“Operation Mincemeat” looks like a classic British spy story and for the most part, well, it is. It’s based on the true story of wartime daring and valour, includes a superb ensemble like Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen and has a director in John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love,” the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” movies) who’s established his reputation with exactly this kind of robust, old-fashioned material.

Besides being a James Bond origin story, “Operation Mincemeat” is a spy thriller. 007 author Ian Fleming was one of the British spies behind this odd idea, which would lead to the creation of the legendary 007 character. In other words, if you’ve ever pondered what inspired the likes of M and Q, you’re in for some entertaining revelations here! He’s a charming actor and singer, Johnny Flynn, who plays Fleming in the film and narrates its dramatic narrative, backed by the clickety-clack of his typewriter. However, it’s understandable that the budding novelist would want to jot down some thoughts. There’s no way I can eat any of this.

Operation Mincemeat Release date

Cinemas in the UK and the US will screen Operation Mincemeat on April 15, 2022, while Netflix will broadcast the film on May 11, 2022.

It’s one of the year’s best releases in terms of entertainment value. For a complete evaluation of Operation Mincemeat, please see our in-depth report.

Plot of Operation Mincemeat

An incredible true story about two World War II intelligence operatives who used a dead body and fake papers to trick German forces in 1943 is the inspiration for the film.

Fortress Europe will be a target for the Allies during these events. Even yet, they face an impossible task: protecting an enormous assault force from entrenched German artillery and averting a likely slaughter.

Speaking about the plot, director John Madden said: “In the context of WW2 narratives, the story of Operation Mincemeat is unique — a bizarre and seductive cinematic blend of high-level espionage and ingenious fiction, where the stakes could hardly be higher

Cast of Operation Mincemeat

Ewen Montagu, a Naval Intelligence Officer, is played by Colin Firth. Bond author Ian Fleming (Johnny Flynn) is joined by Kelly MacDonald (Jean Leslie), Matthew Macfadyen (Charles Cholmondeley), Penelope Wilton (Hester Leggett), Lorne MacFadyen (Roger Dearborn) and Jason Isaacs (Naval Officer John Godfrey) in the cast.
Bentley Purchase, a physician and barrister, is played by Paul Ritter, best remembered for his role in Friday Night Dinner. After he passes away in 2021, this will be his final role in a film.

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