No Time to Die
|No Time to Die|
US release film poster
|Directed by||Terence Young|
|Produced by||Irving Allen
Phil C. Samuel
|Written by||Richard Maibaum
|Based on||story by Merle Miller|
|Music by||Kenneth V. Jones|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
A tank commanded by American Sgt. David Thatcher (Victor Mature) is hit and he and driver Trooper "Tiger" Noakes (Anthony Newley) bail out. The squadron's attached reconnaissance vehicle, commanded by Sgt. Kendall (Leo 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.
- Victor Mature as Sgt. David Thatcher
- Leo Genn as Sgt. Kendall
- Anthony Newley as Noakes
- Bonar Colleano as the Pole
- Luciana Paluzzi as Carola
- Sean Kelly as Bartlett
- Kenneth Fortescue as Johnson
- Anne Aubrey as Italian girl
- George Coulouris as Camp commandant
- Alfred Burke as Captain Ritter
- David Lodge as Maj. Fred Patterson
- Maxwell Shaw as the Sheikh
- Alan Tilvern as Silverio
- George Pravda as German Sgt.
- Percy Herbert as 1st British soldier
- Kenneth Cope as 2nd British soldier
- Robert Rietty as Alberto
- Martin Boddey as Gestapo Colonel
- Richard Marner as German colonel
- Peter Elliott as Italian officer
- Julian Sherrier as 2nd Italian officer
- Robert Bruce as Italian driver
- Bob Simmons as Mustapha
- Andrea Malindrinos as Italian cook
The film was based on a 1954 novel by Ronald Kemp. Warwick Productions bought the film rights in 1955 and tried to get Montgomery Clift to star. Sy Bartlett was assigned to write the script.
In March 1957 Merle Miller was hired to rewrite the script. Then Richard Maibaum did a draft. The script eventually became about five Allied soldiers, two Englishmen, a Pole, an American and an Australian, who escape an Italian POW camp in the Second World War.
Alan Ladd was mentioned as a possibility as star. In April 1957 Terence Young arrived in Hollywood to find two American leading men for the film. Van Johnson, who had just made a film with Young, was a leading contender. Jeff Chandler turned down the role (and fee of $200,000).
In August 1957 Victor Mature signed a two picture contract with Warwick, No Time to Die and The Man Inside.
No Time to Die featured authentic war time Cromwell tanks as well as post-war Centurions and Charioteers 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.
Sean Kelly was a South African actor who had been signed by Warwick to a seven year contract.
- Display Ad 45 -- No Title The Observer (1901- 2003) [London (UK)] 17 Oct 1954: 9.
- "NOVELS.. REVIEWED BY GORDON STEWART This school was tough". The Argus (Melbourne). Victoria, Australia. 13 August 1955. p. 40. Retrieved 8 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
- 'No Time to Die' Bought for Clift; Heflin Will Star in 'Distant Paths' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 16 July 1955: 15.
- REPUBLIC TO FILM SERLING TV PLAY: Studio Acquires 'Taps on a Bugle,' Third Work Sold by Author of 'Patterns' By THOMAS M. PRYORSpecial to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 16 July 1955: 12.
- Of Local Origin New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 13 Mar 1957: 25.
- MOVIELAND EVENTS: Mature, Genn Will Migrate to Desert Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 Sep 1957: C9.
- 'No Time to Die' Likely for Ladd; Western Film Proposed for Brando Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 30 Mar 1957: B3.
- 'No Time to Die' Bids for Americans; Cooper Classic Soon to Start Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 18 Apr 1957: C13.
- Johnson Ponders London Film Role Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 31 May 1957: a3.
- Bernice Block Will Produce Shocker Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 15 Aug 1957: B8.
- STUDIO SUSPENDS KIM NOVAK PACT: Columbia Acts After She Refuses Paramount Role-- Debbie Reynolds to Star Nature Has Its Way Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 31 Aug 1957: 18.
- Newcomers Win Capital Film Breaks; Robinson to Enact Mad Bomber Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 09 Feb 1957: B3.