|Nobody Runs Forever|
|Directed by||Ralph Thomas|
|Written by||Wilfred Greatorex|
Rod Taylor (uncredited)
|Based on||The High Commissioner|
by Jon Cleary
|Produced by||Betty E. Box|
|Edited by||Ernest Hosler|
|Music by||Georges Delerue|
The Rank Organisation
|Distributed by||Rank Film Distributors|
Cinerama Releasing Corporation
Nobody Runs Forever, also called The High Commissioner, is a 1968 British political neo noir spy thriller film directed by Ralph Thomas and based on Jon Cleary's 1966 novel The High Commissioner. It stars Rod Taylor as Australian policeman Scobie Malone and Christopher Plummer as the Australian High Commissioner in Britain caught up in corrupt dealings, during delicate negotiations. Taylor's production company was involved in making the film, as was the American company Selmur Productions.
Sergeant Scobie Malone of the New South Wales Police (NSW Police) is summoned to Sydney by the gruff Premier of New South Wales, Mr Flannery, who asks Malone to travel to London and arrest the senior Australian diplomat in Britain, Sir James Quentin, High Commissioner to the UK. Sir James, a political rival of the Premier, has become the only suspect in a 25-year-old murder case.
Upon his arrival at the Australian High Commission in London, Malone meets Lady Quentin and her husband, as well as Sir James's secretary. Sir James does not object to being arrested, but he asks for a few days to conclude delicate peace negotiations. As Malone waits as a guest of the High Commission, he uncovers a plot to assassinate Sir James, masterminded by the head of a dangerous spy ring, Maria Cholon.
In August 1966 Cleary said Frank Sinatra was interested in buying the film rights.
Film rights were sold in December 1966.
Filmed in Australia and London, this was the last big-screen appearance of Franchot Tone, who plays the American ambassador.
Rod Taylor has a rare opportunity to play an Australian, even though that is his native land. Taylor's unsophisticated integrity is contrasted with the London diplomatic scene throughout the film.
Taylor accepted the role on the proviso he could rewrite some of the script. In particular, the opening scene where Scobie Malone arrests Jacko (Charles Tingwell) is Rod's work.
Ralph Thomas later said "I was a hired hand" on the film; "It was ok".
There were several key changes from the novel, including:
The film earned rentals of $455,000 in North America and $150,000 elsewhere. It recorded a loss of $1,185,000.
It recorded admissions in France of 44,083.