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Operation Crossbow (1965) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Michael Anderson and produced by Carlo Ponti.

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On Blu-ray: Action and Suspense in Operation Crossbow (1965) and The World, The Flesh and the Devil (1959)

By KC on Feb 5, 2020 From Classic Movies

Operation Crossbow (1965) This fast-paced, intense action thriller makes better use of its big cast than your typical all-star production. It plugs its characters into the story with smooth logic and always with an eye on moving the narrative forward with satisfying efficiency. The film is loosely ... Read full article


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This film's title is the same code-name for the real World War II spy mission, which was code-named "Crossbow". After the Second World War, because of this movie's title, reference to these events popularized them as being "Operation Crossbow".
George Peppard was under contract with MGM and was desperate to be released from it. MGM agreed provided that he make one more film for them which turned out to be Operation Crossbow.
For the section of the film where RAF Bomber Command raid the Peenemunde rocket research site the producers used the Avro Lancaster PA474 used by the Cranfield institute of technology. PA474 was painted in 83 squadron colours in the summer of 1964 for the movie. PA474 now flies as part of the RAF Battle of Britain memorial flight.
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