So we have a pretty good list of movies and books going, but for me it's all about the characters. I love creating their back story, describing their look, & planning out their attitudes. I would like to know your favorite swashbuckling character AND which version? What about that particular character drew you to them?
For me it's Porthos from the 1973 Richard Lester masterpiece: The Three Musketeers. Frank Finley played the boisterous bruiser to near perfection. The only way Porthos could be better is if he were played by BRIAN BLESSED himself.