The commando unit in which Ian Fleming served during World War II is the subject of a new film starring Sean Bean and Danny Dyer. Out on 20th May 2011 in the UK, the movie charts the beginnings of 30 Commando, the precursor to the SAS.
The small band of special forces drops into Norway to capture new radar technology from the Germans. They are caught in the midst of a fierce dogfight and crash land in a battered Norwegian village where Nazis have been mercilessly executing civilians.
The true story was brought to life by a week of gruelling training with modern day commandos. Director Adrian Vitoria said:
“We had commandos, real British commandos, work on this project. They helped us and they played members of the SS. They are all ex-military men who have worked in Iraq and Afghanistan and have seen real action. Their contribution to this film was great and I think if anything it’s given them an opportunity to see what we do in filmmaking and understand why it takes so long and why we can’t include every single detail in the finished edit. They’ve educated us in the workings of warfare.”
Ian Fleming was codenamed 17F and served as a Commander during World War II. His literary character, James Bond, bore many similarities to the author himself, including an Eton education. Fleming formed the first commando unit with the intention of going behind enemy lines. The SAS was formed shortly afterwards, based on the successes of Fleming’s “Red Indians”.