When Eight Bells Toll

In a vein similar to Bond movies, a British agent Philip Calvert is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland. The story is very close to the novel, and features some of the same witty dialogue – not really surprising considering Alastair MacLean elected to adapt this film himself. Some of the twists in the ending have been changed, however, and an explosive shootout replaces MacLean’s original Agatha Christie-style summation.

Brown’s Ironmongers in Tobermory was featured, along with some wonderful footage of Bloody Bay and the helicopter flying over Tobermory Lighthouse. Tobermory was also used for the filming location of the port where Philip Calvert’s (Anthony Hopkins) ship is moored.

Duart Castle and Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa were used as filming locations and Philip Calvert had a fight with two men in a graveyard which was filmed at the burial ground in Dervaig.