Eye of the Needle

Date: 1981
Director: Richard Marquand
Production Company: UA / King's Road

Stars: Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, Christopher Cazenove, Ian Bannen
Location(s): Marylebone, London, Scottish Isles

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A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.

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Canal, no actors.

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Walsham Gates Lock on the River Wey Navigation near Ripley near Woking in Surrey, identified and proved by Keith Woods. (SJ)

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As above: looks like the weeds have grown. (SJ)

Gasworks, no actors.

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These gasworks have appeared in many a Sweeney episode though new development is closing in on them. Ii is difficult to get quite the right lens to match this but I think the building on the left has had it corner shaved off, which is the bit we can see in the "then". To my right is the bend seen in the "now" SJ

Imperial Road, SW6. SJ.

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And here is the only surviving bit of wall closer to the containers on Imperial Road. SJ

Station, no actors. What do my staff think they're doing? Marylebone. SJ.

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Nice "period" shot of Marylebone Station though. SJ.

An additional still provided by Keith Woods ahead of a probable revamp of this title. This is seen in the closing sequence.

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"I watched this film on recent holiday to Mull and found much was located on around Treshnish. Looking at aerial photos I am sure this identifies exactly the contours of those in the film. I have highlighted in red the position of the lighthouse (built specifically for the film) grid ref:- 56°32'37.9"N-6°20'16.4"W.". SJ