Who Dares Wins
Lewis Collins, then coming off the long running TV show, The
Professionals, must have seen this vehicle as something of an audition
for taking over from Roger Moore as James Bond. At the time the actor
was the bookmaker's favorite for stepping into the shoes of 007 and the
actor himself heavily campaigned for the role. As it worked out Moore
stayed for another couple of Bond movies and by the time he hung up the
Walther, Collins was no longer favorite.
Dares Wins, known in the US as The Final Option, was based largely on
the Iranian Embassy Siege - Collins plays Peter Skellen, an SAS agent
who has an elaborate cover created, in which he is thrown out of the SAS
in order to infiltrate a militant group. Skellen does this in best Bond
fashion by seducing the groups female leader. And then pretty much
blowing up everything that moves.
film was the third highest grosser of that year in the UK and a sequel
was planned but unfortunately it never came to fruition but Who Dares
Wins, holds up well and the action scenes are excellent.
The film won't
tax your brains but it's a great action movie.
And you know what - Collins would have made a great James Bond.