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John Madden – Operation Mincemeat

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20 years after Shakespeare in love, John Madden directs Colin Firth again in a true war story hiding the origin of 007.

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews John Maddend, director of the film Operation Mincemeat.

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It looks like a surreal story but it is based on true facts, Operation Mincemeat, directed by John Madden. The film had its world premiere in Malaga, its italian premiere in Bari at the Bif&st and will be released in theatres in May 12 with Warner Bros. The director confirms the film served also as an origin story to Ian Fleming’s James Bond/007. Operation Mincemeat oddly sees the participation of two formers Mr Darcy(s), Firth and Matthew Macfadyen and manages to build the suspence even though you can read from history books how the Operation ended, during World War II.

Operation Mincemeat: It’s 1943. The Allies are determined to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe and plan an all-out assault on Sicily; but they face an impossible challenge – how to protect a massive invasion force from potential massacre. It falls to two remarkable intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew Macfadyen), to dream the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war – centred on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man.

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    John Madden
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Operation Mincemeat
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