An SAS hero of the Iranian Embassy siege has slammed a new film about the daring mission calling it an ‘insult’ to the memory of those soldiers who took part.
Robin Horsfall said it was totally wrong for the makers of ‘6 Days’, out now in America and released in Britain later this year, to claim the film was an accurate re-telling of the events in 1980. The former SAS sniper, who helped storm the embassy and shot dead one of the terrorists during one of the most watched and admired military operations in British history, lambasted every aspect of the film.
‘I was just so angry watching the film because it was all wrong,’ Horsfall, 60, told Mail Online. ‘It was so bad I had to walk away at one point. From the supposed training missions to the actual rescue, everything in the film is wrong. Those watching it would think there were just eight people taking part. But there were five teams of eight men who stormed the embassy but they are just left out of the film. It is laughable and an insult to the memory of all those who took part.‘
The film ‘6 Days’ stars Jamie Bell as the leader of the SAS soldiers who have to rescue 26 hostages from the Iranian Embassy in London. Bell, best known for his role in ‘Billy Elliot,’ plays the character of Lance Corporal Rusty Firmin who was among of the members of the elite unit that ended the six-day long siege in dramatic style.
The counter terrorism operation was watched by millions of people on TV over the May Day Bank Holiday in 1980.
The film is based on Firmin’s book about the rescue and he was also an advisor on film which is a co-production between GFC Films and the New Zealand Film Commission.
Horsfall was particularly angry that the Jamie Bell character is seen as being the leader of the men from the ultra secretive regiment based in Hereford. ‘Those watching the film would come away with the impression that he was in charge of the whole mission,’ he said.
‘That is just wrong and is a disservice to the more senior people who were there. It also gives the wrong impression to a whole new generation of people who watch the film and take it as being what went on. What angered me most was the portrayal of the other SAS men. They all come across as grunting simple-minded men who can’t string a sentence together. When they do speak they all seem to have Scottish accents. That is not what they were like. Those taking part were all excellent, highly trained soldiers. ‘
In real life, the siege began when a group of six gunmen stormed the Iranian embassy in South Kensington, London, on April 30th, 1980. The operation was codenamed as Operation Nimrod. More details can be found here.
Why is the TV show “SEAL Team” worth watching?
Of the three major military dramas broadcasting these days on TV, the SEAL Team is the most sincere.
The TV shows (Wednesdays, 9 ET/PT, ★★½ out of four) works mostly because it’s not reaching beyond its comfort zone. Following a team of U.S. Navy SEALs carrying out covert operations with the aid of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), it’s an uncomplicated action series without twists or unnecessary spectacle, at least so far.
TV veteran David Boreanaz (Bones) plays Jason Hayes, the leader of the Tier One Navy SEALs, and he’s an intense and focused guy not unlike the FBI agent he played for so many years on Fox’s series. Jason’s home life has crumbled due to his dedication to his work, and he’s haunted by the death of a teammate on a recent mission. The cast is rounded out by Jessica Paré (Mad Men) as a CIA analyst and Max Thieriot as a young and ambitious soldier trying to make it into the Tier One unit.
The TV drama plays to the strengths of its network, and its star. The missions are simple and paint the soldiers as patriotic and unimpeachably good. In last week’s second episode, Navy SEAL flirted with bigger questions about war and the state of the world, but all in the service of its core characters. The action is sharp, clean and often close up, prioritizing the soldiers’ points of view.
The lack of sensationalism is what makes Navy SEAL a stronger entry into the military genre this fall than NBC’s The Brave and CW’s Valor. The Brave is flashy, while Valor is twisty and ill-conceived, and neither has a cast as engaging.
U.S. Navy SEAL Team is straightforward, but also enjoyable. Sometimes simple works. Take a look:
Elite Russian Special Forces in Astonishing Footage
Special Operations Forces of Russia, or SOF (Russian: Силы специальных операций; ССО, tr. Sily spetsial’nykh operatsii; SSO) are strategic-level special forces under the Special Operations Forces Command (Russian: командование сил специальных операций; KCCO, tr. Komandovanie sil spetsial’nalnykh operatsii; KSSO, or KSO) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
Formation of first units for future Special Operations Forces began in 2009 as part of the overall reform of the Russian Armed Forces. Special Operations Forces Command was set up in 2012 and announced in March 2013 by the Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov. According to Gerasimov, the SOF was designed as a strategic-level asset, whose primary missions would be foreign interventions, including sabotage and anti-terrorism operations. SOF do not belong to any branch of the Russian armed forces and are not to be confused with special forces that until 2010 were under the GRU and whose subsequent subordination appears to be unclear. Russia′s SOF are manned exclusively by professional personnel hired on contract, in commissioned officer positions.
The video compilation is showing various parts of Russian Special Operations Forces.