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Guns of Navarone, The (1961)

Gregory Peck’s stalwart band of Blighty’s finest heroes risk life and limb to destroy huge German gun emplacements threatening Allied ships in the Aegean and rescue a garrison of stranded soldiers.

The six-man commando team consists of mountaineer Captain Mallory (Peck), humanitarian explosive’s expert Corporal Miller (David Niven), Greek resistance fighter Andrea Stravos (Anthony Quinn), British Major Franklin (Anthony Quayle), young marksman Private Pappadimos (James Darren) and ruthless killer CPO Brown (Stanley Baker).


Meeting them along the way are resistance leader Maria (Irene Papas), who is Pappadimos’ older sister, and Anna (Gia Scala), a beautiful Greek girl who was tortured by the Germans.

There’s little love lost between Mallory and Stavros in their ongoing conflict over leadership, especially when it becomes known that there’s a traitor in their midst. Maria weeds out the traitor, but there are still those guns to take care of . . .

A bloody hand-to-hand skirmish between the good guys and the Nazis, an enormous tidal wave, and scenes of heart-stopping tension ensue as our heroes brave the elements whilst scaling a treacherous sea-facing cliff.

Derring-do adventure at its finest, this tale of heroism and good old death-or-glory courage was absolutely dripping with 60’s post-war patriotism.

The Guns of Navarone has a righteous cause, a fiendish foe, impossible odds and will have you pulling imaginary salutes to your commanding officer as the film reaches its glorious finale.

Filmed on location in Rhodes by veteran director J. Lee Thompson, and noteworthy for Bill Warrington’s Oscar-winning special effects, Carl Foreman adapted his screenplay from Alistair MacLean’s best-selling novel. There was a less than successful 1978 sequel, Force Ten From Navarone.

Future Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant (a former wrestler) body-doubled for Anthony Quinn during filming.

Capt. Keith Mallory
Gregory Peck
Col. Andrea Stavros

Anthony Quinn
Cpl. John Anthony Miller

David Niven
‘Butcher’ Brown

Stanley Baker
Maj. Roy Franklin

Anthony Quayle
Pvt. Spyros Pappadimos

James Darren
Maria Pappadimos

Irene Papas

Gia Scala
Justice Commodore Jensen

James Robertson Justice
Squadron Leader Howard
Richard Harris

Bryan Forbes
Maj. Baker

Alan Cuthbertson

Michael Trubshawe

J. Lee Thompson