Vísir 16th June 1973

‘Buy a summerhouse at Þingvallavatn and set fire to it –
Conditions for filming the Bagley film taking place in the summer’.

Desmond Bagley Icelandic media article from Visir 16th June 1973.

The intention is to check which are the best locations in the country for the filming of Út í óvissuna [Running Blind] in July.

said Gísli Gestsson from the film company Viðsjá, in an interview with Vísir yesterday.
Út í óvissuna is a novel written by Desmond Bagley and is set in Iceland.

The intention now is to film the story up here in Iceland, and it will take place in the summer of 1974. Preparations have already started and Ian Rodger, who has just written the final episode of Elizabeth R, was here recently and has written the screenplay.

Geoffrey Reeve is well known film producer and will produce the film.

Geoffrey Reeve and Ian Rodger will come here in July, but the author of the novel has had a heart attack and now cannot come along.

We will travel around the country, where the story takes place, starting from Keflavík travelling north to Akureyri, then to Ásbyrgi and Öskju and then south through the highlands to Vestmannæjar and Vík in Mýrdal, but there will probably be changes in the script. The screenplay differs slightly from the novel.

Út í óvissuna is very similar to novels written by Alistair MacLean, there is a lot of tension with many people being killed before it ends. We also plan to set fire, with all necessary precautions, to a summer house at Þingvallavatn, though it is not in the National Park.

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  1. ‘Kaupa sumarbústað við þingvallavatn til að kveikja í honum’; Vísir 16 June 1973, p. 20; © DV ehf.