The Dam Busters (1955)

The film The Dam Busters premiered on 16th/17th May 1955 (the 12th anniversary of the raid), attended by numerous survivors of the raid. Overall, the film is a very good portrayal of the story of the development of the "bouncing bomb" and Operation Chastise itself (and of the characters involved in the story), but like all cinematic versions, there are some inaccuracies, omissions or inconsistencies (for whatever reason). This list gives some detail on the factual inaccuracies in the film:

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The Dambusters (2014??)

A remake of The Dam Busters is a work in progress of Sir David Frost's company David Paradine Productions. The original production schedule (for a summer 2009 release) has now slipped and (as of summer 2013) no filming is believed to have taken place and no firm release date has been announced. The budget has been reported as $40 million.

People and companies known to be involved in the remake include:

Sir Ian McKellen has been mooted in the media as a possible Barnes Wallis (though he's actually 18 years too old), and James McAvoy has also been mentioned as a possible Guy Gibson (incredibly, he's 11 years too old too) as has Tom Cruise (he's 28 years too old)!

The press have already picked up on the problem of the name of Gibson's dog (Nigger) in the film, and Peter Jackson has said they'll be "damned-if-they-do, damned-if-they-don't"! Press reports have said that "Nidgy" or "Digger" is going to be used instead.

More information on the film is available from Wikipedia.

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