Sword of Honour (2001)


Introduction

Sword of Honour is a 2001 British television film directed by Bill Anderson and starring Daniel Craig.

Scripted by William Boyd, it is based on the Sword of Honour trilogy of novels by Evelyn Waugh, which loosely parallel Waugh’s own experiences in the Second World War.

Refer to Sword of Honour (1939) and Sword of Honour (1986).

Outline

Guy Crouchback, heir to a declining English Roman Catholic family, returns to England from Italy at the start of World War II, and joins the Royal Corps of Halberdiers along with various eccentrics, though his attempts to get back with his wife Virginia, from whom he is separated, fail. After being implicated in a colleague’s death, he is sent to train a commando brigade on a Scottish island, and ends up on Crete, taking part in its evacuation, and escaping to Egypt with fellow officers Ludovic and Ivor Claire. He is returned to England courtesy of Mrs. Stitch, to possibly prevent him from naming Claire as a deserter. Guy marries Virginia a second time, by which time she has a child by ex-lover Trimmer. While Guy is in Yugoslavia having a confusing time with the partisans, Virginia is killed, along with Guy’s uncle Peregrine, by a doodlebug bomb. Guy returns to England after getting involved in charitable agencies, and eventually remarries.

Cast

  • Will Adamsdale … HOO headquarters officer.
  • Nick Bartlett … Popforce soldier.
  • Christopher Benjamin … Doctor.
  • Jane Bertish … Mme Kanyi.
  • Peter Blythe … General Graves.
  • Nicholas Boulton … Bertie.
  • Monica Brady … Hotel receptionist.
  • Tim Briggs … Sergeant Glass.
  • Selina Cadell … Angela Crouchback.
  • Rebecca Cardinale … Italian woman.
  • Katrin Cartlidge … Julia Stitch.
  • Simon Chandler … Major Irvine.
  • Josh Cole … Sapper Captain Beech.
  • Richard Coyle … Trimmer McTavish.
  • Daniel Craig … Guy Crouchback.
  • Julian Rhind-Tutt … Ian Kilbannock.

Trivia

  • Edinburgh was one of the locations for filming.
  • Julian Rhind-Tutt worked with Bond Actor Daniel Craig in The Trench and Sword of Honour.
  • Aired as a two-part miniseries by Channel 4 on 02 and 03 January 2001.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Bill Anderson.
  • Producer(s):
    • John Chapman … executive producer.
    • Peter Fincham … executive producer.
    • Catriona McKenzie … commissioning editor.
    • Gillian McNeill … producer.
    • Ronaldo Vasconcellos … line producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • William Boyd.
    • Evelyn Waugh … novel.
  • Music:
    • Nina Humphreys.
  • Cinematography:
    • Daf Hobson … director of photography.
  • Editor(s):
    • Joe Walker.
  • Production:
    • TalkBack Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
    • America Video Film (2007) (Argentina) (all media).
    • America Video (2007) (Argentina) (all media).
    • Argentina Video Home (2007) (Argentina) (DVD).
    • Argentina Video Home (2007) (Argentina) (VHS).
    • Channel 4 Television Corporation (2001) (UK) (TV).
    • Future Film (2007) (Finland) (DVD).
    • Millennium Storm (2007) (Italy) (DVD) (TV).
    • e-m-s the DVD-Company (2007) (Germany) (DVD).
  • Release Date: 02 January 2001 to 03 January 2001 (UK).
  • Running time: 3 hours 28 minutes (total running time).
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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