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).


  1. Sorry (again) that this took so long to post. It was recorded in May 2016 and I couldn't find the time to edit it - thankfully Murray stepped up with a bit of spare time and we've been able to publish. Hopefully (fingers crossed) it won't be so long before the next one ...

  2. No matter how long it takes, always enjoy hearing you both. :-)