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.