Guess the movie: a chess movie film quiz (2)

by Arne Kaehler
5/18/2020 – As we promised in our last article, we now proceed to another round of guessing the movie stills. This time we take a look at films which are exclusively from the 1960s. The films are "From Russia with Love", "The Fire Within", "Becket" and "The Thomas Crown Affair". Once again, you are very welcome to participate in our little movie guessing quiz, where you have to guess which chess board still is from which movie.

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Which film still is from which film?

The graphic below shows four chess scenes from films of the 1960s. But which scene is from which movie?

Four chess scenes from famous movies

To make things easier, here's a list of the four films pictured above. 

From Russia with Love - James Bond (1963)

This is the second James Bond film after Dr. No (1962), which launched just a year later due to the success of its predecessor. Right from the start of "From Russia with Love", we are delighted with a beautiful chess scene, using a game originally played by Boris Spassky and David Bronstein at the USSR Championships in 1960. Spassky played the Kings Gambit.

But which of the four film stills is from this Bond movie? – number 1, 2, 3 or 4? Take your pick and see what other readers think.

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The Fire Within (1963)

Another movie from 1963. This one is made in France though. The original French title is Le Feu Follet. This drama film was an inspiration for the movie The Royal Tennenbaums (2001) by famous director and writer Wes Anderson.

But which of the four film stills is from this drama movie? – number 1, 2, 3 or 4? Take your pick and see what other readers think.

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Becket (1964)

The British-American film is based on the similar named novel by Jean Anouilh

Henry II was played by Richard Burton, who was nominated for the Academy Awards seven times, and Thomas Becket by Peter O'Toole, most famous for his role as T.E. Lawrence from Lawrence of Arabia (1962), were starring in the two-and-a-half hour long Thomas Becket movie.

But which of the four film stills is from this historical movie? – number 1, 2, 3 or 4? Take your pick and see what other readers think.

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The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Steve Mcqueen, as Thomas Crown and Faye Dunaway, as Vicki Anderson have a famous chess playing scene in this film, while flirting silently with each other. The flirting led to a 55-second-long, non-stop kissing scene, probably a world record back then.

The neo-noir film from 1968 has been remade in 1999, starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. Russo?

Interestingly, The Russo Brothers, who aren't related with Rene Russo, announced to produce a remake of the Thomas Crown Affair in 2019. The Brothers are responsible for three of the greatest box office hits ever made, being The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame(2019).

If they don't include a chess scene in this remake, I will be very disappointed.

But which of the four film stills is from this heist movie? – number 1, 2, 3 or 4? Take your pick and see what other readers think.

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Arne Kaehler, a creative thinker who is passionate about board games in general was born in Hamburg and learned how to play chess at a very young age. Through teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess content on YouTube, Arne was able to extend this passion onto others and has even made an online chess course for anyone who wants to learn how to play this game. Currently, Arne blogs for the English news page of ChessBase and focuses on creating promotional and entertaining articles.
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