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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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Duncan Sandys, a character in this movie played by Richard Johnson, was a real-life person. Sandys was Chairman of the British War Cabinet Committee for the Defence against German rockets and flying bombs. He was the son-in-law of British wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill and was wounded during the Second World War in Norway in 1941 which resulted in him having a permanent limp.
MGM executives did not know the German characters would be speaking German (with subtitles) until they saw the rough cut; they wanted to have the German dialogue dubbed into English, but director Michael Anderson persuaded them to keep the subtitled dialogue.
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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