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Norway Cold War spy film planned. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are teaming up to make the thriller based on the true story of James Donovan, reports say. The film is about a US attorney recruited by the CIA to negotiate the release of American pilot Francis Gary Powers, whose Lockheed U-2 spy plane was shot down on the way to northern Norway’s Bodø. Powers took off at Peshawar in Pakistan on 1st May 1960 with a flight plan over the Ukraine’s Sverdlovsk to land at the Norwegian airport.

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Norway Cold War spy film planned

Published on Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014 at 08:54 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 23rd April 2014 at 09:39.

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are teaming up to make the thriller based on the true story of James Donovan, reports say.

USAF Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady
American pilot Gary Powers was shot down over the Ukraine in an aircraft of this type on his way from Pakistan to Norway. Picture prepared for Wikipedia by Adrian Pingstone in April 2003.USAF Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady
Photo: U.S. Air Force photo/WIkimedia Commons


The film is about a US attorney recruited by the CIA to negotiate the release of American pilot Francis Gary Powers, whose Lockheed U-2 spy plane was shot down on the way to northern Norway’s Bodø.

Powers took off at Peshawar in Pakistan on 1st May 1960 with a flight plan over the Ukraine’s Sverdlovsk to land at the Norwegian airport.

His mission was to photograph the missile launch sites and other vital military establishments.

Soviet missiles damaged his U-2 aircraft as he entered Soviet airspace at 65,000ft near Sverdlovsk, however.

Powers, who managed to parachute to safety, was captured almost immediately. The Russians threatened to destroy all Norwegian airports.

Powers wearing a pressure suit
Powers wearing a pressure suit
Chernov/Чернов/Wikimedia Commons
The pilot had the facilities to destroy both the U-2 and its intelligence payload. He also carried a lethal dose of curare for suicide, but used none of these.

Powers was tried for espionage on 17th August 1960 and pleaded guilty. Judges sentenced him to three years imprisonment and seven years hard labour.

He was later exchanged for Soviet KGB Colonel Genrikhovich Vilyam Fisher (Rudolph Ivanovich Abel) at the Glienicker Bridge in Germany on 10th February 1962.

Returning to the US, Powers was criticized for failure to destroy his aircraft and payload and for not committing suicide.

He appeared in front of a Senate Armed Services Select Committee hearing in March 1962 after being debriefed by the CIA.

It was concluded that Powers had obeyed orders and attempted to mislead Soviet interrogators without releasing any crucial information.

Bodø was a base used by the Americans, according to subsequent information. Northern Norway, which had been a target during the Cold War, was a supplier of raw materials in 1945.

Rudolph Abel
Rudolph Abel
FBI mugshot/Wikimedia Commons
The region gradually received cash and equipment to build up defence, surveillance stations, military bases and coastal fortifications were built to protect the Northern area as the Soviet Union began to emerge as a new world power.

Collaboration between NATO and the US helped Norway and the area develop a close relationship. American U2 spy planes made landings in secrecy in Bodø.

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ proposed untitled Cold War film will be the fourth project both have collaborated on.

Hanks appeared in Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, with the first two being major commercial hits.

Spielberg is currently working on several projects which include “Robopocalypse” and “Montezuma”.

Meanwhile, the fate of this Cold War thriller is uncertain.

The harbour in modern day Bodø
The harbour in modern day Bodø
Mount73/WIkimedia Commons
“DreamWorks poured cold water on the Cold War project when Deadline inquired a couple weeks ago after hearing it might be next for Spielberg,” the publication’s Matt Charman jr. wrote.

“In this one, Hanks would play James Donovan, a prominent American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to slip behind the iron curtain to negotiate the release of a pilot captured when his U2 spy plane is shot down over Russia.”

British playwright Matt Charman wrote the script and Mark Platt is set to produce the film alongside Spielberg.



Published on Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014 at 08:54 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 23rd April 2014 at 09:39.

This post has the following tags: norwayfilm, coldwar, kgb, stevenspielberg, tomhanks, bodo.


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