The lyrics to Farnon’s theme were surprisingly written by British Carry On star Jim Dale and while being rather ‘Tin Pan Alley’ they hopefully don’t detract from Farnon’s excellent score.
Sean Connery made one Western:
Adapted from the novel by the great Western writer Louis L’Amour,
Shalako was part of the Spaghetti Western craze of that time.
Location shooting took place in Almería in southern Spain, particularly in the Tabernas Desert
which was frequently used in European Westerns during the decade.
Shalako wasn’t a great Western, but it had one outstanding feature:
It’s amazing Star Power, which included:
Sean Connery (Scottish), Brigitte Bardot (French),
Jack Hawkins (English), Steven Boyd (Irish), Eric Sykes (English),
Honor Blackman (English), Woody Strode (American),
Valerie French (not French) and others …
Reviews:Reviews were generally mediocre. But I think this could be one of those movies that fares better with time.
Why? But because of Shalako‘s amazing Cast/Star Power.
Which is pretty well unmatched by most movies made these days,
Because of this I give it a 7 out of 10.
Part 2? I’m going to look at this interesting Cast a bit more.