TITLE: THE RED BERET
FORMAT: British Quad (30 x 40 inches)
STARS: Alan Ladd, Leo Genn, Susan Stephen. Director: Terence Young.
NOTES: This British war film based on the combined operations raid on the German radar station at Bruneval is noteworthy for several reasons. Not least of these is the connection with the James Bond films. The Red Beret was produced by Cubby Broccoli and directed by Terence Young. Almost 10 years later the same combination were to make the first Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962 and there are a few devices used in this movie that were to become trade-marks of the later Bond movies (such as the scene where one of the characters enters an office and throws his hat onto the hat peg). The Red Beret is referenced in the book Cubby Broccoli The Man Behind Bond. That aside, it is also an excellent war movie, with Alan Ladd playing a Shane like character accompanying British paratroopers and a radar expert whose mission is to land behind German lines and bring parts of German radar equipment back to England. It was based on a true story. The poster is rare.
CONDITION: Grade B. Staining along fold lines. A few spots of paper lift around Alan Ladd's credit. Tape marks at white borders. Archival paper reinforcement to reverse side of folds. Folded, as issued.