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More Thirty-Nine Steps

January 21st, 2009 (12:08 am)

No, not news of a nightmare commissioning of a Greenmantle reworked into a sequel to the BBC Thirty-Nine Steps, but Stephen Gallagher's unsuccessful treatment for a TV version, over at his blog.

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Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)

*sigh*

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)

He comes a lot closer to just filming the book than anyone else has, though; but he still misses the point when he challenges the credibility of the book's plotting.

Edited at 2009-01-21 12:25 am (UTC)

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
Books

I had difficulty recalling who 'Julia' was, too.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)

She's just one of several red herrings, really - just like Scudder's conspiracy theory with which he hopes to entice Hannay.

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)

Agreed - and I don't think Hannay and James Bond are as closely related as Gallagher seems to think, at least not in Hannay's first appearance (and I've not finished the second yet).

Posted by: malaheed (malaheed)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)

Hmmm. So to sum up - he will keep the name, the main characters and change all the other stuff because the author did such a bad job. Nice to see that the years haven't mellowed SG.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)

I still think his version would have been closest to the book, though like all the others it misses what Buchan is doing with the 'dime novel' genre, subverting one set of expectations and instead saying that this is what a 'realistic' adventure is like, and presenting a hero whose ability to evade detection relies on practical life experience rather than specific professional training.