Morgunblaðið 6th March 1973

‘Bagley’s Bestseller to be filmed here – The estimated cost is 360 million. kr.’

Desmond Bagley Icelandic media article from Morgunbladid 6th March 1973.

Look for the story of Desmond Bagley Out into the unknown set in Iceland, that will be filmed in Iceland in the summer of 1974. The author has recently written to his publisher in Iceland, Torfi Ólafsson, and informed him of these intentions.

According to the letter, Bagley is expected to land on 11th June with his wife, film producer Geoffrey Reeve and two technicians, and they intend to stay here for a week to find a suitable locations for a film here, but it is planned that all the filming will be taken in Iceland. The author expects that the group will be 3 days in the Reykjavík and the other three days in Akureyri, as the story happens to some extent in both places. The story describes a great car chase across the highlands – from Akureyri to Reykjavík.

This story is called Running Blind in the original language enjoyed great popularity in the UK and sold about 230 thousand copies there. Bagley’s other books Gildran (The Freedom Trap); has also recently been filmed, starring Paul Newman and Dominique Sanda. That film is showing Austurbæjarbíós cinema shortly. Geoffrey Reeve, the film producer, is currently in France, where he oversees the production of Alistair McLean’s novel – Caravan to Vaccares. Reeve will plan to spend up to one and a half million pounds to make this picture, or about 360 million Icelandic króna.

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Notes

1. Morgunblaðið (1973). ‘Metsölubók Bagleys kvikmynduð hér’ (6th March 1973 pp. 31 & 32) © mbl.is / Árvakur hf.