Saddam’s Big Cinematic Spectacle

In 1980, Saddam Hussein commissioned a biopic about his 1959 assassination attempt on Iraq’s prime minister. He enlisted a legendary James Bond director and cast his own son-in-law to play him.


In 1980, a six-hour epic called Long Days (Al-ayyam al-tawila) was released about Saddam Hussein’s 1959 attempt to assassinate Iraqi prime minister Abd al-Karim Qasim. It was directed by Egyptian filmmaker Tewfik Saleh and edited — and possibly codirected — by Terence Young, the legendary British filmmaker behind three of the first four James Bond films. Commissioned […]

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