I finally watched The Grand Duel a couple of weeks ago, and it was a beauty. A couple of less-than-necessary tit-shots aside it really felt nothing like many of the 70’s spags I’ve seen, felt much more traditional. When Lee Van Cleef is doing his Mortimer thing he’s pretty unstoppable, and it’s what gravitates me I think towards films like this, Death Rides a Horse, Day of Anger and obviously For a Few Dollars More. Peter O’Brien was enjoyable enough in a somewhat acrobatic role and Horst Frank almost steals the show as David, the villainous “New” patriarch of the nasty old Saxon family (NOTE: Oh! He played the “Old” patriarch in the flashback scenes too! Didn’t realise that). Suitably slimy-yet-dangerous. But: what was up with the younger Saxon brother’s face? The foppish, gay one in the white gloves (he was bloody good too, btw)? Did he just have bad skin or was he supposed to be exhibiting signs of the plague, or some sort of buckshot scar or something?