Fear Is The Key


An Ian Fleming figure forever in search of his 007, Alistair MacLean (Where Eagles Dare) must have wept when he saw his charged revenger’s tragedy turned into a kitschy, car chase-heavy filler thriller. Still, the film has some aces up its (denim) sleeve. Underwater salvage expert-on-the-run Barry Newman (Vanishing Point) makes a satisfactorily slap-happy Bronson stand-in, Ben Kingsley (with hair!) smoulders with brittle menace in his debut, and the clammy, oxygen-starved climax aboard a sub is a triumph. Time for a Bourne-style update?


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