|year: 1978 cast: Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford, Edward Fox, Carl Weathers, Franco Nero rating: ***1/2|
The viewer must suspend disbelief to truly enjoy the lightweight yet involving odyssey as both missions intertwine, and you never really know which peripheral character's on the right side, adding intrigue and a fair amount of suspense. Carl Weathers adds an edgy blaxploitation element, eventually going up against a lethal Richard Kiel, whose voice was subbed in post production.
While it's much too easy for our heroes to traipse around Nazi-ridden Yugo without being killed, there are enough snags (like being captured twice by easily-tricked Germans) that you'll either forget or embrace the fact that, for better or worse, this is complete fantasy. And that's a good thing when you have gun fights, knife fights, big explosions, and an ensemble dream cast.
|Four James Bond parallels in FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE|
James Bond director Guy Hamilton isn't the only 007 connection to FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE. Three Bond alumni appear in the film, two villains and one Bond girl: Richard Kiel who played Jaws in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME; Barbara Bach from the same movie; and Robert Shaw, the classic heavy from FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.
|Carl Weathers, Edward Fox, Harrison Ford|
|Franco Nero, Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Edward Fox, Carl Weathers|
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