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North Sea Hijack

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The bad guys, led by Anthony Perkins, have hijacked a service ship, planted mines around the bases of two oil rigs, and threaten to blow both of the mega-expensive things up unless they are given the money in 24 hours. Made between his shifts as James Bond, North Sea Hijack features Roger Moore on top form as a very different sort of hero. The action also seems more realistic than most films, a no point do our heroes go in all guns blazing instead they negotiate with the criminals until they are ready to go in stealthily. Perkins is an unusual choice for the role of mercenary, and the similarities between his and the subsequent Tommy Lee Jones character from "Under Siege" won't go unnoticed as he spends most of the movie sitting in a chair directing proceedings in situ, essentially a non-participant of the ensuing action. His face and his eyes are wildly expressive throughout all 99 minutes of this adrenalin-laced, nail-biting thriller.

There are some well delineated scenes, such as an exciting sequence in which a couple of ships crew try to poison their captors but are found out and killed. while government minister Tipping is obviously Michael Heseltine but this contrasts with such ridiculous things as no one seemingly to have heard of the Special Boat Squadron ( the naval SAS )and instead we're supposed to believe that Ffoulkes freelance outfit would be assigned a task like this . Long before Bruce Willis saved Nakatomi Plaza, Roger Moore was involved in this rescue of a 2billion pounds worth British Oil rig in the North Sea.

Supplements are limited to a trailer and an audio commentary track, this time featuring film historians Howard S.

Moore is brought in to thwart them, and plays a tense psychological games with his adversaries, constantly provoking them and second guessing their actions whilst trying to ascertain the most effective way to attack them aboard their vessel. With his original plan thus upset, ffolkes persuades the Prime Minister to have the ransom helicopter drop off a bomb on Esther in case his team fails to take out Kramer's gang in time. Because "North Sea Hijack" is really all about Roger Moore the rest of the cast don't really make an impression, which in some ways is a good thing. Perkins' last words to Moore, as Perkins is dying, pinioned to a chair by a harpoon: "I still don't like your face. The canteen on the set of North Sea Hijack, there's the principal players sitting around having a drink.In comes wealthy and eccentric Roger Moore to lead a crack team of commandos to stop the fiendish plan. If you've seen Roger Moore as The Saint, as 007, as any other character, even if you haven't liked him, you'll enjoy him as "ffolkes," the cat-loving misogynist of this movie. Moore is perhaps underrated nowadays, but I think he was expert in light comedy and in amusing adventures. Just like "Moonraker" (1979), James Bond actor Roger Moore seemed to watch out for a new role opposite to his cool gentlemen-like 007 fame. I suppose you're one of those fellows who does The Times crossword puzzle in ten minutes," remarks Admiral Brindsen.

John Richardson, who worked on the visual effects of Moore's Bond film Moonraker that same year, supervised the elaborate miniature effects. I'm guessing that's what attracted him to the role of Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes, because though North Sea Hijack is a nice action, adventure film, it's nothing out of the ordinary. First, the James Bond star sports a thick beard, knits when thinking, and refuse to be proved wrong.

It is however quite enjoyable on its level, which is that of a fairly straightforward and formulaic thriller with some dashes of humour.

His final moments in the movie have since become a tiresome cliché of such thrillers but, when the movie was new, his last scene was a startling surprise. Roger Moore did this movie in between "Moonraker" and "For you eyes Only" and it was a nice departure from the Bond character.Rufus Excalibur ffolkes (Roger Moore) is an eccentric, misanthropic ex-British Army officer who has his own team of highly trained underwater commandos, ffolkes' fusiliers.

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