September 15th, 2019

Husky Airways

Balloon, Mein Herr?

Thursday's BFI film treat was a newly restored print of The Third Man.

The restoration, and the big screen, made the locations and cinematography extra impressive, and put more zing in the zither. I also noticed details I hadn't spotted before, like Anna sleeping in Harry's pyjamas (they have 'HL' on the breast pocket).

Nicholas Courtney's Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart definitely went on the same military training course as Trevor Howard's Major Calloway. And got his army duffle coat out of the same skip.

I was keeping an eye out for Bernard Lee but failed to spot him as the comedy sergeant who's a big fan of Holly's novels. He aged a great deal between 1949 and 1962's Dr No.

Another important Bond nerd point: The Living Daylights, which has several scenes in Vienna, nods to The Third Man in the fairground scene. (There is, of course, also a Remington Steele episode involving a system of underground tunnels accessed by advertisement hoarding.)

So, what did we learn?

  • You're probably better off dead

  • Cats, puppies and small children will grass you up


"I have this urge to watch The Living Daylights now," I informed my companion as we emerged.

"Don't you have that urge every single day of your life?" he asked.