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    I'm afraid you've been misinformed as regards to the village. I have been to Mapledurham several times and there is no question this is the village where the Eagle Has Landed was filmed. It is exactly as it appeared in the film. The house which Jean Marsh (Starling) lived in is on the hill before you go down into the village. There are several websites relating to the location sites for the film and they all refer to Mapledurham. None mention Wiveton. I watched the film again last night and I cannot see anywhere which I don't recognise. Charlestown harbour is obvious and every single village scene is Mapledurham. Incidentally, the pub was mocked up out of another building. Suggest you visit Mapledurham. You will be pleasantly surprised.



    P.S. There is a Manor House in Mapledurham (the one used in the film) but I do not know which house they used for the American Headquarters. Perhaps that is near Wiveton?



    Try these links if you are still not convinced:-



    Where Did They Film That?



    http://www.mapledurham.co.uk/private.htm



    http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_..._107041433/pg_5





    Incidentally, the last link lists Mapledurham as being in Berkshire, although I believe it is just within Oxfordshire.
    I think Mapledurham is just over the border into Oxfordshire. I know we have estatblsihed without doubt that most of the Eagle Has Landed was filmed there, The Pub was a set constructed for the film and I think a set of the Watermill was constructed as it gets blown up later. The proof of the pudding is in the very interesting documentary that is on the DVD extras, a period on location report that clearly mentions Mapledrham in Oxfordshire and has good interviews and behind the scenes glimpses, with Sturges (his last film?) and Michael Caine gameley trying to inject some enthusiasm into the notion of winning the audience over with a story where the outcome is known. Comparrisons to Day of The Jackal and so on. There may have been some scenes in Norfolk but I wonder which ones, I can't imagine they would have been key scenes with the principals.

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    I went to see this film in 1969 as a 7 year old and have been hooked on it ever since. Interesting to remember that before the film started, the national anthem was played and everyone stood up . . .



    The opening credit music is "Aces High" with the Walton Score underpinning the rest of the movie. Never tire of hearing it, and still have the full score on a vinyl album - but can't get it on CD.



    The movie was filmed in part at Duxford. The biggest controlled explosion in the UK since the war (at the time) was used to demolish a hangar in the Kenneth More/Susanna York scene. Now a new one stands in its place. The first "bombs" fell where the American Air Museum and the Land Forces Museum now stand. Walking around Duxford today (part of the Imperial War Museum) is like walking through the original set of the movie.



    One of the great things about the movie is the use of so many "real" aircraft: Spitfires, Hurricanes, Messerchmitt 109's and Heinkel 111's. But one of the great ironies, is that the "german" aircraft were all Spanish licence-built versions of the Me109 and He111's and were all - amazingly - fitted with the same Rolls-Royce Merlin engines that the Spitfires and Hurricanes used.



    Well, its amazing for me, anyway . . .



    Maybe I should get a life.



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    Not at all, to this day I and many others of my age group are experts on fighter planes and bombers of world war 1 and 2. I can easily spot the difference between a Spitfire and a Hurricane and Im always able to spot a mocked up plane pretending to be a messerchmitt. Im also an "expert" on WW2 tanks and battle ships! Why you may ask, well like many other schoolboys in the late sixties and seventies I was obsessed with spending hours constructing model kits, usually Airfix or Aurora. When you spend so much time and effort building and painting these kits and comparring them with your chums efforts you really get to know all the details and intricacies of what they really look like!! So when films like The Battle of Britain or 633 Squadron are on TV you really know what you aretalking about!!No other reason! Its a pity Airfix went out of business, I beleive a French Company bought the moulds. I still have my Avro Lancaster kit hanging in the loft at my parents house, had to have that kit after seeing The Dam Busters!! ......

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    Airfix are alive and well, now owned by Humbrol. They did own Heller for a while, but have sold them again.



    The Official Airfix Website



    Heller-News





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    Airfix are alive and well, now owned by Humbrol. They did own Heller for a while, but have sold them again.



    The Official Airfix Website



    Heller-News





    Nick
    Cheers for that Nick, thats good news that they are alive and well, I often wonder why their popularity decreased so much, maybe computer games and the like filled the spot.

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    Not at all, to this day I and many others of my age group are experts on fighter planes and bombers of world war 1 and 2. I can easily spot the difference between a Spitfire and a Hurricane and Im always able to spot a mocked up plane pretending to be a messerchmitt. Im also an "expert" on WW2 tanks and battle ships! Why you may ask, well like many other schoolboys in the late sixties and seventies I was obsessed with spending hours constructing model kits, usually Airfix or Aurora. When you spend so much time and effort building and painting these kits and comparring them with your chums efforts you really get to know all the details and intricacies of what they really look like!! So when films like The Battle of Britain or 633 Squadron are on TV you really know what you aretalking about!!No other reason! Its a pity Airfix went out of business, I beleive a French Company bought the moulds. I still have my Avro Lancaster kit hanging in the loft at my parents house, had to have that kit after seeing The Dam Busters!! ......
    I could have written that post! Quite amazing! I too made the Lancaster model from Airfix and it hung in my bedroom for most of my teenage years. I lost track of what became of it when I started on (what was unexpectedly to become) very extensive world travels in 1969...



    I made all the WWII battle tanks and most of the capital ships and destroyers too... Allies and Axis powers!

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    I was in the Third Year at Grammar School when we went on a coach trip one Saturday to Great Yarmouth organised by a chap in the year above. We passed by Duxford, and Mildenhall when several F100 Super Sabres landed over our coach! Duxford had numerous fighter planes and the two CASA 2-111s that had been imported parked up. The camera plane was a modified B-25 Mitchell bomber, French-registered I think.

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    Me too!

    although its fighter escort was a somewhat incongruous Angel Interceptor...

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    Did anyone after building their aircraft,do dogfights with a Spitfire in one hand,and a Messerschmitt in the other with kiddy style clipped English accents and a lame attempt at doing "Donner Und Blitzen you Schweinhund"?

    Ta Ta

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    PS I hope someone says yes to that one.

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    Did anyone after building their aircraft,do dogfights with a Spitfire in one hand,and a Messerschmitt in the other with kiddy style clipped English accents and a lame attempt at doing "Donner Und Blitzen you Schweinhund"?

    Ta Ta

    Marky B



    PS I hope someone says yes to that one.
    Oh yes.....Airfix did a range of special kits called "Dogfight Doubles" Basically two kits in the same box of opposing fighter planes and obviously the Spitfire and Messerschmitt were in the series. They also produced "Dog fight doubles" of WW1 planes, the Red Barons little red Fokker tri plane versus a Sopwith Camel being a memorable example..............

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    Does anyone remember Airfix bringing out the Pontoon Bridge Set,with an easy assembly bridge,tanks,and little toy soldiers (German and British). I used to wipe out an entire German column with a strafe of imaginary bullets from my Airfix Spitfire.

    I think there was a Coastal Command set. I wrote to Airfix (I was member of their Airfix Modellers Club,Presidentick Emery) and suggested a Bridge Too Far set,but whereas I got a reply saying it was a good idea and they'd look into it. I think they did look into it......and that's it.

    Ta Ta

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    My dogfight double of choice was a match up between a Gloucester Meteor and an ME-262.

    (No pesky propeller's to break off, easy kits to assemble unlike the ME-109 which was a pain)

    Don't think they ever met up in reality though. Pity, would have been an interesting match.



    Another thought: the Airfix 1/72 German infantry were curiously "smaller" than, say, the 1/72 British Paratroops. Patriotic bias?



    Bloodthirsty little tykes, weren't we?



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    Did anyone after building their aircraft,do dogfights with a Spitfire in one hand,and a Messerschmitt in the other with kiddy style clipped English accents and a lame attempt at doing "Donner Und Blitzen you Schweinhund"?

    Ta Ta

    Marky B



    PS I hope someone says yes to that one.
    Yes - absolutely I did . . .



    I even hung them from my ceiling and shot them with my air rifle. Every time I missed, it knocked a chunk of plaster off the ceiling - I got into deep ca-ca for that.



    My German pilots always went Gott in Himmel! when I shot them down, but my British ones always went Uuuuuungggh!!! then flew home for a crash landing.



    My Germans pilots called me a Schweinhund Englisher, but I had to correct them and assure them that I was a Schweinhund Scotlander instead. . .



    Did you ever set fire to them? Trouble is, polystyrene models don't have the decency to burn like a real aircraft.



    They made a right old mess.



    VERDAMMT!!!



    God, I'm getting old . . . .

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    Yes - absolutely I did . . .



    I even hung them from my ceiling and shot them with my air rifle. Every time I missed, it knocked a chunk of plaster off the ceiling - I got into deep ca-ca for that.



    My German pilots always went Gott in Himmel! when I shot them down, but my British ones always went Uuuuuungggh!!! then flew home for a crash landing.



    My Germans pilots called me a Schweinhund Englisher, but I had to correct them and assure them that I was a Schweinhund Scotlander instead. . .



    Did you ever set fire to them? Trouble is, polystyrene models don't have the decency to burn like a real aircraft.



    They made a right old mess.



    VERDAMMT!!!



    God, I'm getting old . . . .
    To make them burn you had to remove the cockpit glass and stuff inside the fuselage as much cotton wool soaked in lighter fuel as you could then fire them in the air via a catapult from a first floor bedroom window to create the desired effect, or otherwise stuff a firework inside, preferably a "banger" which would blow the whole aircraft to peices with a realistic bang!.....

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    Does anyone remember Airfix bringing out the Pontoon Bridge Set,with an easy assembly bridge,tanks,and little toy soldiers (German and British). I used to wipe out an entire German column with a strafe of imaginary bullets from my Airfix Spitfire.

    I think there was a Coastal Command set. I wrote to Airfix (I was member of their Airfix Modellers Club,Presidentick Emery) and suggested a Bridge Too Far set,but whereas I got a reply saying it was a good idea and they'd look into it. I think they did look into it......and that's it.

    Ta Ta

    MArky B
    As we're wandering way off topic and down Memory Lane, I had the Roman Fort, with accompanying guards and rampaging Briotns....great fun. I always lusted after the Tamiya version of the Lancaster....being 1/48 as opposed to 1/72 it was bl...y enormous. I graduated onto the set of Airfix Motorcycle kits, most of which I messed up trying to slim the spokes down to a realistic thickness...wish I had them now, very collectable...Ariel Golden Arrow, BSA C15, BMW 75...

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    Anyway, back to the film.....



    I originally saw the film at a cinema with my late father and it was definitely his favourite film and is one of mine.

    One thing I have noticed, if I am not confusing it with a different film, is one scene is never shown on the tv version. I can recall, at the start of the film, the German staff officer going to inspect a Heinkel squadron. In the cinema they showed the inspection with the pilots and crew singing a German military song; on the tv version this is cut. Anyone know why?



    Now, away from the film (think 'spooky'), after my father's funeral I was returning to London via the M6 and had stopped at Tebay South, which is in the back of beyond. For some reason I rang my Ma, even though I had only left her a couple of hours before. She said that she had just found a photo of my Dad standing in fromt of a Spit at an air museum. Just as I said he always remarked about how the sound of a Spit engine made the hairs on his neck stand on end.....I heard the unmistakable sound of the same bloody engine. I looked up and a spitfire flew overhead from nowhere.. One hell of a coincidence!

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    The Battle of Britain . . . we lived in Camberwell, south-east London and they filmed the blitz scene round the corner. The scene with the bombed out Londoners. They used a derelict row of terrace houses in Albany Road - they were asking for extras but my school wouldn't give me the time off. I remember they flew barrage balloons too.

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    As a young lad living in Hemel Hempstead I remember watching the dogfights for B.O.B whilst at the Churchill outdoor swimming baths. Among all the planes flying around there was a great big bomber type in the middle with a huge orange stripe all around it. I was told this was the camera plane and as far as I can remember they were all based at Bovingdon near Hemel and sad to say that Bovingdon is now an H.M.P Prison.

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    The opening theme tune was rather disappointing too, and not a patch on The Great Escape, The Dambusters or 633 Squadron's memorable music!
    Agree with you Sam. 633 Squadron has a great theme and it's funny how many soccer clubs use this as their teams run out to play, I know it was used at Hayes FC, now called Hayes and Yeading. Does anyone know of any other clubs use 633 or any other British film movie theme as it they run out. Curious to know.



    I hear my beloved Spurs are running out to "The Great Escape". hehe. Thought I would get it in before someone else did.



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    As a young lad living in Hemel Hempstead I remember watching the dogfights for B.O.B whilst at the Churchill outdoor swimming baths. Among all the planes flying around there was a great big bomber type in the middle with a huge orange stripe all around it. I was told this was the camera plane and as far as I can remember they were all based at Bovingdon near Hemel and sad to say that Bovingdon is now an H.M.P Prison.
    Hi Earl,

    It is more than likely that Skeets Kelly was in that aircraft,the legendary aerial photographer. I also believe they used two seater Spitfires for the battle scenes. He was killed in 1970 whilst doing aerial photography for Zeppelin.

    Ta Ta

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    Totaly brilliant film, I never miss it when it's on TV even though I have the DVD. The cast list is so impressive.



    On the 2 disc version there's lots of info on where why and how it was made. There was also a very good article in 'Fly Past' regarding the making some years ago



    I can't wait for the new Dambusters film to come out sometime 2008

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