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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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Cast

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Sir Arthur Artford Jones ('Uncle Arthur')
Nathalie Delon ...
Charlotte
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Roy Hunslett
Derek Bond ...
Lord Charnley
Ferdy Mayne ...
Lavorski
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Lt. Williams - Helicopter Pilot
Leon Collins ...
Tim Hutchinson
Wendy Allnutt ...
Sue Kirkside
Peter Arne ...
Capt. Imrie
Oliver MacGreevy ...
Quinn (as Oliver Macgreevy)
Jon Croft ...
Durran
Tom Chatto ...
Lord Kirkside
Charlie Stewart ...
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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30 April 1971 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite das Oito Badaladas  »

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SEK 2,201,563 (Sweden)
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According to stuntman Bob Simmons's 1987 book 'Nobody Does It Better: My 25 Years of Stunts With James Bond and Other Stories', Simmons helped actor 'Anthony Hopkins' slim down and prepare for the lead role of Phillip Calvert in this film, a character who was a frogman, commando and Royal Naval officer. See more »

Goofs

When gunmen shoot at a helicopter which is supposedly crashing, the smoke disappears into their guns. This shows the film was run backwards and the helicopter was taking off. In the film's trailer (available with the DVD) the shot is run correctly. See more »

Quotes

[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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when eight bells toll - a superb Hopkins vehicle
3 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

watching this film for the first time, I'm enjoying this flick enormously, Philip Calvert as a hard man who gets the job the done, isn't afraid to disobey orders and with the wonderful Robert Morley as his boss.

as i write it its all very James bond, Hopkins handling the job very well, Morley hamming it up as only he can.

like all Alastair McLean films - I'm finding it very watchable, a pity no more films about Calvert's exploits have been made, as he is everything James bond is, without the gimmicks, and its all home based, no flash locations - just a man with a job to do and he ain't afraid to bend the rules to do it.

I'm half way in to the film - i don't want it to end ..


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