The Dam Busters (1955)

The film The Dam Busters premiered on 16th/17th May 1955 (the 12th anniversary of the raid), attended by numerous survivors of the raid. Overall, the film is a very good portrayal of the story of the development of the "bouncing bomb" and Operation Chastise itself (and of the characters involved in the story), but like all cinematic versions, there are some inaccuracies, omissions or inconsistencies (for whatever reason). This list gives some detail on the factual inaccuracies in the film:

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The Dambusters (remake)

A remake of The Dam Busters is a work in progress; originally announced by Sir David Frost's company David Paradine Productions in 2008, it is being produced by Peter Jackson. Though originally slated for a summer 2009 release, it remains in "development hell" and no filming has taken place due to Jackson's other film projects (although several fibreglass Lancasters are believed to have been made in New Zealand for the film).

People and companies known to be involved in the remake include:

Sir Ian McKellen has been mooted in the media as a possible Barnes Wallis, with James McAvoy and Tom Cruise as possible Guy Gibsons (although all of these actors are now far older than the characters they would portray)!

The press have already picked up on the problem of the name of Gibson's dog in the film, and Peter Jackson has said they'll be "damned-if-they-do, damned-if-they-don't"! Press reports have said that "Nidgy" or "Digger" is going to be used instead.

More information on the film is available from Wikipedia.

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