But that doesn’t answer the point @Jukin made. In the wounded solider scene at the end of GBU Leone lets Blondie put on the very poncho Joe wears at the opening of Fistful. This is hardly incidental. By doing so it seems that Leone himself used the poncho as a linking device.
As for Eastwood’s Peacemaker, it is only natural that it was replaced for GBU by the older Navy Colt. Even if Leone was not peculiar as to the “historical correctness” of guns, he (or someone else on the production) probably thought it not appropriate to use a gun for GBU which was introduced years after the civil war was ended. And by, at that point, choosing a Navy Colt with a silver rattlesnake grip, Leone once more creates a (small) link to the first dollar films.
Otherwise I agree that [quote=“stanton, post:428, topic:307”]
There is no continuity in the films and no connection between those. It is the same guy somehow, but on the other hand it is not the same guy, but just a variation of the former films.
But if it’s “the same guy somehow”, I think it’s fair enough to say that GBU was a prequel to the others, in the sense that it is a film “whose narrative takes place before that of a preexisting work in the same series”, which was the point I think @Jukin started out with.