The Eagle (of the Ninth) | A celts-and-centurions film?

Tahar Rahim as a prince of The Seal People in The Eagle film 2011

There is a  brief mention of The Eagle film from Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the Ninth in an article by Jonathan Romney about actor Tahar Rahim who played The Seal Prince.

Strangest of all was the Celts-and-Centurions swashbuckler The Eagle, for British director Kevin Macdonald. Rahim played the Seal Prince—shaven-headed, covered from head to foot in loam, and speaking ancient Gaelic.

Prompted by Feona Beoney  on Twitter, I am much taken with the new label ‘celts-and-centurion swashbuckler’, especially the celts-and-centurion phrase (although ‘swashbuckler’ is perhaps not right, since it reeks of pirates and the sea!). Better than sword(s) and sandal.

The Eagle:  Poster of the film of Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth

Source: Tahar Rahim: ‘I’ve always refused to play terrorists’ | The Observer.

4 thoughts on “The Eagle (of the Ninth) | A celts-and-centurions film?

    Hello Mr. Lawton,
    I’m following up on a note I sent you a couple of weeks ago. It’s about BLOOD AND SAND. Did you receive it?


  2. “Centurion” with Michael Fassbender
    “Boudica (Warrior Queen)” with Alex Kingston as Boudica
    “King Arthur” with Clive Owen as Arthur
    “The Last Legion” with Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley
    “Druids” (about Gallic war leader Vercingetorix) with Christopher Lambert

    Sure there must be heaps more, but that’s all that comes to mind at the moment


    • Thanks Anne. Boudica, and The Last Legion are ‘new’ to this; others too have urged King Arthur, Centurion, Druids—also called The Gaul. Also Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia (2012)


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