of the excellent one in the German Wikipedia?Foofbun (talk) 21:30, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

You want to link directly to a machine translation? That can't be done as far as I know. You're welcome to translate the German Wikipedia article and post it at the English Wikipedia. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 21:40, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
I've started working on an English article for the Schwabenland, at the same title. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 22:00, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks a million for your quick help. I wouldn't want to plagarise an article so I'm VERY happy someone will do it. It would be interesting on so many aspects, the German Lufthansa seaplane carriers of the 30s (does anyone really know if Lufthansa was planning on using gliders for commuter transports?) as well as the Antarctic expedition. It also seems to be about the only Kriegsmarine ship that doesn't have it's own article as well. Foofbun (talk) 23:12, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXIV, September 2015[edit]

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