Ever notice how often Princess Bride comes up in casual conversation! Either 1) someone quotes the movie: (likely candidates: “Inconceivable”, “he/she/it is only mostly dead”, various references to different substances as iocaine powder, “As you wish”, “I do not think that means what you think it means”, “anybody want a peanut”,”You mocked me once – never do it again”, “Have fun storming the castle”, “Never go up against a Cecilian when death is on the line”, “Life is pain, highness”, “R_O_U_S’s”, “…..an MLT – mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich”, “There have been five great kisses since….”, and of course “mawwage… mawwage is whut bwings us togedddoh today”).
Storybook Love, the Princess Bride Theme Song, conjures up magical memories of Buttercup and her “farm boy” Westley for us die-hard fans…
(I could go on… I always enjoy quotes from this classic Rob Reiner film.) The other typical way the movie comes up is 2) one of us asking “have you seen Princess Bride?” or commenting about it’s genius, or comedic value, and so forth.
The arranger of Storybook Love, Mark Knopfler, is perhaps most well known as a member and creative force in the rock band Dire Straits. Their first album received little fanfare until “Sultans Of Swing” was released as a single in Norway, where it became a hit. After that, album sales skyrocketed in Europe, and eventually the United States and Canada. Knopfler was also active in country music from time to time, forming “The Notting Hillbillies” in 1988, and among other collaborations, recording an album together with Emmylou Harris in 2006.
And here’s an honor of sorts that I daresay no one else who ever reads this will share: he has a species of dinosaur named after him, Masiakasaurus knopfleri! As the story goes, the paleontologists happened to be listening to Knopfler’s music when it was discovered.
Additional tidbits on Knopfler – he played on an early Bob Dylan record; Dylan was quite impressed with his guitar work. He later co-produced and played on the 1983 Dylan album titled “Infidels.” Dire Straits reformed in 1988 and were the headline attraction for a tribute to Nelson Mandela commemoration his 70th birthday. Backing acts (!) at this Wembley Stadium event included Eric Clapton and Elton John. Sadly, I don’t think Knopfler played the Princess Bride Theme song at the concert….