Where Eagles Dare
Where Eagles Dare
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“Broadsword calling Danny boy, Broadsword calling Danny boy” – the mere mention of those words in Richard Burton’s radio transmission send me into a reverie of cable car ice pick fights, trip wire explosions, bluff and double bluff, and dead bodies by the score. Where Eagles Dare, the 1968 action movie based on Alistair MacLean’s book of the same name, starring Burton and Clint Eastwood, is – for me anyway – the ideal Christmas movie, that isn’t about Christmas.


The title derives from Shakespeare’s Richard III“The world is grown so bad, that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch.” And that perch is Schloss Adler, the Nazis “Castle of the eagles”, deep in the Bavarian mountains, where there unfolds the plot for the perfect action thriller, brainy and twisty, with Burton & Eastwood (not to mention token Scot, Mary Ure), armed only with a couple of suitcases full of explosives, a few clips of ammo and a school bus, just about obliterate half of the Third Reich.


But today’s photo is all about where eagles dare to do good: the Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international organisation founded in 1898 in Seattle by a group of six theatre owners – after they met to discuss a protracted musician’s strike – and which is attached to the ACT (one building, five theatres in downtown Seattle). Originally made up of those engaged one way or another in the performing arts, the Eagles grew and claimed credit for establishing the Mother’s Day holiday in the United States as well as the “impetus for Social Security.” And instead of lodges, this fraternal organisation has “aeries” – the Seattle one having dibs on being the first in the country.


Leica R8 & 90mm Elmarit-R

Ilford Delta 100

HC-110 (Dil.H – 1:63 @ 10 minutes)

Plustek 7600i & Vuescan