Operation Mincemeat–Historic World War II spy story gets a Netflix update

A British-led counter-intelligence operation calculated to deceive Nazi Germany during World War II that involved Allied coordination among the likes of Winston Churchill, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, and British intelligence officer Ian Spelling is getting a new adaptation.  Coming in May, Netflix will premiere the new war movie Operation Mincemeat, detailing a plot to throw the Axis off the scent of Britain’s invasion and liberation of Sicily using a dead body with faked documents dropped off the coast of Spain.  If its sounds familiar it’s because you may have seen the popular 1956 drama The Man Who Never Was starring three-time Oscar nominee Clifton Webb as the key character in the story, Ewen Montagu, who planned and carried out the ruse, and wrote the novel the original film was based upon.

Oscar-winner Colin Firth steps into the lead role this time, joined by an impressive genre star cast including Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter series, Star Trek Discovery), Kelly Macdonald (Brave, Harry Potter series), Mark Gattis (Sherlock, Doctor Who), Mark Bonnar (Shetland, Doctor Who), Penelope Wilton (Shaun of the Dead, Doctor Who), Rufus Wright (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Shetland, The Watcher in the Woods, Quantum of Solace), and Johnny Flynn (Emma.) as Ian Fleming.

Here’s the trailer for Netflix’s Operation Mincemeat:

Operation Mincemeat is not based on Montagu’s novel or the earlier 1950 novel Operation Heartbreak, but Edgar Award and Agatha Award finalist Benedict Macintyre’s 2010 book Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II The film is directed by Oscar nominee John Madden who directed Shakespeare in Love and the trilogy of Star Wars radio dramas in the 1980s and 1990s.

Operation Mincemeat comes to Netflix (and it will have a limited theatrical release) on May 11, 2022.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg

Leave a Reply