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When Eight Bells Toll (1971)

In a vein similar to Bond movies, a British agent Philip Calvert is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

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(screenplay) (as Alistair Maclean)
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Sir Arthur Artford Jones ('Uncle Arthur')
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Charlotte
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Roy Hunslett
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Lord Charnley
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Lavorski
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Lt. Williams - Helicopter Pilot
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Tim Hutchinson
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Sue Kirkside
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Capt. Imrie
Oliver MacGreevy ...
Quinn (as Oliver Macgreevy)
Jon Croft ...
Durran
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Lord Kirkside
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Sgt. Macdonald
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In a vein similar to Bond movies, a British agent Philip Calvert is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

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26 March 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite das Oito Badaladas  »

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The 8/20/69 edition of "Daily Variety" reported that Jay Kanter would be performing executive producer duties on this film, but his name does not appear in the credits. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film Calvert fires a rocket-powered grappling-hook to help scale the cliff. This is clearly attached to a box of thin twine which is shown rapidly emptying as the rocket heads upwards. When the hook lands and catches onto the base of a cannon, the twine has magically evolved into a 1 inch thick rope which Calvert then uses to climb the cliff. See more »

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[Uncle Arthur staggers out of a cabin, looking very seasick]
Uncle Arthur: Boats would be wonderful... if only one didn't have to go to sea in them.
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Bond on a low budget
19 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Recently, I've been commenting on films I haven't seen for years. At my age, It just seems about right to remark films that left decided impressions on me, many years ago.

As one reviewer remarked, this film was released shortly after Sean Connery's last appearance in the original James Bond series, with "Diamonds Are forever". I know of more than one friend who finds "DAF" an entertaining film. I was appalled when I first saw it and I am still appalled, a truly wretched film, and prophetic of the dip in class in the Bond films represented by Roger Moore.

So I was utterly delighted when I saw this film in an old movie-house in my home town a short while later. The experience was so pleasurable, I still remember that it was a snowy night, but not too cold; I remember the original poster advertising the film; and I remember that I felt personally disappointed that so few others were in the audience

  • the film disappeared within a week.




Hopkins' performance especially made the film memorable. I can still see his walk, how he carried a machine-gun, and his wry, somewhat jaded smile.

Everything about the film is "Bond on a low budget"; and the fact that MacLean actually wrote the script tells me that this was probably intentional - the Bond films, after all, had borrowed heavily from earlier films based on Maclean novels, while at the same time effectively burying them - "The Guns of Navarone" is well-remembered, but only brought out of mothballs for the Turner Movie Channel every now and again, but everyone owns a copy of "Goldfinger".

Yet it is this quality - which I recognized at once on initial viewing
  • that endeared the film for me forever - Producer Albert Brocolli had


turned Bond into a clown; MacLean returned my hero to me as I always imagined him.

I think that says something positive about this one.


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