Before he became the hunky Jamie Fraser in the Starz historical drama series Outlander, Scottish actor Sam Heughan auditioned for the role of James Bond around the time Daniel Craig was cast as 007.
In SAS: Red Notice, he effectively plays the part, with a large chunk of John McClane thrown in for good measure.
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Heughan's action man is Tom Buckingham, a suspended special forces operator, who is taking his girlfriend, Dr Sophie Hart (Hannah John-Kamen), on a train ride from London to Paris to propose.
When their train is inside the Channel Tunnel, heavily armed mercenaries known as the Black Swans, and led by Ruby Rose’s Grace Lewis, seize control and hold all on board hostage.
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Lewis then threatens to blow up the Channel Tunnel and declare economic war on a British government that has its fair share of secrets to keep. The Black Swans had been utilised by Westminster to clear out a Georgian village to make way for a gas pipeline under the instruction of the Prime Minister (Ray Panthaki).
Unarmed and cut off from the rest of his counter-terror team (led by Andy Serkis's George Clements), Tom is the only hope that Sophie and the other passengers have to make it out alive.
It’s all great fun - and very Die Hard in a train tunnel, with plenty of action and the odd twist to sprinkle a little salt on the visual popcorn.
Heughan and Rose are fine antagonists, as their characters are very similar, just on opposite sides of the law, and while the script could’ve been written on the back of a beer mat, it’s a tense two hours and quite a rollercoaster ride.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by former SAS operator Andy McNab, SAS: Red Notice will certainly keep you amused while waiting for the days when we can see stuff like this in the cinema once again.
SAS: Red Notice, a Sky Original film, airs on Sky Cinema and NOW TV from March 12