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  • colin.barron
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2005
    • 304

    New remake of "633 Squadron"?

    A friend of mine who is an academic specialising in Film and Media has told me that there is some talk of "633 Squadron" being re-made. I don't have any more details at present but I hope this project does materialise.The original was a good film but it was let down by poor miniature and matte effects. The aerial photography and musical score were brilliant though.

    In my view the way to top the original would be to go back to Frederick E Smith's original 1956 novel and adapt that for the screen. The original novel was much closer to the WW2 RAF than the 1964 film version and had the squadron flying Bostons until about halfway through the book. The airfield ("Sutton Craddock") was in Yorkshire and the German air attack on it was carried out by Bf110s. However I would retain the original musical score as that could't be bettered. What do the rest of you think?

    Colin
  • wessex boy
    Talking Baggage
    • Aug 2005
    • 1086

    #2
    Why do they keep re-making, surely there must be other stories worthy of telling on film?

    Personally I would like to see one made about the Pathfinders, seeing as I live surrounded by their old bases
    J Atkins - A PPL once More!



    Are you an Aero-ist? Then fly with style at www.aero-ist.co.uk

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    • laviticus
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jul 2005
      • 1757

      #3
      Im all for remaking the original movies especially using CGI,it dosent take anything away from the originals they were just made in a different era for a very different audience .I like Colin's idea of following the book closer.
      But surly there are talented writers out there and plenty of real missions that took place ,with stories to be told.
      dave
      Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diu.

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      • Bruce
        Independent analyst
        • Jan 2000
        • 10209

        #4
        There has been a guy hawking this around for at least ten years.

        Wants to build replica aircraft - must be easy, they're only made of wood.....


        Bruce

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        • MarkG
          Ymlaen!
          • Jan 2000
          • 803

          #5
          Originally posted by Bruce
          There has been a guy hawking this around for at least ten years.

          Wants to build replica aircraft - must be easy, they're only made of wood.....


          Bruce
          That wouldn't be this bunch would it Bruce?

          http://www.633squadron.com

          They're clearly experts on the Mosquito as they keep calling it the DH86!
          "Don't tell him Pike!"

          Hunter FGA.78 QA12

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          • Bruce
            Independent analyst
            • Jan 2000
            • 10209

            #6
            Thats the guy - I shall refrain from too many comments; suffice to say - no chance....


            Bruce

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            • colin.barron
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Aug 2005
              • 304

              #7
              Originally posted by MarkG
              That wouldn't be this bunch would it Bruce?

              http://www.633squadron.com

              They're clearly experts on the Mosquito as they keep calling it the DH86!
              Yes I know of this website but what I was talking about was some new information emanating from the USA,not that 633squadron.com stuff which has been around for six years.

              By the way here's a little query about the original film. They had five airworthy Mosquitoes in the movie but I cannot find a shot in the film featuring more than four flying together and in fact many shots only had three. However there is one shot where five Mosquitoes can be seen taxying together. Anyone like to comment on this.?

              Colin

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              • MarkG
                Ymlaen!
                • Jan 2000
                • 803

                #8
                Originally posted by colin.barron
                By the way here's a little query about the original film. They had five airworthy Mosquitoes in the movie but I cannot find a shot in the film featuring more than four flying together and in fact many shots only had three. However there is one shot where five Mosquitoes can be seen taxying together. Anyone like to comment on this.?
                Can't remember the details now but I believe there were 4 airworthy aircraft used in the film (3 x TT.35s and a T.III) and a couple that were taxiable but not flyable.
                "Don't tell him Pike!"

                Hunter FGA.78 QA12

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                • dhfan
                  Still cantankerous
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 2803

                  #9
                  Frederick E Smith wrote about half a dozen books in the 633 Squadron series.

                  None had quite the impact of the original but surely one of them would be better than a re-make.

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                  • Propstrike
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Mar 2004
                    • 3936

                    #10
                    Might have known this would come back to haunt us.

                    'But the're gone. DEAD! All of them!'

                    ' You can't kill a Squadron!' {stirring music swells- Wingco strides off into sunset}

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                    • Smith
                      EE147
                      • May 2004
                      • 1336

                      #11
                      BIG DAY OUT

                      Originally posted by wessex boy
                      Why do they keep re-making, surely there must be other stories worthy of telling on film?
                      17 August 1943.

                      During the day the 8th had a go at Schweinfurt and Regensburg (and lost about 60 B17's), that night the RAF went off to Peenemunde (and lost 54 aircraft).

                      A very big day out.
                      never fear, Smith is here

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                      • mike currill
                        Big pistons rule
                        • Jul 2003
                        • 8791

                        #12
                        Anyone got any ideas as to where they can find people 11 feet tall? Early on in the book there is a descripiotn of the squadron's Bostons taxiing in with ground crew holding the wingtips.
                        The mind once expanded by a new idea never returns to its original size.

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                        • BIGVERN1966
                          steely eyed missile man
                          • Jan 2006
                          • 1220

                          #13
                          Might have been short Bostons
                          TWIN RAMJET POWERED MONOPLANE FIXER 1985 - 1989

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                          • mike currill
                            Big pistons rule
                            • Jul 2003
                            • 8791

                            #14
                            Damned short, even a Boston wingtip is out out arms reach I would imagine
                            The mind once expanded by a new idea never returns to its original size.

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                            • DazDaMan
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Aug 2003
                              • 18651

                              #15
                              They were scaled replicas - the crews were midgets
                              Daren Cogdon

                              Spitfire fanatic

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                              • mike currill
                                Big pistons rule
                                • Jul 2003
                                • 8791

                                #16
                                Originally posted by DazDaMan
                                They were scaled replicas - the crews were midgets
                                You always crack me up Daz. Thanks for brightening an otherwise boring morning.
                                The mind once expanded by a new idea never returns to its original size.

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