Friday, 2 September 2011

Biggles - So you wanna be an extremely silly hero?

So you wanna be a hero?
I was really looking forward to this film, Biggles, Time Travel, Peter Cushing...
Released trying to ride the wave of success of Indiana Jones this is the only film adaptation of Biggles, which is a damn shame. Still it has a certain cheap and cheerful charm.
Monty Python loved Biggles both in their sketches...

And in literary form from their Papperbok... interestingly, these sketches, penned by Graham Chapman, investigate the whispered rumours about Biggles sexuality. One wonders what less enlightened audiences made of the sketch? Were they cheering when Biggles shoots Algy?

To a certain extent the below extract is a better spin off than the 80's movie above...
Buy it here.

And check out the real deal - a fantastic site with first edition covers of over 100 Biggles books by Captain W.E. Johns.

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