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When Eight Bells Toll (1970)

Country: United KingdomDirector: Etienne PerierStarring: Anthony Hopkins, Nathalie Delon, Robert Morley, Jack Hawkins, Corin Redgrave, Derek BondMusic: Angela Morley (as Walter Stott)Based on the novel by Alistair MacLean Hannibal Lektor as a secret agent! I’m sorry but Anthony Hopkins performance as ‘Hannibal The Cannibal’ was so successful, and much imitated, that it has now moved […]

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Where Eagles Dare (1968)

Director: Brian G. HuttonStarring: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Ingrid Pitt, Derren Nesbitt, Patrick Wymark, Michael Hordern, Anton Differing, Robert Beatty, Donald Houston, Peter Barkworth, William Squire, Neil McCarthy, Brook WilliamsMusic: Ron GoodwinBased on the novel by Alistair MacLean It is often a fine line between some war films and some spy films, but […]

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Detonator II: Night Watch (1995)

AKA: Night Watch, Alistair MacLean’s Night Watch Directed by David S. Jackson Pierce Brosnan, Alexandra Paul, William Devane Music by John Scott Night Watch is director David S. Jackson’s follow up to Detonator: Death Train. Once again it is based on an Alistair MacNeill novel, from outlines left by Alistair MacLean at his death. While […]

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Breakheart Pass (1975)

AKA: Alistair Maclean’s Breakheart PassDirector: Tom GriesStarring: Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, Jill Ireland, Ed Lauter, Charles Durning, David HuddlestonMusic: Jerry GoldsmithBased on the novel by Alistair Maclean Breakheart Pass is a weird hybrid, partly Western, partly ‘whodunnit’, and finally spy thriller. But mostly it is pure old fashioned seventies entertainment. But not quite […]

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Detonator: Death Train (1993)

Director: David S. Jackson Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Stewart, Christopher Lee, Alexandra Paul, Ted Levine Music: Trevor Jones AKA: Death Train, Alistair MacLean’s Death Train This film is often referred to as Alistair MacLean’s Death Train. Writer Alistair MacLean has a solid track record when it comes to espionage movies with successful versions of Guns […]

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The Satan Bug (1965)

Director: John Sturges Starring: George Maharis, John Andersen, Martin Blaine, Henry Beckman, Richard Basehart, Dana Andrews, Anne Francis Music: Jerry Goldsmith Based on the novel by Ian Stewart (a pseudonym for Alistair MacLean) Film director John Sturges has an amazing track record. Particularly during the sixties when he made some of his most famous films, […]

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