When Eight Bells Toll

When Eight Bells Toll

Etienne Périer (1971)

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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 about piracy (adapted by MacLean himself), he plays a single-minded naval agent who's 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.


A Navy intelligence agent heads to Scotland, where he poses as a marine biologist to investigate the theft of millions of pounds in gold bullion from ships off the British coast. However, the locals counter his enquiries with hostility, especially when he sets his sights on a Greek tycoon, whom he suspects may be operating as a modern-day pirate. Thriller, with Anthony Hopkins, Robert Morley and Jack Hawkins. Based on a novel by Alistair MacLean.

Cast & Crew

Philip Calvert Anthony Hopkins
Sir Arthur Arnold-Jones Robert Morley
Sir Anthony Skouras Jack Hawkins
Charlotte Skouras Nathalie Delon
Hunslett Corin Redgrave
Lord Charnley Derek Bond
Lavorski Ferdy Mayne
Helicopter pilot Maurice Roëves
Tim Hutchinson Leon Collins
Sue Kirkside Wendy Allnutt
Captain Imrie Peter Arne
Quinn Oliver MacGreevy
Dungeon guard Del Henney
Sir Anthony Skouras Charles Gray
Director Etienne Périer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Edited for violence and language. Available on: video and DVD