Who Dares Wins 1982


A rising star from UK TV hit The Professionals, the late Lewis Collins blew, by his own admission, his audition for silver screen immortality as James Bond. His career fizzled out in random gung-ho war films like Commando Leopard and Codename Wildgeese, but his finest hour was as SAS commander Peter Skellern in producer Euan Lloyd’s follow up to The Wild Geese. Ripped from the headlines, specifically the Iranian Embassy siege of 1981, Who Dares Wins sees Skellern infiltrate a CND peace movement that’s a front for the nefarious activities of Frankie Lloyd (Judy Davis). Ian Sharps’ film takes its time, but the final storming of the US embassy provides a cracking finale to a decidedly of-its-time thriller, with Collins commanding throughout. Known in the US as The Final Solution.



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