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The Dad's Army Movie: Our Dream Recruits
We choose the perfect Hitler-kidding actors for the khaki malarkey

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Move over The Expendables and Frank Moses’s Red cohorts because an even more elite venerable unit is assembling in the centre of Walmington-on-Sea. If you can find them (try the church hall) and they’ve taken their meds, maybe you can hire… Dad’s Army. Yes, according to the latest wireless communiques, the BBC sitcom, an 18 million-viewer phenomenon over 80 episodes and a bajillion reruns since the late ‘60s, is returning for another big screen spin-off. So far, Toby Jones and Bill Nighy have reportedly been conscripted to play blustering martinet Captain Mainwaring and his laconic adjutant Sergeant Wilson respectively. But who should fill the boots of Pike, Jones, Frazer and the other members of the Hitler-defying platoon? We’ve pointed our bendy arrows at the following corners of IMDb. Don’t even thank us.

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The Dad's Army Movie: Our Dream Recruits | Lance-Corporal Jack Jones
LANCE-CORPORAL JACK JONES

Originally played by: Clive Dunn
Dream casting: Sylvester McCoy

The doddery but usually delightful Lance-Corporal Jones provided Clive Dunn with many of the BBC show’s scene-stealing moments. He’s the local butcher in Walmington and a veteran of wars distant past, prone to delivering the occasional, ahem, unfortunate racist epithet it would be safe not to expect in any modern film, and deliverer of such abiding catchphrases as “Don’t panic!” and “They don’t like it up ‘em”. Here we’d plump for Sylvester McCoy purely for his comic chops, air of absent-mindedness and the ample opportunity it would afford to use our new ‘Radagast the Khaki’ line.

 

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Daniel Mays for Walker every time. He's got "cheeky cockney chappy" nailed. I'd go with Tobey Jones for Godfrey and Bill Nighy for Sergeant Wilson. More

Posted by Dr Oatman on Thursday May 8, 2014, 12:59

2 Dad's Army
Daniel Mays for Walker every time. He's got "cheeky cockney chappy" nailed. I'd go with Toby Jones for Godfrey and Bill Nighy for Sergeant Wilson. More

Posted by Dr Oatman on Thursday May 8, 2014, 12:54

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Not sure on Freeman, the rest could work but maybe not the best. Some great shouts in the comments though! Capaldi as Frazer could be a great version and David Mitchell as the Vicar is inspired! It depends on what they want to do with the films I guess. More

Posted by Kalielyn on Wednesday May 7, 2014, 20:52

4 Dads Army
You forgot The Vicar David Mitchell Mrs Pike Camille Coduri More

Posted by pinewoodlodge on Friday May 2, 2014, 17:41

5 Dad's Army
David Jason as Jones - it was apparently between him & Clive Dunn first time round, & how about about Ian Lavender as Godfrey. Billy Connolly as Fraser ? More

Posted by ehoma on Friday May 2, 2014, 17:31

6 RE: Bob Hoskins...
Yeah, I was shocked to find that out so soon after suggesting that. Shows how much his career prevailed in peoples minds right up to the end though. More

Posted by MissingLink101 on Thursday May 1, 2014, 13:12

7 Bob Hoskins...
...actually would've been perfect for Hodges. Funny you should mention that today Missinglink101 since it's just been announced he died. Very sad news. More

Posted by stenton on Wednesday April 30, 2014, 13:49

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Broadbent for Godfrey is the only one of these that made me say "yes!". Frazer HAS to be played by a Scot - John Hannah would get my vote (assuming Capaldi is too busy off in his Tardis). McKenzie Crook for Pike, Jude Law for Walker. More

Posted by linzzdg on Tuesday April 29, 2014, 20:14

9 How about?
I'll go for... Lance-Corporal Jack Jones = Gary Oldman, with aged makeup like the original actor had, Private James Frazer = Billy Connolly, Private Joe Walker = Michael Fassbender (just getting flashbacks to when he first appears in Inglorious Basterds), Private Charles Godfrey = Timothy West, Private Frank Pike = Daniel Radcliffe, ARP Warden William Hodges = ...hmm that's a tough one. I would've said Bob Hoskins if he hadn't retired, but maybe a left field Ben Kingsley, Anthony Hopkins or Michael Gambon would've been a good Manwaring too. More

Posted by MissingLink101 on Tuesday April 29, 2014, 18:43

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Wouldn't consider Blake Harrison or Martin Freeman right for those parts. More

Posted by Rohan_Gotobed on Tuesday April 29, 2014, 16:09

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Appart from Broadbent, none of those are really a fit for the characters... and even Broadbents a bit of a stretch. More

Posted by GrizBe on Tuesday April 29, 2014, 14:56

12 hahaha
Jim Broadbent as Godfrey is genius. More

Posted by chris wootton on Tuesday April 29, 2014, 14:05

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