No Time to Die
|No Time to Die|
|Directed by||Terence Young|
|Produced by||Irving Allen
|Written by||Richard Maibaum|
No Time to Die is a 1958 film about an American sergeant in the British army during World War Two.
In North Africa during World War II a squadron of British tanks is destroyed in battle by panzers of their German adversaries, the tank which is commanded by American Sgt. David Thatcher (Mature) is hit and he and his tank's driver Trooper 'Tiger' Noakes (Newley) bail out. The squadron's attached reconnaissance vehicle, commanded by Sgt. Kendall (Genn), becomes stuck in the sand and the crew bail out too. The three survivors are quickly captured and transported to an Italian run POW camp. Thatcher has a secret and tries to escape at every turn. Puzzled by this the German laison officer, Hauptmann Ritter (Burke), makes enquiries and finds out that Thatcher is wanted by the Gestapo for an attempt to kill Joseph Goebbels years before. Before the Gestapo officer can arrest Thatcher, Noakes and Kendall escape along with a Pole (Colleano) and an Australian (Kelly) in the camp's ambulance. Making their way down the coast towards Alexandria they stop at an Italian cafe where Thatcher and Noakes had been billeted earlier in the desert campaign, after a run in with some Italian soldiers which leads to the cafe owner's (Paluzzi) death they leave and resume their journey.
When they later stop to rest up the group are captured by Arabs who kill Bartlett and take the rest to their camp, at the camp the Sheikh contacts the Gestapo and makes a deal with them. The Gestapo (Boddey) arrive along with Ritter and torture Thatcher, much to the horror of Ritter who is an honorable soldier. Ritter helps Thatcher's party escape then commits suicide before the Gestapo can get to him. The group escapes but Kendall and the Pole are seriously wounded and the Gestapo officer is killed.
The group comes upon a lone panzer and Thatcher, Noakes and the Pole kill its crew only for the Pole to sacrifice himself. Stealing the panzer, driven by Noakes, Thatcher and Kendall head towards Allied lines but get caught up in another tank battle. The panzer is hit and they are forced to abandone it, Kendall dies of his wounds and Thatcher and Noakes join up with a British tank squadron who win the battle. The film ends with Thatcher and Noakes burying their comrade Kendall.
No Time to Die featured authentic war time Cromwell tanks as well as post war Centurion's and Charioteer's as both British and German tanks. In the opening battle Leo Genn commands an AEC Armoured Car and wears the beret of the Cherry Pickers.