Made at an early stage in Anthony Hopkins’s film career, this Alistair MacLean adventure gave him a rare opportunity to play an action hero.
In a story adapted by MacLean himself, Hopkins plays Philip Calvert, a single-minded naval agent who is sent, with his aide, to investigate the piracy of gold-bullion ships in the Irish Sea.
Their quest leads them to a Scottish coastal town, where they soon find their lives are in danger.
Calvert is intent on doing the job without falling for the high-life distractions that other spies are prone to. Consequently, he comes across as rather charmless and we find ourselves longing for more of Robert Morley’s delicious comic turn as Hopkins’s spymaster.
Sir Arthur Arnold-Jones (‘Uncle Arthur’)
Sir Anthony Skouras