Director Andrew V. McLaglen’s 1978 actioner, The Wild Geese kicks-off with James Bond-esqe titles (courtesy of Maurice Binder) and the musical stylings of Joan Armatrading’s Flight of the Wild Geese.
Starring Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Kruger and Stewart Granger, the film sees a group of old military types hired to cause trouble in central Africa.The film kicks-off with ‘the Geese’ flocking together before they hit Africa for a bit of old fashioned boys own action. It’s totally preposterous, but the cast give it their all, adding some depth to what should be a superficial tale.
McLaglen stages the action well and it’s surprisingly violent at times. Ironically, the stand-out actor is Roger Moore, who packs quite a punch as Shawn Flynn. He plays the part deadly straight, and one has to wonder what direction the James Bond series would have went if he had delivered this sort of performance.
This promo image shows the cast of The Wild Geese in preparing for action. According to Wikipedia, the film grossed $1.6 million at the US box office in 1978.