Operation Crossbow (1965): Michael Anderson’s British Spy Thriller, Featuring International Cast, Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Trevor Howard

Michael Anderson directed Operation Crossbow, a fictionalized British spy thriller about the real Operation Crossbow in WWII, starring George Peppard and Sophia Loren.

The tale, which is rather complex (and a bit confusing due to lack of focus), was written by Emeric Pressburger (using the pseudonym Richard Imrie), Derry Quinn and Ray Rigby from a story from Duilio Coletti and Vittoriano Petrilli.

The scenes alternate between Nazi German developments of the V-1 flying bomb and V-2 rocket, with a German cast speaking their own language, and British Intelligence and its agents attempting to defend against the threats.

The film was later re-released as “The Great Spy Mission.” 


TCM showed this film on November 23, 2019.