Now here’s fun. Vincent Price dons a dodgy beard as Robur, Jules Verne’s less-celebrated airborne version of Captain Nemo, out cruising the skies in his all-paper propeller-heavy airship, reciting the bible through a megaphone and bombing stock footage of tall ships in a bid for world peace. Among the hapless, convict-jumpered hostages out to foil him are Charles Bronson, in a non-shite film for once in these listings. Vito Scotti provides more scarcely needed comic relief as a hapless onboard French chef, there’s some of the least spectacular model work in the history of cinema, and, best of all, if you video the first ten minutes you get, for no real reason, a compendium of all that vintage ‘early flying machines that didn’t work’ footage, including the one with five sets of wings collapsing, the pumping-up-and-down-umbrella one, etc., making this an invaluable service of sorts.Read More
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And away we go, now without some tower blocks being blown up but we’re sure it’s going to be an entertaining affair. Brilliantly the Beeb have decided that they had so much fun in the Olympics they fancy doing it all again so as of tomorrow morning it’s on BBC1 non-stop from morning to midnight, with ‘stEnders and Holby punted over to BBC2 again, and BBC3 on air all day, just as it was two years ago. OK, so maybe it’s not quite as prestigious as that event, but any opportunity for a huge TV spectacle we’re going to jump at.
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