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There shall never be another Errol Flynn. Many have tried, but none have come to the level of a swaggering-swashbuckler like Errol.
We really have actor Robert Donat to thank for Errol's stardom as a swashbuckler, for if Mr. Donat had not turned down the role of Captain Blood, we might not have had Errol's swashbuckling portrayal on film at all! Mr. Donat, who had played in "The Count of Monte Cristo" in 1934, was asked to play Peter Blood in an upcoming film by Warner Brothers that was scheduled for release in 1935. But after having read the screenplay of "Captain Blood" Donat felt that the role demanded too much physical strain on his already bad health.
Having seen Flynn in a screen test, the movie makers decided to take a chance on an unknown, that is - Errol, who had just recently played minor roles in a couple of movies, and who had not too long before played in a "B" swashbuckler movie called "The Bounty," based on the famous book by captain Bligh.
With that flop behind his belt, it is a wonder that Flynn got cast in such a big role as Rafael Sabatini's "Captain Blood" in 1935. But his on-screen presence won the role over for him.
After this break, audiences screamed for more swashbucklers from their new screen idol, and more they did get!! Over the next few years, Errol continued to pour out high-budgeted swashbucklers for Warner Brothers Pictures. He became Robin Hood, the Sea Hawk, the rescuer of the Prince and the Pauper, and even Don Juan!!
Errol, at his height, was perhaps the most famous film actor in the world!!
His hard life of women and booze, which he claimed would eventually kill him, finally did when he was in his 50's. But even though the aging actor showed signs of his failing health in later films, he nevertheless stayed the king of the swashbucklers all the way to the end!!
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READ WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT DONAREE:
"Nicely done. I really enjoyed the history in the introduction and the duel is well written. Best of luck with the novel!" ~ Author David Lee Summers, author of five books: Vampires of the Scarlet Order, The Solar Sea, and the "Old Star" science fiction series: The Pirates of Sufiro, Children of the Old Stars, and Heirs of the New Earth. www.davidleesummers.com
"Very exciting read! Felt like I was there witnessing the action!" ~ Candle Artist Jfay, www.studio3bonline.com
"I really enjoyed the humour and really laughed, not at Monsieur de la Donaree but with Monsieur de la Donaree! I dont know if you wrote it in this spirit but if you had a bit of Molière in you, I would not be surprised! He knew how to study people and would turn situations into a comic play! I laughed out loud, this is a gem! Not only de la Donaree is a fine sword, he has also a fine nose when it comes to pinpoint personalities, I'm talking about the Inkeeper and his situation with the wife here!! The second part is indeed in pure swashbuckling spirit, in rhythm and enthusiasm! And the end is a cliff-hanger! The beginning is "cocasse" (funny) as they might have said then in Gascony, and witty! Indeed had a sense of humour too and satirically created at least one of his character ( in another book) to a character made up by Molière in one of his comic play. And Molière also took his inspiration from Dumas' s Musketeers and " ." I liked it! I had fun while reading this chapter about Monsieur de la Donaree, as while following the spirit of the Musketeers you gave a contemporary touch to the text!" ~ Artist Nicole Marques, www.myspace.com/nicolemarques
"Hurrah, Ted! I gleefully await the next installment! LOVE the romantic stuff! Bring it on! There are few things in this world I like better than a hot Viscount. Keep going, Ted! Bravo! Keep writing! I can't wait to read more! But it is par for the course as I am also a writer. Keep in touch!" ~ Author Genella de Grey, author of "Remember Me." www.genelladegrey.com
"Wow - What a wonderful beginning. As a whole, you have a unique way of writing & you captivated me by a few sentences peaking my interest to continue. For instance: ...hazed by the early morning mist...I love it! I look forward to reading the next chapter. You've gained my interest. That was impresive & informative. You've still got the hook in & I'm dangling to hear more. Thanks for the sneak peak." ~ Aspiring Author R.F.Taylor: Rianna
"Well done. Chapter One entices the reader craving more. I will look for of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer on the web. Keep up the excellent writing..." ~ Ferf
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