|Nobody Runs Forever|
|Directed by||Ralph Thomas|
|Produced by||Betty E. Box|
|Written by||Wilfred Greatorex|
Rod Taylor (uncredited)
|Based on||novel The High Commissioner by Jon Cleary|
|Music by||Georges Delerue|
|Edited by||Ernest Hosler|
The Rank Organization
|Distributed by||Rank Film Distributors|
Cinerama Releasing Corporation
Nobody Runs Forever, also called The High Commissioner, is a 1968 political neo noir spy thriller film directed by Ralph Thomas 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 Selmur Productions.
Sergeant Scobie Malone (Taylor) of the New South Wales Police (NSW Police) is summoned to Sydney by the gruff Premier of New South Wales, Mr Flannery (played by an uncredited Leo McKern). (The character of Flannery may have been based on Sir Robert Askin, the controversial Premier of NSW at the time.) Flannery asks Malone to travel to London, to arrest the senior Australian diplomat in London, Sir James Quentin (Plummer), 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 (Lilli Palmer) and her husband, as well as Sir James's secretary (Camilla Sparv). Sir James does not object to being arrested, but 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 (Daliah Lavi).
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.