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SAS founder's life story to be made into a film
Daily Telegraph Link
Just wonder which Hollywood actor will play Stirling, not to mention all the septics that will mysteriously emerge to show everyone how itâs done. Yes I know the US werenât actually at war then, but whatâs that got to do with it?
I suppose the spin pre-publicity is a fair pointer that this drama will be âbased uponâ rather than factual, as after all itâs being made for entertainment/bums on seats - no?
Take the blurb:
âNow the extraordinary life of the man who coined and lived by the phrase 'Who dares wins' " actually itâs a condensed version of that of Sir Roger Keyes, âHe Most Prevails Who Nobly Daresâ.
âStirling, who had been thrown out of Cambridge for gambling and drinking,â which he continued in the services and was known by his fellow officers as âThe Great Slothâ, âwas 26 when he came up with the idea of "special forces" as he served with the Commandos in the Second World War.â err, the Commandos were Special Forces as were the SBS, Para-commandos and LRDG which all preceded Stirlingâs L Detachment, or rather initially, âStirlingâs Parashotsâ.
âFrustrated and bored with the lack of actionâ faced with disbandment of Layforce and particularly his own Commando, No.8, and thereafter reassignment to another Commando, his former Scots Guards Reg. or another post â probably in Africa, âhe persuaded senior officersâ an old family friend Maj. Gen. Neil Ritchie, âto let him assemble a small clandestine force to inflict terror and destruction on the German lines in North Africa.
Despite numerous setbacks, his rag-tag unit of around 60 misfitsâ errâ¦.like Jock Lewis (no Lewis no SAS), almost all men were of No.8 and No.11 Commando, the latter blooded on the Litani, âwent on to destroy more than 400 aircraft, hundreds of vehicles and thousands of tons of fuel and munitions. Not only that but the nature of warfare was changed forever.â In what way?
âSince then the Special Air Service has taken part in operations in Afghanistan, Vietnam, and the Falklands. Its finest hour in recent historyâ for the media, âcame during the Iranian Embassy siege in London in 1980, when 30 soldiers freed 24 hostages.â Quite right, just wonder how well they will show how the SAS evolved to meet new and changing roles when they were reformed after WWII?
I'll expect U571 so as not to be upset by this...
Looks like HandMade Films will be the production company so I'll hope against all hope that it will turn out to be a good flick.
After all, they did make Privates on Parade.
I wonder how much of the film will be on Blair Mayne
errr the company seems to be a UK company so what does Hollywood have to do with this?
No doubt he will amazingly be transmogrified into a Canadian?
"errr the company seems to be a UK company so what does Hollywood have to do with this?"
1. Where's the money come from?
2. Where's the bigger market?
Would be interesting to see Stirling break into song.
4th Indian Div. should be authentic then?
Perhaps this is a new role for Mr Bliar when he leaves politics?
So it would be the fault of the Yank movie people if British film makers distrort British military history? Even for Arrse this is a stretch.
Know a bit about film making do you? How are you on distribution?
Well I hope it will be better than the birth of the CIA (The good Shepherd)
That film was fcuking tonk
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