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Aboard the cargo vessel converted into a luxury cruise ship SS Campari somewhere in the Caribbean is lying in port due to a succession of delays. Chief Officer Johnny Carter, who has to put... See full summary »
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The novel this book was based on, Alistair MacLean's 1966 "When Eight Bells Toll", was MacLean's 11th novel and the sixth one to be adapted into a film. See more »
The helicopter crash is strong enough to break the tail beam while Calvert who is not even wearing a safety belt (and is upside down in the cabin) is virtually unharmed. He would have broken numerous bones at the least. See more »
It seems that the whole world and their dogs know of Commander Bond, who takes his martinis shaken and not stirred, has his dalliances with the ladies, and manages to save the world before dawn.
Agent Calvert (played most suitably by Anthony Hopkins) is how I believe Bond should have been. Both are Commanders of the British Navy I believe, both educated 'working class' and with both, you get a sense of being slight sociopaths. Don't get me wrong, I really am a fan of the Bond genre, but this performance by Hopkins seems gritty and more realistic a character and compares quite favourably to the Bond character played by other actors.
There is some great dialogue between the upper middle class boss of Agent Calvert (Uncle Arthur played by Robert Morley) and Agent Calvert, which helps keep interest in the film between the action scenes. Compared to many of the scenes produced by action heroes of the last 10 years, some are a little dated, although there were still enough to keep me interested.
Nathalie Delon was a great choice as the leading lady requiring rescue from the sea (were her intentions good or bad?), and its a pity that most outside of her native country did not see much more of her in other things.
One of my personal favourite pieces of work by Anthony Hopkins.
If you're an action fan, I still think this is worth a look. Long overdue a worthy remake I think.
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