“Listen, Colonel Bat Guano, if that is your real name”

Having accidentally caught “Dr. Strangelove” on television twice this past weekend (almost certainly bringing my lifetime total & fractional viewings into mid double-digits) I find I’ve tumbled into speaking in Strangelove-ian patois. It’s not all bad though: You would be amazed how regularly the phrase “Listen, Colonel Bat Guano, if that is your real name” comes in useful while traveling.

Anyway, there is a new film out about the messed-up but prodigiously talented Mr. Sellers, and it stars Geoffrey Rush. According to today’s Financial Times, the Academy should just hand Rush the Oscar for Best Actor and get it over with:

Geoffrey Rush plays Sellers so brilliantly that Oscar voters should give him the gold-plated doorstopper right now. No one could better capture this glazed, menopausal fashion-plate who started out as a roly-poly trouper, mimic and Goon whipped into ambitiousness by his mother, Peg (“Do you want to be a failure like your father?”).


  1. Fred Boness says:

    This will bring a meeting to order:
    Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.

  2. my all-time #1 fave movie. so many quotes…the whole movie is one big quote. only glengarry glen ross comes close for quotable snips….
    “Mandrake, do you know why I only drink pure grain alcohol?”
    “…but they make such bloody good cameras!”
    “you’ll have to answer to the coca-cola company”
    “combination portable bible and Russian phrase book”
    “the self destruct mechanism blew itself up”
    “where’s Major Kong?…..* * * ….YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!”