In this World War II action thriller, an unlikely group of commandos and partisans (including Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford and Barbara Bach) must overcome scant supplies and thwart a traitor to destroy a bridge vital to the Germans. Based on a novel by Alistair MacLean and directed by Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger), this movie is a rip-roaring action ride.
Born and raised in France, British director Guy Harrison learned his craft as an assistant director apprenticing with the likes of Julien Duvivier (“Anna Karenina” 1948), Carol Reed (“The Fallen Idol” 1948, “Outcast of the Islands” 1951), Orson Welles (“The Third Man” 1949) and John Huston (“The African Queen” 1951). A competent craftsman, he showed early promise with “Manuela/The The Stowaway Girl” (1957) and “A Touch of Larceny” (1961), both of which he co-scripted. But time revealed him to be at his best with spy movies such as the underrated “Funeral in Berlin” (1966) and his four James Bond pictures. Hamilton helmed the superb “Goldfinger” (1964) and reteamed with Sean Connery’s Bond for “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971). In 1973 and 1974, he guided Roger Moore through his paces in Moore’s first attempts at playing 007 in “Live and Let Die” and “The Man with the Golden Gun”. Hamilton’s work in the series demonstrated clearly the director’s economy and cynical wit. Following his Bond… read more