Now that it is several years since the making of the film The Eagle (2011) of the historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth (1954) by Rosemary Sutcliff, Ipost here in a post some of the material I originally gathered as a separate page on this http://www.rosemarysutcliff.com blog.
The Eagle film (initially entitled ‘The Eagle of the Ninth)
The Eagle is the title of the film (movie) based on world-renowned historical novelist Rosemary Sutcliff’s famous historical novel – The Eagle of the Ninth. Academy award-winner Kevin Macdonald directed it; Duncan Kenworthy produced it. Channing Tatum (other films before then included G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Dear John) lead the cast, with Jamie Bell (Defiance, Jumper), Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood, Kick Ass) and Tahar Rahim (The Prophet). Jeremy Brock, BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter of Macdonald’s 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, adapted the screenplay of The Eagle from Rosemary Sutcliff’s classic novel. Read More »
For reasons I cannot divine, my Google alert for new items on <Rosmeary Sutcliff> pointed today to a 2011posting at this blog about her appearance on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs! At that time, a recording of Rosemary Sutcliff’s appearance with Roy Plomley was not available for downloading. It is now, here.
In the usual way on this radio programme, Rosemary Sutcliff talked (in October 1983) about her life and work and chose eight records to take to the mythical BBC Radio desert island. She said she chose her music just because she loved it—not everyone does, especially these PR-obsessed days. Her choices were:
- Record 1: Dvorak’s New World Symphony, played by the London Symphony Orchestra, by Istvan Kertesz.
- Record 2: “Eternal father strong to save” – Hymn.
- Record 3: L’Apres-midi d’une Faune by Debussy. Royal Philharmonic conducted by Thomas Beecham.
- Record 4: “We’ll Gather Lilacs” sung by Anne Ziegler & Webster Booth.
- Record 5: “The Flowers of the Forest” played by the pipes & drums of the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards.
- Record 6: Excerpt from “Under Milk Wood”. Polly Garter’s song.
- Record 7: “The Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams. The Boyd Kneale Orchestra. With Frederick Grinker.
- Record 8: “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach. Choir of King’s college, Cambridge, conducted by David Willcocks.
- If she could only take One Record: The Lark Ascending
- One Luxury for the island: Roy Plomley refused her request to take her beloved dogs. She chose therefore flowers, “delivered daily by bottle”.
- One Book for the island: “Kim” by Rudyard Kipling.
Read more about Desert Island Discs, and stream the episode, here
L’Aigle de la Neuvième Légion is the French film version of The Eagle film derived from Rosemary Sutcliff’s best-selling historical fiction book L’Aigle de la Neuvième Légion (The Eagle of the Ninth). Posts about the film on this blog here.
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.
Source: Tahar Rahim: ‘I’ve always refused to play terrorists’ | The Observer.
Rosemary Sutcliff‘s historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth, which by 2011 had sold more than a million copies since its appearance in 1954 (according to publisher OUP), was made into a BBC TV series shot in Aberdeenshire in the 1970s.
Rosemary Sutcliff adored the portrayal of Marcus, the hero. As I have posted before, I thought ” I probably had” old old video tapes of hers in the attic. I do not, I find now on moving house.
Some readers here and ‘likers’ of the Facebook page have lobbied for a re-release or at least DVD. I have tried. Meanwhile John has been doing sterling work respondng to requests for DvDs (see below). And now there is some action about downloading with torrents (and I have managed to dowlaod the whole series and am loving it – I last watched it I think with Rosemary).
The TV series was broadcast in six episodes.
- Frontier Fort (4 September 1977)
- Esca (11 September 1977)
- Across the Frontier (18 September 1977)
- The Lost Legion (25 September 1977)
- The Wild Hunt (2 October 1977)
- Valedictory (9 October 1977)
Very tiny excerpts here.