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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Location: Tabernas - El Condor Fortress - Interior

Part 3 of 4

After checking out the exterior and courtyard, it was time to venture into the most recognizable building of the El Condor set; Chavez's Quarters.  This interior was part of the location set, and featured the downstairs office with fireplace that led to the "gold", as well as the upstairs bedroom know for Marianna Hill's infamous striptease.

Chavez's Quarters

I carefully checked out the bottom floor in 2015, and it was in complete ruin after 45 years.  Much of the set was very recognizable, but had been modified numerous times over the years for subsequent productions that took place at this location.  I did not attempt to go upstairs as it looked like the floor was about to collapse.

Some comparisons below-

 Jaroo enters from outside

 Chavez tells Jaroo where the gold is

 The staircase to the bedroom

Opposite side of the fireplace; the entrance to the gold cave

Pictures of the bottom floor as it appears now.  Click to enlarge.

Although I could not get to the upstairs, here is a comparison shot of the outside window where the infamous striptease appeared.

The fireplace as it appeared in A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die (1972)

1 comment:

  1. Very fascinating. Too bad the set is so shaky that you can't go upstairs. Marianna Hill certainly distracted Patrick O'Neal's men. I've wondered if Clint Eastwood saw that film. Clint was some ladies man back then and soon Hill was in one of Clint's films.

    To me El Condor was the end of the roll Lee was on that began with For A Few Dollars More. The quality of the films in which Lee appeared was up and down after El Condor