Released from a British prison, an American is hired as an electrician for a London bank but his criminal acquaintances show-up and force the reluctant Yank to join them as the inside-man in a well-planned bank heist.
A Man Called Intrepid tells for the first time the full story of British Security Co-ordination, the international allied intelligence agency of World War 2 whose work has been a closely guarded secret for the past sixty years. Accounts include top level wartime undercover operations including the breaking of the German Enigma code and the race for the atomic bomb. It is a gripping true story of extraordinary personal heroism and sacrifice in the face of war.Written by
This film's Art Director Keith Wilson once said of his quest to find an original Enigma coding machine for the production: "The secrecy surrounding Enigma is one of the most fascinating achievements of World War II. For over thirty years no one in the know said or wrote anything at all about the acquisition of the German code machine. All of which, of course, made my job more difficult! My search for Enigma wasn't as crucial as [William] Stephenson's, but as the filming got under way and the Enigma machine seemed as untraceable as ever, it began to take on something of the same urgency. Finally, I visited an old mate of mine who hires out props to film companies, and for the hundredth time I asked the same question: 'Don't suppose you have an Engima machine?' The usual response was total puzzlement, but he replied quite calmly: 'No, but I know where you can get one.' And he did, too." See more »
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This is a wonderful mini-series about a lesser known part of World War II, and a man who contributed to the creation of Office Of Strategic Services (later to become Central Intelligence Agency).
This shows the "true" story of the training and preparation of spies and saboteurs for work in France. They were recruited and then shipped to Ontario, Canada to a secret base called Camp X near the great lakes. There they were given in depth training for missions behind enemy lines.
While the novel "A Man Called Intrepid" was a ground-breaking work in its time, later researchers have taken away a lot of its credibility.
I remember watching this mini-series in its original broadcast and loving it. Sir David Niven brought a certain class to the project, though he has almost nothing in common with the real William Stephenson.
Barbara Hershey was stunning and heroic.
Paul Harding was mesmerizing as the German torturer. I will always remember his request for a prisoner to kneel before the firing squad. Before the defiance of his "charge" he explains. "It is not symbolic, merely efficient". And with one line is summed up the brutality of the Nazi regime.
Catch it if you can on DVD or re-broadcast on the history channel.
try rarewarfilms.com as this was never officially made available.
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