Kick In Some London Embassy Windows in ‘6 Days’
Upcoming film depicts 1980 counterterror raid
Icon Films just released the teaser trailer for 6 Days, a film dramatization of the Iranian embassy siege in London 37 years ago. In the summer of 1980, Iranian separatists held hostage 26 people inside Iran’s embassy in London. British Special Air Service commandos stormed the building after six days.
The trailer begins with contemporary news footage talking about the Summer Bank Holiday weekend, during which the SAS launched its now-famous raid. The trailer cuts between scenes of the Khūzestān separatists bursting into the embassy and the negotiator Max Vernon, played by Mark Strong. These clips are interspersed with a graphic of the embassy’s floor plan and details of the siege.
Jamie Bell plays Rusty Firmin, the leader of one of the two SAS assault teams. The trailer shows members of the SAS teams moving into position to enter the embassy — preparing to abseil, breeching a door, blowing in a window. The window-breeching became the iconic moment of the raid when it was captured and broadcast live by the world’s media.
The weapons and kit seen in the trailer appear to be period-accurate. The SAS carry MP5s and MP5SDs, while the terrorists appear to be armed with Czech Sa vz. 23 submachine guns. The raid that ended the siege came to define the SAS. Scenes of the black-clad special forces dramatically bursting into the east London embassy cemented their reputation as an elite counterterrorism force and made them a household name.
6 Days isn’t the first film to depict the siege. The 1982 film Who Dares Wins — released in the United States as The Final Option — used the siege as inspiration for its climactic finale.
Toa Fraser directs from a screenplay by Glenn Standring that is presumably based on Rusty Firmin’s 2010 book Go! Go! Go!: The Definitive Inside Story of the Iranian Embassy Siege. 6 Days is due in theaters in August 2017.