Wednesday 14 April 2021

Where Eagles Dare: Snowballs at Dawn!

It’s nice to know that even during the filming of an epic adventure such as Where Eagles Dare, there was still time for a bit of fun in the snow. Here is a selection of photos which capture both Clint and actor Darren Nesbitt in a staged snowball fight. Our Where Eagles Dare expert Neil Thomson reliably informs me that there were two still photographers who worked on the film, 1st unit was John Jay whilst 2nd unit was John Silverside. It is the general opinion that John Jay (1920-2005) was most likely responsible for taking these fabulous shots.

Brixton born Jay enjoyed a long career as a photographer and worked on films that included Born Free (1966), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Last Valley (1971), Straw Dogs (1971) and Star Wars (1977).

These great images capture a real sense of fun while shooting on location and in testing conditions. Let’s hope some more will eventually emerge over time.