Guns of Navarone, The
The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 World War II action film directed by J. Lee Thompson and based on the bestselling novel written by Alistair MacLean (Where Eagles Dare, When Eight Bells Toll). The film stars Gregory Peck and David Niven as British commandos who lead a mission to destroy a pair of deadly German batteries before they can devastate an Allied naval convoy. Force 10 from Navarone, a sequel to the film starring Harrison Ford and Robert Shaw was released in 1978.
The following firearms can be seen in The Guns of Navarone: (1961)
1934 Mauser Pocket Pistol
Supressed Mauser M1934 Pistol
Pappadimos's sidearm is a Mauser M1934 which he always uses with a silencer attached. In the end gunbattle, he gives the Beretta to his sister, Maria (Irene Papas) so she can be armed in the end gunbattle but it is confiscated by Mallory after Maria shoots Anna. As is especially noticeable when Mallory shoots the guard who asks for coffee, it does not cycle or eject when fired.
Luger P08 Artillery
The commandos bring Enfield No.2 revolvers as their sidearms. Roy Franklin (Anthony Quayle) uses one to try and commit suicide, (in order not to be a burden for the team so they can complete the mission), but is stopped at the last second by Miller (David Niven). In the beginning of the film, when Mallory recruits Andrea (Anthony Quinn), he pulls out an Enfield from his shoulder holster but then puts it back when he recognizes Mallory.
Sten Mk I
Sten Mk II
Several of the commandos bring Sten Mk II submachine guns with them (modified with a shortened barrel), and use them often against German soldiers. Andrea Stavros (Anthony Quinn) uses a Sten gun at the beginning of the film when a German patrol boat arrives at the Greek fishing boat boat. He kills several Germans with it who climb aboard his boat and also kills several German soldiers with the same gun in the final firefight. Spyros Pappadimos (James Darren) kills several Germans and then confronts their officer (who also has a Sten gun. How the officer got one is unknown) with the Sten. With one exception, (Major Franklin firing his Sten at German soldiers during the ship-battle), all scenes where an actor fires a Sten gun, a prop gun is actually used. This gun is fitted with a small flame device to represent the guns flash (in slow motion you can see that the actors aren't actually pressing the guns trigger in time with the shots).
Sten Mk IIS
Spyro's sister Maria Papadimos carries a SOE supplied Sten Mk IIS with an integral silencer, these weapons were dropped to Resistance units all over Europe during World War II.
The common weapon of the German Army in the film is the MP40 , which is unrealistic. The MP40 was mostly issued to NCO's and other specialist troops. It was not standard issue for line troops. They would have used Mauser rifles.
Unknown sniper rifle - Possibly a Karabiner 98k Sporter
Andreas (Anthony Quinn) carries an unknown bolt-action rifle and kills four Germans with it when they climb the hill. After that, he never fires it again but is seen holding it several times. It is possibly the rifle is a Karabiner 98k Sporter.
Mauser Karabiner 98
Some Germans use Mauser Karabiner 98k rifles, but the MP40 is far more common in the film.
Unknown bolt action rifle
Anna (Gia Scala) is seen carrying a rifle on her back early in the movie. She never fires it nor reveal any details of the type of rifle.
A German vehicle is seen carrying a Browning 1919 at one point in the movie.
On the fishing boat, Pappadimos keeps a Bren gun hidden under a sail he is mending when the German patrol boat arrives. When the Germans discover who they are, Pappadimos opens fire, tearing a hole in the sail and guns down several sailors. The Bren gun is never seen after that, presumed lost when the fishing boat is smashed on the rocks.
Oerlikon 20mm Cannon
The German patrol boat is armed with an Oerlikon 20mm Cannon.