Thursday, January 19, 2017

War Film 7: The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

A sleepy English village is thrown into the centre of the action when a crack troop of Germans arrives, in disguise, to carry out a kidnap plot against Winston Churchill. This fictional 'secret war' encounter, written by Jack Higgins, stars Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Jean Marsh and others and features a captivating mix of behind-the-scenes intrigue and in-yer-face action. Click the image below to listen to the podcast (28.4MB, 1 hour 6 mins).

Recorded Monday 30 May 2016, edited by Murray Ewing.

Notes and Errata: The Geneva Convention came into force in 1931, so was in effect during WWII. 'I Was Monty's Double' was a real-life account written by M. E. Clifton James and published in 1954; it was adapted into a film in 1958 and included a scene at the end where the Germans attempt to kidnap the false Monty.

Purchase the DVD from Amazon UK: The Eagle Has Landed (1976).