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When Eight Bells Toll (1971)

In a vein similar to James Bond movies, 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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Etienne Périer (as Etienne Perier)

Writer:

Alistair MacLean (screenplay) (as Alistair Maclean)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Philip Calvert
Robert Morley ... Sir Arthur Artford Jones ('Uncle Arthur')
Nathalie Delon ... Charlotte
Jack Hawkins ... Sir Anthony Skouras
Corin Redgrave ... Roy Hunslett
Derek Bond ... Lord Charnley
Ferdy Mayne ... Lavorski
Maurice Roëves ... Lt. Williams - Helicopter Pilot
Leon Collins ... Tim Hutchinson
Wendy Allnutt ... Sue Kirkside
Peter Arne ... Capt. Imrie
Oliver MacGreevy Oliver MacGreevy ... Quinn (as Oliver Macgreevy)
Jon Croft Jon Croft ... Durran
Tom Chatto ... Lord Kirkside
Charlie Stewart ... Sgt. Macdonald
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In a vein similar to James Bond movies, 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite das Oito Badaladas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The movie's finale replaces Alistair MacLean's original detective-style summation with a big shoot-out. See more »

Goofs

During the customs inspection, the hijackers are dressed as customs officers. However, only one of them is wearing the cap badge of a Customs & Excise officer. The other is wearing the cap badge of a Royal Navy Officer. When this man leaves the boat (the other hijacker not being visible) his cap badge has now changed to a Customs & Excise badge. 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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a rather likable piece of work
19 November 2006 | by gbenskinSee all my reviews

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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