Richard Lester's rendition of Alexandre Dumas' classic swashbuckling adventure is a tongue-in-cheek comedy that thumbs its
nose at its more serious predecessors. Having divided the story into two separate films, Lester manages to capture some of
the more intricate details of book.
The first film features the arrival of D'Artagnan in Paris and his efforts to become a King's Musketeer, just like his
father before him.
In Paris he encounters three men who quickly become his friends and allies. Together they get entangled in court intrigues,
and take up arms against the plotting, conniving Cardinal Richelieu.
In the course of duty, they travel to England, where they try to preempt a scandal involving some diamond studs, the Duke
of Buckingham and the reputation of the Queen of France.
Spike played the part of the husband of Raquel Welch (Lucky Spike!)
Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, Faye Dunaway, Spike Milligan