Nigel Green (b. 15 October, 1924 in Pretoria, South Africa, d. 15 May, 1972 in Brighton, England) was a British character actor.
The son of a professor, Green attended King's College School, Wimbledon and London University followed by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and appeared on stage at the Old Vic before making his first forays into British films in the mid-1950s. Early film roles included Reach for the Sky (1956), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), and as Hercules in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). However, his profile was raised dramatically following his co-starring role as the Colour Sgt. in Zulu, a film which helped to typecast him in military roles in further films such as Khartoum (1966), Tobruk (1967), Fräulein Doktor and Play Dirty (both 1969), although it also brought leading roles in films including The IPCRESS File (1965), The Face of Fu Manchu (1965) (as hero Sir Denis Nayland-Smith) and Deadlier Than the Male (as villain Carl Petersen). Perhaps his wildest...
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The Kremlin Letter is a 1970 film, released by 20th Century-Fox. Directed by John Huston from a screenplay that Huston co-wrote with Gladys Hill (adapted from the novel by Noel Behn), the film is a complex tale of intrigue and espionage set in the days of the US-Soviet Cold War.
O'Neal plays a naval man drafted into the secret service because he has a photographic memory and is able to speak fluent Russian. He is given the task of retrieving the eponymous letter. Helping him is a motley team of undercover (and underworld) sorts, including Richard Boone as O'Neal's superior, charming and menacing both at the same time, George Sanders as a drag artist, and a beautiful safecracker (who opens safes with her feet while lying on her back), played by Barbara Parkins, with whom O'Neal falls in love. The characterizations and the acting are first-rate. Huston, who also plays a small role, directs with a deceptive touch of nonchalance that seems to imply wariness and uninvolvement but in fact,...,
Tobruk is a 1967 war film set in North Africa during the Western Desert Campaign of the North African Campaign of The Second World War. It is a fictionalized story of Operation Agreement, and tells of 83 men, members of the British Army’s Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) and the Special Identification Group (SIG), who embark on a mission to destroy the fuel bunkers of Erwin Rommel’s Panzer Army Africa in Tobruk. Photographed in Technicolor using the Techniscope format, shot in Almería, Spain and the United States, the film was written by Leo Gordon, and directed by Arthur Hiller. This 1967 production contains many spectacular action sequences, stunts and explosions. It is a typical WW2 fictional blockbuster action movie, which were popular in the 1960s. It is comparable with such war films as The Dirty Dozen, Where Eagles Dare and The Guns of Navarone. In September 1942, with the troops of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel “90 miles from” the Suez Canal, the staff of the British Eighth...
The IPCRESS File was the first spy novel by Len Deighton, published in 1962.
It was made into a film in 1965 produced by Harry Saltzman and directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Michael Caine as the protagonist.
The plot involves mind control: the acronym IPCRESS stands for "Induction of Psycho-neuroses by Conditioned R eflex under str ESS". The novel also includes scenes in Lebanon and on an atoll for a US atomic bomb test, as well as information about Joe One, although these elements were not in the film version.
Deighton's protagonist, as in all sequels, is nameless. He works for some secret agency of the government, but has a great deal of autonomy. He is quite paranoid about his situation. He keeps an "escape package" containing money, a false passport and other documents, circulating in the mail. Once a week he picks up the package from an accommodation address, a seedy London shop, and re-mails it to that address in a fresh envelope.
He is also a gourmet who enjoys good...,
Zulu is a 1964 adventure film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and the Zulus. The film was made by Diamond Films and distributed by Embassy Pictures in the US and Paramount Pictures overseas. It was co-written, produced and directed by Cy Endfield, co-produced by Stanley Baker, Basil Keys and Joseph E. Levine as executive producer. The screenplay was by John Prebble based on his article, the music by John Barry and the cinematography by Stephen Dade.
The film stars Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins with Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Nigel Green, Paul Daneman, Glynn Edwards, Patrick Magee and Michael Caine (in his first starring role). The opening and closing narration is spoken by Richard Burton. The film has sometimes been compared to a Western movie, with the traditional roles of the United States and Native Americans taken by the British and the Zulus respectively. While lacking any significant Zulu point of view, the film...
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